The man who hauled off and punched a 56-year old Asian woman walking in Chinatown has a lengthy criminal record and has been arrested for five assaults since July.
Alexander Wright, 48, has been arrested for 15 felonies, 25 misdemeanors, and one violation since his 17th birthday.
In the past year alone, Wright has been arrested eight times, including an open case from July where he punched a 72-year old man in the face at a bus stop. He has been charged with five different assaults just since July. Wright is homeless and his last known address is a shelter on Wards Island in New York.
Video of his recent random attack on an Asian woman spread like wildfire because it was so unbelievable that someone could so callously punch a complete stranger in the face like that.
One of several bystanders to the May 31 incident, Jin Zhen, posted a video to Instagram in the aftermath of the attack. He said that he ran to a nearby police precinct and alerted officers who were able to track down Wright several blocks away.
At Wright’s arraignment on Wednesday, prosecutors recommended high bail to keep him behind bars while highlighting his recent arrests that included random, violent attacks. One case that they detailed was an open case from July where he punched a man at a bus stop in the Bronx.
‘In that case, the defendant is accused of striking a 72-year-old man in the face with a closed fist, causing the victim to fall to the ground,’ Manhattan assistant district attorney William Darling told the judge. ‘The victim in that case did then seek treatment at a hospital. He is currently released on his own recognizance. The defendant has failed to appear twice on that case and has been returned on warrants both times.’
‘The defendant pled guilty to two violent crimes in New York County only four days ago,’ Darling continued, one where he ‘threw a rock through a window, causing damage to the window, and minutes later grabbed a stranger by the face, scratching the victim’s face causing lacerations to his face and substantial pain.’
In the other, ‘the defendant threw hot coffee into the faces and eyes of two traffic officers, causing redness and substantial pain.’
He then detailed Monday’s assault, pointing out that Wright walked up to a complete stranger and ‘struck her in the face with a closed fist so hard that her hat flew off her head, she fell to the ground, and lost consciousness.’
‘Given the defendant’s record the viciousness of this attack, the People are currently recommending 364 days jail,’ Darling argued.
Judge Angela Badamo agreed and recommended that bail be set at $15,000 cash.
Wright has a very long rap sheet with a wide variety of crimes listed — from criminal mischief to aggravated harassment.
A troubled and violent man with a history of three suicide attempts, he’s been arrested for 15 felonies, 25 misdemeanors and one violation. He’s been charged four times with resisting arrest, the records show.
His arrests run the spectrum from assault to criminal mischief, reckless endangerment, petit larceny, disorderly conduct, criminal possession of a controlled substance, public lewdness, menacing, criminal sale of marijuana, criminal contempt and aggravated harassment.
Crime is getting out of control in NYC with Mayor Bill de Blasio’s progressive, soft-on-crime policies.
Wright’s latest brush with the law comes amid spiraling crime in New York, and criticism of de Blasio’s soft-on-crime approach. He slashed $1billion from the NYPD’s operating budget last year.
De Blasio says crimes have soared because the world was ‘turned on its head’ with COVID – but Big Apple residents aren’t buying that excuse. His 2020 bail reforms were intended to tackle the disproportionate number of poor people jailed for not being able to afford to pay bail.
Those reforms see many suspects charged with serious crimes released back onto the streets without having to pay bail – with many subsequently reoffending while free.
Source: Daily Mail
Remember how Rudy Giuliani’s tough-on-crime policies turned New York around from a dangerous, violent sh*t-hole to a vibrant, lively city that was pretty darned safe? The dumb anti-police, pro-crime policies of the current mayor of New York are reversing that in record time.
Great work, de Blasio!
by Doug Giles
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