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Man follows woman into her Astoria apartment building, places her in chokehold, punches her in face causing bone fractures

Photo of suspect released by NYPD

Aug. 16, 2017 By Nathaly Pesantez

A man followed a woman into her Astoria apartment yesterday, placed her in a chokehold and repeatedly punched her in the face causing bone fractures–before stealing her purse, according to police.

The suspect followed the victim into her residential building near 31st Drive and 21st Street at around 7:30 am Tuesday, got onto an elevator with her and got out on the same floor she did. Upon exiting to the floor, the suspect then put the woman in a chokehold and punched her in the face repeatedly.

The assailant then took the victim’s purse, which contained her credit cards, police say.

The woman was taken to a New York Presbyterian Hospital, where she was treated for several bone fractures. Her condition is stable, according to police.

Police have released a surveillance photo of the suspect, who is described as male, Black, between 25 to 30 years old, and 160 pounds. He was last seen wearing brown boots, blue jeans, and a black shirt.

Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS or for Spanish 1-888-57-PISTA (74782).


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California bound

You must look behind you when entering any building. If there is someone you do not recognize…male or female….let them go first …if they have no key, turn around and walk away. Two weeks ago some creep was smoking by my entrance and dumped the cigarette as I reached for my keys… radar said “get the hell out of here”……I walked across the street to the deli and waited until I saw him leave…
I have lived in a building for more than 30 years…we never let anyone in just because they rang any bell to get in…..even our kids. Now with all the delivery people ringing any and all bells to drop a package in the lobby or some food delivery person who needs to get paid…people do not respond from their apartments and just let any jerk into the building. Use your brains.
That poor woman did not deserve such a beating…that creep could have taken her wallet and got lost. I’m sure this garbage is still around here somewhere.

Lost in the sauce

Yeah a doorman. Do you hear yourself. A doorman? A doormans gonna say screw you , i dont get paid to be security, especially if he’s union. Dope. Man , the clowns that comment.


Time for every building to have a doorman. I know it means the rent will go up but better safe and security than to have these types of incidents. I would gladly pay a little more rent per month to have doorman/ security guard.


If you can afford a place with a doorman I think its a plus for around here. All the newer buildings in LIC have them and it is safer.


How did he get into the building? The front door has no locks? Or did someone let him in ignoring basic safety precautions? Or ignoring basic instincts out of fear they may hurt his feelings or its not the politically correct thing to do?


What do you mean by “politically correct”? We all know that people let others in all the time, especially in large buildings where people don’t know each other well. There was even a Seinfeld episode.


Well people need to think of this incident when they are letting random people into a building! Especially when it is early in the morning or late at night and fewer people are around in the common areas. Be safe!


Definitely. It’s something I’m concerned about, but other residents in my building still let in whoever buzzes. Then there are the Airbnb-ers, coming and going. It makes people confused about who lives in my bldg and who doesn’t. But, to be very clear, a person’s race shouldn’t be a factor. That was my point. Just know who you let in to the building.


Parents and educators teach our children to stay away from strangers and not to open the door for someone we do not know. But yet as adults we ignore or are told to ignore those life lessons. “All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten.”


We would leave the front door open 20 years ago. Hardly anything occurred. We all knew are neighbors and it was a tight knit community. Children would play outside and parents did not fear traffic or crime in general. Places of business would close at a decent time and that is why Astoria was full of families and the working middle class. We had block parties and people looked out for each other. The local business community catered to the locals. Perhaps you mean in other parts of NYC or Queens that crime is down compared to today but Astoria never really had any crime issues and that why it is booming today.


In the 60’s and 70’s it was pretty bad with all the heroin addicts coming back from Vietnam, but frankly, in those days, you could catch a serious beating if you messed with a woman or child in Astoria. No one would see anything either.




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