By Daniel Krieger
Last week, the NYPD requested the public’s assistance in locating a man who had allegedly assaulted a 27-year-old man who was walking east in front of 13 West 65th Street on September 9th at 11:10 am, causing multiple facial fractures. The suspect then left the scene on foot and “assaulted four more people within an hour,” police are now saying, all without provocation.
The suspect is Ortiz Elkin, who is 27 years old and homeless, the police reported.
“He was arrested after the fifth incident,” said the police, “which occurred in the 19th precinct, at 5th Avenue and 79th Street. The detectives then pieced together that he was wanted for four more incidents.”
Elkin will be charged for five felony assaults and is now being held at Manhattan criminal court. As for his motive for the attacks, a police spokesperson told WSR, “I think he’s an emotionally disturbed individual. And he has three prior arrests.”