By Carol Tannenhauser
The person who police believe came from behind, and savagely punched a 57-year-old woman in the face last Thursday night in the scaffolding tunnel on Amsterdam Avenue between 68th and 69th Streets has been arrested, and is a woman.
“18-year-old Trinity Velez was arrested yesterday in her home,” Deputy Inspector Timothy Malin, commander of the NYPD 20th Precinct, told WSR. “She is the one on video who throws the punch. We are now working to arrest the remaining three suspects.”
The group of four was attempting to rob the unidentified victim, who reportedly suffered broken bones in her face. She fought back and managed to hold on to her bag.
Add’l video from the despicable assault/robbery of a 57-yr-old woman on Oct 17, 10:35pm, Amsterdam Ave & 69th Street #UpperWestSide
Know who (or where) these four are? Reward up to $2,500
— Chief Dermot F. Shea (@NYPDDetectives) October 21, 2019
Additional signage and mirrors have since been added to the tunnel as further safety measures, according to the construction manager of 200 Amsterdam Avenue, at the urging of state Assemblymember Linda Rosenthal.
Police are offering a $2,500 reward for information about the remaining suspects, seen in the above video.
Call 1-800-577-TIPS with any information on this crime.