By Maria Rocha-Buschel
A 17-year-old girl was arrested for assaulting a senior while she was trying to get into her building in Stuyvesant Town on Monday evening.
Police said that the victim, who is older than 65, was walking up to the building at 430 East 20th Street around 7:40 p.m. on September 16 when she spotted the teens, a boy and a girl, standing outside the door. As she approached the building, she said that one of the teens told her that his phone was dead and wanted her to let them inside the building.
The victim said that she told them they needed to call security if they wanted help getting inside and one of the teens allegedly responded, “You’re not opening the door because we’re black.”
The victim said that she then turned around to walk away from the building when the teens grabbed her from behind and knocked her to the ground before grabbing her purse and fleeing the scene by heading west.
In an email to residents on Tuesday evening, StuyTown general manager Rick Hayduk said that Public Safety provided surveillance images to the NYPD depicting the male suspect. The wanted flyer released by the NYPD indicated that police are looking for 17-year-old David Young.
Hayduk said in the email that the incident took less than eight minutes from the time that the two teens entered Stuy Town, allegedly robbed the resident and fled the scene.
“Public Safety Officers are out and about but cannot be everywhere at all times,” he said, also reminding residents that safety features include the emergency call stations with blue lights that connect directly to public safety, “security” buttons on lobby video intercoms and walk-in command centers in 2 Stuyvesant Oval and at the entrance to Peter Cooper Village at East 22nd Street and First Avenue.
“We recognize that one crime in our community is one too many,” he added. “We’re working with the 13th Precinct and other stakeholders to review our Public Safety department’s processes to increase the visibility of the officers and other ways we can reach our goal of zero incidents. Achieving this goal may be unattainable due to the reality of urban living, but one we will pursue every day with more rigor than the day before. We expect to implement these recommendations over the next couple of months while Public Safety retains its presence around the communities.”
The girl was arrested on September 17 at 11:50 a.m. She was charged with felony assault in addition to robbery, with the higher assault charge being added because the victim is older than 65.
Town & Village previously posted this story online with a photo of the terrace level at 430 East 20th Street but a resident, and the email from Hayduk, clarified that the incident occurred outside the M level adjacent to Playground 1.
This is an updated version of a previous story posted yesterday.