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Woman Beaten for Refusing to Tell Stranger Her Name in Chelsea, NYPD Says

By Maya Rajamani | August 10, 2017 3:40pm
 The northeast corner of West 25th Street and 10th Avenue, where police say the 34-year-old woman was attacked.
The northeast corner of West 25th Street and 10th Avenue, where police say the 34-year-old woman was attacked.
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CHELSEA — A stranger punched a woman, knocked her down and slammed her head against the ground after she refused to tell him her name as she was walking home, the NYPD said.

The 34-year-old woman was on her way home around 3:05 a.m. on Sunday when a man she didn’t know approached her at the northeast corner of West 25th Street and 10th Avenue and asked for her name, police said.

When she refused to speak to him, he hit her in the head with his fist, knocked her to the ground and slammed her head down before fleeing, the NYPD said.

The woman was transported to Lenox Hill HealthPlex, where she was treated for pain and bruising to her head, police said.

Police searched the area, but weren’t able to find the attacker.

Other recent notable incidents in the 10th Precinct include:

► A 37-year-old woman was leaving the 28th Street 1 train station at the northeast corner of Seventh Avenue around 4:35 p.m. on Aug. 4 when a man she didn’t know asked her for change, police said. When the woman refused, the man pushed her onto the staircase and punched her neck before fleeing the area. The woman wasn’t injured and refused medical treatment at the scene.

► A resident of Manhattan Plaza on West 43rd Street has been throwing items including cans, bottles filled with liquid and dirty diapers from her 29th-floor apartment window into the adjacent playground while children are playing, a woman told the NYPD. The most recent incident took place around 5 p.m. on Aug. 3. Police hadn’t arrested anyone in connection with the incident as of Wednesday, and the Manhattan Plaza Tenants Association didn’t respond to a request for comment.

► The owner of MR. K-BOB at 539 Ninth Ave., near West 40th Street, flagged a police officer down around 10:50 p.m. on Aug. 3 after a customer started “yelling profanities,” demanding food and refusing to leave the store, police said. When the officer asked the 32-year-old man to leave the store, the man pushed the officer and later flailed his arms and refused to be handcuffed. “Give me my s--t, f--- off, f--- you, officer,” the man said during the incident. Police officers who showed up to help took the man to the ground and later discovered he was carrying a small bag of pot. A manager working at the store on Thursday said the man, who appeared to be drunk and high, initially came into the eatery and sat down on a table. "He was shaking and acting high — he couldn't even speak very well," said the manager, who declined to give his name. The manager called police after the man started yelling and threatened to punch him. 

► A 31-year-old man was arrested after a police officer spotted him writing graffiti the front of a building at 335 W. 16th St., between Eighth and Ninth avenues, with a silver paint marker around 3 a.m. on Aug. 5, the NYPD said. “I touched the marker and walked away when I saw you. Sorry,” the man told police.

► A police officer was patrolling at the northwest corner of West 37th Street and 10th Avenue around 1:40 a.m. on Sunday when he saw a man who looked like he was driving drunk, police said. A breathalyzer test showed that the 37-year-old man had a blood alcohol content of .136, and he was arrested at the scene, police said.

► A 51-year-old man was arrested after he tried to steal $157 worth of cough medicine from a Rite Aid at 195 Eighth Ave., near West 20th Street, around 10:30 p.m. on Aug. 4, the NYPD said. A manager working at the Rite Aid on Thursday said she wasn't working when the incident happened and couldn't comment on it.