By Joy Bergmann
Darrell Johnson, 30, pleaded guilty Thursday to assaulting two women in two seemingly random attacks near West 79th Street and Broadway on the morning of December 2, 2021.
At a hearing before Judge Michele Rodney in Manhattan Criminal Court, Johnson accepted Assistant District Attorney Molly Presant’s offer: pleading guilty to one count of attempted second-degree assault, a class E felony, and one count of third-degree assault, a class A misdemeanor. Under the terms of the plea, he faces a sentence of 1.5 to 3 years in state prison.
According to police, Johnson punched the first victim, a 50-year-old woman, causing several broken teeth and a deep cut from her lip to the right side of her face, requiring plastic surgery. Two minutes later, Johnson struck the second victim, a 32-year-old woman, who suffered a broken jaw. Both sets of injuries caused redness, swelling, and substantial pain, court documents said.
Eyewitnesses helped direct NYPD officers to Johnson, leading to his capture shortly after the incident. “These were unprovoked attacks. [Johnson] was unhinged,” one witness told WSR, calling the situation “both terrifying and sad.”
In previous court appearances, Johnson’s defense attorney Kristin McAlpin said Johnson received inpatient psychiatric care following his Upper West Side arrest.
Johnson remains in custody on Rikers Island until his sentencing on April 11th.
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