Police arrest hammer attack suspect

Photo of hammer attack suspect

Photo of hammer attack suspect

The man shot by police yesterday who’s believed to be the hammer-wielding lunatic who attacked four people on Monday, has since been arrested.

Police announced on Thursday morning that the man, who’s been identified as David Baril, has been arrested and charged with seven counts of felony assault as well as criminal possession of a weapon.

Baril was approached by the cops on a midtown street Wednesday morning when, according to the NYPD, he began swinging at a female officer, Lauren O’Rourke, with a hammer. It was her partner, Geraldo Casaigne, who shot Baril, striking him twice, once in the right arm and once in the torso. He was taken to Bellevue Hospital for treatment. Police said he is in critical but stable condition.

Baril was stopped by the cops after they recognized him as the suspect behind a string of random attacks on three women and one man, who were each struck on the head with a hammer. The cops had been in the area for an unrelated assault, according to the Post, who added that Baril has a long rap sheet that includes assaulting a police officer and jumping a counter at a KFC and punching an employee.

On Monday, his crime spree reportedly began by attacking a man on West 35th Street, a woman sitting inside Union Square Park, a woman walking on West 17th Street west of Sixth Avenue and a woman near Madison Square Park.

O’Rourke sustained abrasions and lacerations to the back of her head and back and taken to Bellevue Hospital. Casaigne was also taken to Bellevue for tinnitus. Both officers have been treated and released.

Police Commissioner Bratton visited the two officers at the hospital on Wednesday.

Note: This article is updated from the print version about the shooting to include information about the arrest and additional details about the incident from the police.

Police hunting man behind commercial burglary spree

Surveillance photo of burglary suspect

Surveillance photo of burglary suspect

Police are looking for a burglar who they say has forcefully broken into businesses and swiped laptops and cash. The addresses hit have been in the 13th and 13th and Midtown South Precincts.
The suspect is 30-35 years old, black, 5’8″ tall and180 lbs. He has a gap between his front two teeth, wears black glasses and has been seen wearing a black hat with the word “BROOKLYN” in white.
The string of burglaries started on Monday, April 28, when he entered the Michael Alan Group, an event marketing business at 22 West 38th Street, and took an iPad, Mac book Air and cash.
On Friday, May 9, he broke into 114 West 26th Street, home to magazine and website publisher Hay Market Media, and grabbed a Dell Laptop.
On Saturday, May 24, he entered the office of Crossmedia Inc., 22 West 23rd Street and took several Mac Books and a bottle of bourbon.
On Friday, May 30, he went inside 20 West 23rd Street to the APICA office and left with a laptop.
On Monday, June 2, he went back to the Michael Alan Group office and got away with some cash.
On Thursday, June 12, the man got into Best Apartments, a real estate firm at 119 West 23rd Street, but left without taking anything.
On Friday, June 13, he returned to 22 West 38th Street for the third time, this time to the office of Prompt Business and took laptops and cash.
On Friday, June 13, he went to 363 7th Avenue and stole laptops from Soft Tech Health.
On Friday, June 20, he made off with an undetermined amount of cash from a business at 24 West 23rd Street.
Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477). The public can also text tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.