Jan. 14, 2020 By Kristen Torres
Police are looking for a knife-wielding man who punched two women in the face during a series of assaults on Steinway Street last week.
The suspect is wanted in connection to three separate incidents that occurred between 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Jan. 11.
Police said the suspect first approached a 50-year-old woman and her daughter, 9, as they were walking in front of 31-21 Steinway St. around 5:15 p.m. The suspect punched the woman in the face before fleeing northbound on foot. The woman was treated at a medical facility for bleeding and swelling to the face.
The suspect then entered a jewelry store located one block away at 30-07 Steinway St. around 5:20 p.m. and brandished a knife before attempting to punch a 61-year-old victim. There were no reported injuries, according to police.
The suspect then fled northbound on foot and punched a 45-year-old female in the face as she was walking in front of 28-33 Steinway St. around 6 p.m.
EMS responded to the scene and took the victim to Mount Sinai Queens Hospital where she was treated for pain and redness in the face. Police said the suspect then fled southbound toward 30th Avenue.
Anyone with information in regard to the identity of the suspect is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782).
Thank Governor Cuomo, De Blasio, Gianaris, AOC & co.
As of January 1st, 2020 – the list of crimes that will NO LONGER hold a suspect on bail in NYS….
Source: the District Attorneys Association of the State of New York
Assault in the third degree
Aggravated vehicular assault
Aggravated assault upon a person less than eleven years old
Criminally negligent homicide
Aggravated vehicular homicide
Manslaughter in the second degree
Unlawful imprisonment in the first degree
Coercion in the first degree
Arson in the third and fourth degree
Grand larceny in the first degree
Criminal possession of a weapon on school grounds or criminal possession of a firearm
Criminal possession of a controlled substance in the first and second degree
Criminal sale of a controlled substance in the first and second degree
Criminal sale of a controlled substance in or near school grounds
Specified felony drug offenses involving the use of children, including the use of a child to commit a controlled substance offense and criminal sale of a controlled substance to a child
Criminal solicitation in the first degree and criminal facilitation in the first degree
Money laundering in support of terrorism in the third and fourth degree
Making a terroristic threat
Patronizing a person for prostitution in a school zone
Promoting an obscene sexual performance by a child
Possessing an obscene sexual performance by a child
Promoting a sexual performance by a child
Failure to register as a sex offender
Obstructing governmental administration in the first and second degree
Obstructing governmental administration by means of a self-defense spray device
Bribery in the first degree
Bribe giving for public office
Bribe receiving in the first degree
Promoting prison contraband in the first and second degree
Tampering with a juror and tampering with physical evidence
Aggravated harassment in the first degree
Directing a laser at an aircraft in the first degree
Criminal possession of a weapon in the fourth degree
Criminal sale of a firearm to a minor
Enterprise corruption and money laundering in the first degree
Aggravated cruelty to animals, overdriving, torturing and injuring animals
Failure to provide proper sustenance
Get a grip, get a life, and get over it!
Any comment from Costa and his trusty podium on this? Or was he at a ribbon cutting elsewhere? Bring back stop and frisk already.
Costa should comment on every crime in Queens.
Isn’t the “muh stop n frisk” a little played out for you boomers now? I thought the new racist catchphrase was “build the wall?”
Millennial here and 100% in favor of stop n frisk. Crime in NYC is drastically increasing.
Durr hurr hurr ok boomer.
Costa should act like he lives in the neighborhood. Then drag out his trusty podium to ay something. Instead he runs for Borough President while quality of life in Astoria is declining. But you keep making witty comments like “boomer” while using the free wifi at the library.
It’s actually the free wifi in their parent’s basement.
How would like your mother, wife or daughter getting punched in the face randomly by some man during the late afternoon and no official making a public statement at least about how we will not tolerate this kind of behavior in our neighborhood. If the lady was Muslim I am sure the media would of told us by now and our officials would of held a press conference condemning this behavior. But I guess since the council member is running for borough president he tries to steer away from commenting on the assaults and crime in his own district taking place. Perhaps someone needs to spit on a LGBT flag and record it for our local official to comment and speak against it publicly.
Why do you have to relate everything to muslims?
In case you did not know Astoria has a large Muslim population. Islamophobia and Anti-Muslim hate is on the rise. Our officials spoke up against the graffiti that was scribbled on the Ditmars/Steinway bus stop last month.
As a Muslim living in Astoria I am well aware of the Muslim society. I was hit on the street by someone and the police refused to arrest the person because there was no mark on me other than my flown cell phone. I was not attacked because I was a Muslim though. I have been working on the street over 12 years now I can easily tell the crime is up. It is under reported. Being Muslim does not make you get better justice than others at all. That was my point above. You want to know what is the real struggle of Muslims face? Economical.. Go try renting a house, getting a good job and see how difficult those are…
Back in the day this could never have happened in Astoria…. people used to get involved…I know I have
Those days are long gone around here and the criminals know it.
LOL I bet Boomer
Keep voting for Dems Astoria
I do not blame the cops for not being able to find and stop him after the first attack. The sun goes down at around 5 pm in January and the suspect would be a lot harder to see and find.
My heart goes out to the victims but this could also be a cry for help from the suspect. The random attacks that we have been seeing lately in our neighborhood are usually a result of mentally illness and has nothing to do with hate.
