By Maria Rocha-Buschel
Police arrested Louisiana resident Tyler Lockett, 22, on Tuesday in connection with a home invasion that took place in the East Village earlier this summer.
According to the NYPD, Lockett followed a 21-year-old woman into her apartment building near East 12th Street and Avenue A on Friday, July 26 around 1:45 a.m. The victim later told the New York Post that Lockett had wrapped his arm around her throat while she was trying to open her door, causing her to briefly lose consciousness.
Police said that Lockett also forcefully pushed his way into her apartment and grabbed her, told her to shut up and allegedly threw her to the ground while covering her mouth to prevent her from screaming.
The victim’s 22-year-old roommate, who was home at the time and had been sleeping, woke up and encountered Lockett, who then allegedly fled the scene. Police said that he was last seen fleeing on foot near East 11th Street and First Avenue.
Lockett did not take any property from the victim, who was not seriously injured as a result of the incident.
Police said that Lockett is known to frequent areas in Williamsburg and East Williamsburg, and he was arrested for an alleged robbery and home invasion in that area on January 25. Police said that during that incident, Lockett forced his way into a 23-year-old woman’s apartment and locked the door before allegedly grabbing her purse and fighting with the victim, knocking her to the ground and causing an injury to her knee.
Lockett was in jail for the January burglary until July 23 and committed the alleged home invasion in the East Village only three days after his release, and subsequently committed additional sexually-motivated crimes, police said.
Lockett was arrested on August 2 for an incident that took place in Brooklyn on July 28, when he was charged with robbery and assault. The Post reported that in that incident, Lockett assaulted a woman at the corner of Bushwick and Montrose Avenues, putting his hand over her mouth and ripping her shirt, but he fled the scene when she punched him.
He is also reportedly suspected in an assault on July 29 and was then arrested on August 2 after he allegedly followed a woman home and pushed his way into her apartment in Williamsburg, exposing himself and reportedly attempting to choke her.
Lockett has been charged with burglary in connection with the East Village home invasion.
He pleaded not guilty to the charges in connection with the incidents in Brooklyn but has not yet been arraigned for the alleged burglary in the East Village. Lawyer information for Lockett was not available by T&V’s press time.