65-Year-Old Man Attacked in Washington Square Park, Cops Say

By Andrea Swalec on August 15, 2013 8:01am 

 A 65-year-old man told cops a stranger assaulted him near Washington Square North and Washington Square East on Aug. 11, 2013.
A 65-year-old man told cops a stranger assaulted him near Washington Square North and Washington Square East on Aug. 11, 2013.
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WEST VILLAGE — A senior citizen was strolling through Washington Square Park Saturday morning when a stranger suddenly assaulted him, he told police.

The 65-year-old male was approached by a man near Washington Square North and Washington Square East on Saturday about 8:30 a.m., police said. Without saying a word, the younger man kicked the senior in the ribs and punched him in the face, leaving him with pain in his chest and scrapes to his face.

Robert Burton, 34, was found during a police canvas and arrested for the attack. He faces misdemeanor charges for assault and attempted assault, plus a violation charge for harassment. The Iowa native was being held at Manhattan Detention Complex on $500 bail as of Wednesday and is due in court on Friday.

Information on who is representing Burton was not immediately available.

Other notable crimes in this week's NYPD blotter in the 6th Precinct include:

► A second senior was attacked outside his Christopher Street home later on Saturday.

A 69-year-old man told police a stranger slapped him in the face about 5:45 p.m. Saturday, making him fall to the ground and strike his right temple.

Bernard Roxbury, 45, was arrested for the crime soon afterward and charged with felony assault, as his victim was older than age 65. Roxbury was released and is due in court Nov. 25, court records show.

His lawyer did not immediately respond to an inquiry.

► A teen swiped a stick of deodorant from the CVS on Sixth Avenue at Carmine Street, police said.

Quashawna Taylor, 18, was seen in the 307 Sixth Ave. store tucking a $5 stick of Dove deodorant into her purse, an employee told police.

When the CVS worker stopped the teen, Taylor threatened him, police said.

"I'm gonna mace you!" she said, according to police.

Taylor was found with the stolen merchandise, arrested and charged with one felony count of robbery, police said. Taylor was being held on $10,000 bail on Wednesday and was due in court Thursday.

Taylor's lawyer did not immediately respond to an inquiry.

► A would-be phone thief tackled a woman on her way out of the West Fourth Street subway station on Monday.

A 42-year-old woman was walking up the staircase on the northwest corner of Sixth Avenue and Waverly Place, near the Waverly Restaurant, about noon on Monday when a man grabbed her from behind, forced her to the ground and tried to rip her cell phone from her hand, she told police. 

When she screamed for help, the man ran westbound on Waverly Place, where he was caught by a good Samaritan, cops said.

Police arrested Jimmy Bostick, 23. He was hit with one felony count of attempted robbery and was being held at Manhattan Detention Complex on $15,000 bail. He's due in court Friday.

Bostick's lawyer did not immediately respond to an inquiry.

The victim of the attempted theft injured her elbow during the attack and was taken to Beth Israel Medical Center, police said.

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