• 92-year-old woman was randomly attacked in Manhattan
  • Suspect is a convicted criminal with 103 prior arrests
  • Suspect has a history of unsound mental health

New York Police Department has detained a 31-year-old suspect in connection with an apparently random attack on a 92-year-old woman in Manhattan who hit her head on a fire hydrant. The incident left the victim too scared to walk her neighborhood.

Video footage of the June 13 attack on the elderly victim, a native of Bronx, was released Monday. The man caught in the video was identified as Rashid Brimmage, 31, and was taken in custody on a charge of assault Tuesday, the New York Post reported.

The elderly woman was walking down the Third Avenue near East 16th Street in the Gramercy Park neighborhood at around 3:30 p.m. on June 13 with a shopping cart when Brimmage, who was approaching from the opposite direction, used force to topple her.

The victim fell hard to the ground with her head narrowly missing the fire hydrant and her cart too overturned in the impact. The elderly lady was taken to a hospital in stable condition.

Brimmage, as per News 4, referring to a senior law enforcement officer, is a convicted criminal with 103 prior arrests who has a history of unsound mental health. He is also in possession of a desk appearance ticket which requires police to approach him with social workers.

Since February, the frequent offender has been arrested three times for such random attacks on a 39-year-old woman, a 29-year-old man and a 39-year-old man on separate incidents, the publication reported.

Brimmage was also convicted of sexual misconduct in 2012 and was arrested for two sex offenses in 2014, Fox News reported, citing police sources.

The incidents were followed by him exposing and fondling himself on an East Harlem street in May 2014 and grabbing a woman’s rear side at a Third Avenue deli in July that year, both resulting in his arrests. Brimmage had three open criminal cases in the city at the time of the June 13 attack, the publication reported, citing court records.

It was not clear if he obtained an attorney in connection with his Tuesday arrest.

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