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.