By Maria Rocha-Buschel
Police arrested a 32-year-old man for allegedly threatening a woman who was inside her car with her infant in Chelsea last week, and he was also charged with reportedly threatening Good Samaritans who attempted to chase him down.
Police said that the 39-year-old victim was sitting in her car while it was parked in front of 136 West 17th Street on Tuesday, September 25 at 3:25 p.m. and was waiting for her 16-month-old daughter to wake up when Gabriel Rodriguez allegedly approached her and threatened her with a knife, reportedly attempting to steal her car.
Two witnesses who attempted to chase Rodriguez down reported that the suspect threatened them with the knife as well.
Police said that Rodriguez ran west on West 17th Street and turned around to face the two witnesses at Seventh Avenue, allegedly menacing the men who were chasing him.
Rodriguez got away at the time but he was arrested for attempted robbery, menacing and endangering the welfare of a child inside the 13th precinct at 9:15 a.m. on Friday, September 28.
The District Attorney’s office said that Rodriguez’s bail was set at $50,000 cash or bond. An attorney for Rodriguez could not be reached for comment.