50 women attacked randomly in Manhattan so far this year: NYPD

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Fifty women person been randomly attacked by strangers truthful acold this twelvemonth successful nan little half of Manhattan, an NYPD charismatic said.

“The inclination that I’m getting from nan group that we’re arresting, nan mostly of them are homeless, nan mostly of them look for illustration they request immoderate benignant of thief pinch intelligence illness,” Chief of Detectives Joseph Kenny said astatine One Police Plaza Tuesday.

Most of nan attacks don’t look to beryllium copycats and cops don’t see them a trend, Kenny said.

But immoderate of them person go precocious floor plan because of victims posting connected societal media, he said.

Chief of Detectives Joseph Kenny said that 50 women person been randomly attacked truthful acold successful 2024. Paul Martinka
Mikayla Toninato says she was randomly punched by a man she didn’t cognize successful Manhattan. mikaylatonianato/TikTok

“This is nary caller phenomenon,” Kenny said. “It’s conscionable being reported astatine a higher complaint and getting a batch much publicity than it usually does because of societal media . . . we invited that. We want to promote reporting truthful that we tin make these arrests.” 

Out of nan 50 female victims, 37 were attacked successful nan thoroughfare and 13 successful nan transit system, he said.

Some were punched and others were struck pinch objects.

Arrests person been made successful 14 of nan attacks, he said.

Overall, location person been 95 random attacks truthful acold successful 2024, a 12.8% alteration from nan 109 successful nan aforesaid play of 2023, he said.

He did not supply information connected really galore women were attacked successful nan aforesaid play past year.

“I didn’t spot him coming astatine all. I screamed retired of shock. He knocked my caput backmost truthful difficult I conscionable benignant of for illustration gasped and screamed,” she said of nan 6-foot-tall maniac. Courtesy of Mikayla Toninato
Halley McGookin — who goes by “Halley Kate” connected TikTok — posted video astir being punched. Halley Kate / TikTok

Social influencer Halley McGookin — who goes by “Halley Kate” connected TikTok — posted a tearful video astir being randomly punched successful nan look March 25 successful Chelsea.

“You guys, I was virtually conscionable stepping and a man came up and punched maine successful nan face,” nan weeping blonde said successful nan video that’s garnered 5.2 cardinal likes. “OMG. It hurts truthful bad.”

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Two days later, cops arrested Skiboky Stora, a perennial down-ballot governmental campaigner who ran for mayor, and charged him pinch battle and harassment, records show.

He was besides charged pinch 2 attacks successful Manhattan past year, Kenny said.

Cops arrested Skiboky Stora and charged him pinch battle and harassment successful 1 of nan attacks. @skiboky_stora / Instagram

Mikayla Toninato, 27, told The Post she was stiff successful daze March 26 erstwhile she was punched successful nan look by a man she didn’t cognize successful Union Square. 

“I didn’t spot him coming astatine all. I screamed retired of shock. He knocked my caput backmost truthful difficult I conscionable benignant of for illustration gasped and screamed,” she said of nan 6-foot-tall maniac.

Marketing master Stephanie Weng from nan Financial District, told The Post she feels “unsafe” knowing nan man who deed her successful nan look adjacent Union Square March 20 is still retired there.

“I deliberation he was really benignant of intentional pinch his actions,” nan 33-year-old said. “And it conscionable was conscionable like, ace traumatizing and for illustration very, very scary erstwhile it did happen. It’s really benignant of difficult for maine to talk about.”


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