No one said it was hate. Good thing for the Thrive program by the current mayors wife at a cost of one billion dollars to the taxpayers of this city. Looks like it’s working perfectly. This person will get a free metrocard, a debit card, get out of jail free card to do it again, and again, and again. But meanwhile if I was out and about with my family and I defend my family and/or myself against someone like this, guess what I would probably be the one to get arrested. There are too many instances where so called low level crimes are unchecked because of the far left no bail law and stop and frisk is no more that leaves almost a free for all to conduct said low level crimes because they know that there will be zero consequences.
Does it really matter the reason
Why is he allowed to be out alone?
DeBlasio is worthless, useless and is giving the criminals more rights than our tax paying citizens. I have lived in Astoria for over 40 years seen the good and the bad. I am shocked that this person has not been caught, put more police on foot patrol.
Does it matter if he’s caught? Will be out before I’m a few hours. There’s a bigger problem. Now one is immune to it not even Bernie supporters
WTF! He’s probably a really good guy that just woke up on the wrong side of the bed. Give him some free Mets tickets
Seriously. I can’t think of any worse punishment than having to watch The Mets…
I wouldn’t be surprised if he is a resident at our local homeless shelter. Perhaps the police should drop by and have a look. 80% of the homeless shelter residents have some sort of mental illness.
Crime is getting worse and worse and closer to home. What is happening to our beloved Astoria? I feel like the entire neighborhood and businesses should come together and create some sort of neighborhood watch before something worse happens. How can we start this? We all need to look out for each other. Women, children, and the elderly are being targeted now and in the busiest of times and places (Steinway Street!), with no shame or fear! Now is the time to become vigilant.
C’mon Astoria neighbors, what can we do?!
Oh look another backyardigan
Where my triggered Boomers at?!?! We need to hear about how DeBlasio teleported this guy from the 1970’s as part of his pro-crime agenda to bring the City back to those days.
Keep voting for liberal Democrats and Astoria will become Chicago really quick. We need to elect moderate democrats that are pro middle class families, pro union, pro blue collar jobs, etc.
The victimes need help. He needs to be locked up before more people get hurt.
The people in Astoria need help more than this criminal. I used to live in Astoria & there were crimes, homeless but it wasn’t that f..k up under this de bullshit mayor. I wonder what the people in Astoria or Queens did to this de bullshit now he is like having his revenge on Astoria or Queens.
They will catch him and then he will be released on recognizance.
Clearly this man could live anywhere in Astoria. He needs help.
Why bother catching and arresting him? He’ll be back on Steinway in two hours with a Starbucks gift card and Mets tickets. Nice job, Democrats!
Doesn’t need help, needs to be arrested
I thought the victims would need help. Since when did we start to worry about the offenders??? I salute your scientific competency if you decided that this offender has psychological issues by watching a video…
He needs help??? Who gives two craps about him? We need help, the normal people who have to live in this crime sanctuary city.
I cant believe he continued his assaults within the same hour around the same area of Steinway Street and no cop was stationed there after the woman was punched in the face in front of her daughter. Or maybe they were there but did not want to risk losing their job by looking for the suspect and approaching him when he was walking around.
He even looks crazy.
We need more cops on foot patrol like they were doing in the beginning of the month when NYC was on heightened terror alert.
Things will only get worse around here as they did in Brooklyn in order for this mayor and the police to react. Stop making excuses for all these assaults and crimes.
My teenage children come home from after school activities during this time in that area. Its just so sad and horrifying what Astoria has turned into.
He’ll get a slap on the wrist and free Mets tickets.
Prison reform is going to be just great.
Trump lovers think recidivism is hilarious! Then they complain about crime…
That’s actually a Democrat thing.
Anyone know where I can purchase pepper spray? I need to protect myself.
Almost any Hardware Store.
This is happening all over NYC. Very sad.
This is why I’m moving to to the burbs and selling my place to some AOC loving progressive millennials. This is not an environment to raise a family in, and I agree it will continue to get worse unless the liberal regime is voted out. Even though Bloomberg is running as a Democrat we all know he’s not a liberal at heart. Quality of life has noticeably declined under this mayor.
Oh so you’re not really an NY resident anymore, so your opinion is completely worthless
Oh snap! You sure showed him.
Not quite. Lived in the neighborhood for 20 years and will be moving just North of the city (still in NY).
Better to be poor and free than to be rich and a slave which you are to the system sheep~!
This is what happens with no bail and all the other soft on crime policies.
What is going on with the face bashings? Many are women and/or elderly victims.
The women are more savage than the men.
Do you mean to tell me that the police couldn’t find him between 5:20 and 6:00? No one in this age of cellphones called 911?
No one calls the police unless it’s for their own benefit nowadays. They’re too busy taking “selfies”, recording crimes instead of reporting them. It’s a sad time when people are throwing water, milk, Chinese food at police officers instead of hailing the men and women that protect us 24/7/365. Liberals created this, voted for it, now lie in the bed you made and others have to suffer for it.
The grimy 70’s and 80’s are making a strong comeback.
A criminal’s best friend!!!!!
I 100% blame the liberal Democrats that passed all these criminal reforms & restricted police from doing their job. Criminals are emboldened by Deblasio, AOC, Cuomo and the rest of the clowns.