By Maria Rocha-Buschel
Following the arrest of a man wanted for a random attack in Union Square Park last week, Deputy Inspector Steven Hellman said at the 13th Precinct Community Council’s meeting on Tuesday that the neighborhood has seen a slight increase in unprovoked assaults recently.
Hellman noted the uptick after a woman at the meeting said that a homeless woman approached her and punched her in the head while she was waiting for the bus with her granddaughter.
“We’re seeing a lot of this even minor level harassment and assaults but we are making apprehensions,” he said, adding that the arrests have included homeless and emotionally disturbed individuals.
Hellman noted that officers have made an arrest on another random attack that occurred in Union Square Park, in which the suspect fractured the victim’s eye socket. A witness told police that he saw the victim and the suspect, 33-year-old Tyrone George, get into an argument inside the park on Tuesday, March 3 around 9:40 p.m.
George allegedly began to punch the victim, knocking him to the ground, and also started kicking him, causing serious physical injuries to the victim’s face. Police said that the victim sustained a fracture to his left eye socket as a result of the suspect punching and kicking him.
George and the victim did not know each other, police said, and no further information was available about what started the dispute.
Hellman said on Tuesday that officers were able to track George down because he had also been arrested at the end of February for an incident that occurred last December at the McDonald’s location in Union Square. The New York Post reported in that incident that George allegedly punched a man inside the restaurant multiple times, even once the victim fell to the floor. The Post reported that George could be seen on a video allegedly throwing a chair as well.
George was charged with felony assault for the recent incident in Union Square Park because the victim was seriously injured. The man was arrested inside the 13th precinct on Thursday, March 5 at 10 a.m.