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An 92-year-old white woman walking with a stroller in New York City was ATTACKED by a stranger!
The shocking footage was caught on a security camera and quickly went viral.
The footage shows a young man pushing the elderly woman towards a fire hydrant for no reason whatsoever!
There was no altercation or provocation.
It appears to be a random act of violence. Some users are even suspecting if it's a racially motivated hate crime.
See the horrible video below:
The NYPD quickly put out alerts trying to find the man who committed this horrible crime.
On Tuesday, Chief Rodney Harrison tweeted that the suspect has been identified and has been arrested!
On June 12 at 3rd Avenue between 15th and 16th Street, this individual pushed a 92-year-old woman to the ground causing her to strike her head on a fire hydrant.
Senseless Violence, especially towards the defenseless, can never be justified!
Ever since the aftermath of George Floyd's death, racial tensions have been high.
Rioting and looting have appeared to be defended by some members of the Democratic party.
It is unclear if this incident is related to the larger societal conversation around George Floyd, but it's a question that many are wondering.
CBS New York confirms that the man has been arrested:
The NYPD has a suspect in custody, caught on camera assaulting an elderly woman in Gramercy Park.
It’s not his first arrest. Police say he’s been arrested dozens of times before on a slew of charges.
CBS2’s Jenna DeAngelis spoke to the victim.
The disturbing assault was caught on surveillance video. A 92-year-old woman was walking on Third Avenue when for no apparent reason a man pushes her. She hits her head on a fire hydrant on her way to the ground.
The man takes nothing, watching her struggle as he walks away.
“I can’t believe that someone would do this,” the woman told DeAngelis.
Even more disbelief for the woman when DeAngelis showed her the surveillance video for the first time.
“Oh, he did look back. He did look back to see me fall on the floor, that rat!” she said.
She didn’t want to give her name, but gave DeAngelis a look at her injuries, which sent her to Mount Sinai Beth Israel hospital.
“He hit me on the left – ow – that hurts to touch it,” she said, indicating her head. “[My arm] was all bloody.”
“This man did nothing except change my life and almost kill me,” she added.
It happened on Third Avenue between 15th and 16th Street. The woman was on the way to the store Friday when she was struck in the middle of the day by a stranger.
“With my visor on and my face mask, so he barely saw who I was. He just saw an elderly lady walking slowly and he decided I’m perfect for a victim,” she said. “I’m not going to walk on the street alone right now, absolutely not.”
It was an anonymous tip that led to the arrest of the 31-year old suspect.
His name is Rashid Brimmage.
He was arrested in Harlem and is a registered sex offender.
According to police records, Brimmage has been arrested 65 times.
That is not a typo: sixty-five times!
It appears that he is committed to a life of crime...
It must take a cold heart to push down a defenseless 92-year-old woman.
NBC New York confirms that Rashid Brimmage is a serial attacker and that the woman is in stable condition:
A 31-year-old man has been arrested in connection with an apparently random attack on a 92-year-old woman in Manhattan four days ago, authorities say.
The suspect, Rashid Brimmage of the Bronx, was charged with assault shortly after he was taken into custody Tuesday. Police believe he is the person seen on disturbing video shoving the 92-year-old woman named Geraldine to the ground on Third Avenue between 15th and 16th streets on Friday afternoon.
The woman hit her head on a fire hydrant as she was pushed. Jarring surveillance footage captured the attack. It shows the woman walking along the street. A man is seen approaching her from the opposite direction.
As they pass, the man calmly flicks out one arm and topples the woman, along with her shopping cart, to the pavement. She was taken to a hospital in stable condition.
"When they helped me up, I said 'what happened' because I didn't even know what happened. It was completely out of the blue," said Geraldine, who was born and raised in the city. She said she never feared walking alone through her Gramercy Park neighborhood, until now.
Days after the attack, Geraldine said she is feeling better overall, despite where her head hit the hydrant still hurting, and says she is afraid to go back outside.
"I'm so happy he was arrested. Boy, he should stay in jail and think about what he did. Try to change, and try to make himself better," the nonagenarian victim said.
It wasn't immediately clear if Brimmage had an attorney who could comment on his arrest Tuesday in Harlem. He is facing assault charges.
Hopefully his arrest sends a message to other would-be-attackers.
This kind of behavior is not tolerated or acceptable in a civil society!
Walking down the street, especially in broad daylight, isn't something that any law-abiding citizen should have to fear!