CHELSEA — A man punched a pregnant woman, tossed her to the ground, kicked her and told her he was going to kill her baby — all because she didn't thank him for holding the door, according to the victim and NYPD.
"He said, 'I'm going to kick this baby out of your womb,'" victim Lakeeya Walker told DNAinfo New York.
Walker, 22, a NYCHA caretaker at the Elliot Houses, was taken to Lenox Hill Hospital after the March 5 attack at the complex at 428 W. 26th St., police said. Doctors first told her that a blood clot had formed near the fetus's head, but later said she was safe and her pregnancy had survived the attack.
Darryl Guillyard, 32, who lives at the complex, opened the door for Walker — who seven weeks pregnant — at 10:15 a.m., according to the NYPD and police sources.
When she failed to thank him for opening it, Guillyard called her "an ungrateful f--king b---h" and threw a cup of Dunkin Donuts coffee in her face, he then picked up the 5-foot 2-inch, 110-pound woman by the neck and started choking her. During the attack, he kicked her in the stomach and crotch after throwing her to the ground as she lay on the ground, she said.
"I was just thinking, try to protect yourself, try to protect yourself," she said. "He was trying to kill my baby."
Walker's supervisor took her to Lenox Hill Hospital after the 10:15 a.m. attack, which left her bruised and scratched and which was caught on surveillance camera, she said.
Guillyard is described by police at 5'10" tall and weighing 190 pounds. No arrests have been made and the investigation is ongoing, authorities said.
Walker, a NYCHA caretaker, had just been assigned to work at the Elliot Houses a few months prior, she said.
NYCHA head Shola Olatoye expressed concern about the attack.
"I’m deeply disturbed that one of our employees was the victim of a horrific assault, and relieved that both she and the baby are doing fine and she has safely returned home from the hospital," she said in a statement. "We are providing assistance to the employee and cooperating with the authorities as they investigate this appalling crime.”
NYCHA said it had offered Walker employee assistance such as counseling and had reassigned her to a different work site.
Walker was confused about how the attacker knew of her pregnancy, which is not yet visible. She did not know the perpetrator but thought the attack may have been premeditated.
Though she is diminutive and pregnant, Walker is tough and resilient. She was shoveling snow just before the attack.
"My arms were already weak off the shovels," she said.
She showed up for work the next day but was told to report to a different NYCHA complex, Amsterdam Houses. Her doctor told her to rest and recover, but Walker said she was afraid to lose her job. She spent this week gathering paperwork to try and take time off, she said.
"I'm in my first year," she explained. "I don't know the procedures."
Walker said she clawed at the attacker's face as he gripped her with his hand.
"I was fighting this guy back with everything in my little body," she said.
She said her arms, back and crotch were in pain and that she had trouble sleeping since the attack, which she called "traumatizing."
"Physically, my body still hurts, but the baby is okay," she said.