A person with a historical past of assaulting strangers was arrested this week for slugging a 4-year-old boy within the head, prompting the toddler’s mom and one other ladies to take the assailant down themselves in busy Occasions Sq..
The incident came about at about 3:20 p.m., police stated, when 34-year-old Babacar Mbaye cold-cocked the boy as he walked previous, the New York Submit reported.
One of many ladies gave quick chase and tackled him on the sidewalk, whereas the opposite first checked on the boy then adopted, swinging one thing unidentifiable in her hand earlier than cops arrived to make the arrest.
Prosecutors stated Mbaye additionally kicked an officer within the leg throughout his arrest. Mbaye was charged with felony assault, reckless endangerment, and resisting arrest.
The kid’s situation was not clear. He was seen holding his fingers to both facet of his head whereas his mother and the opposite lady went after Mbaye, and police stated he was handled on the scene.
The Submit stated that Mbaye was on supervised launch in relation to different assaults and that he has three open misdemeanors for “assaulting strangers” since final summer season. Two of these got here prior to now month, one by which he allegedly “pushed a stranger and punched her twice on the shoulder” and one other by which he “punched a stranger within the head,” based on prosecutors.
Thomas Kenniff, Mbaye’s lawyer, informed the courtroom that his shopper didn’t intend to hit the kid, saying he was “below the affect of an intoxicated, debilitating psychiatric episode.”
“He was dancing within the midst of Occasions Sq. and inadvertently made contact with the kid … which drew the ire of the kid’s mom who possibly maybe moderately believed that he supposed to strike the kid,” Kenniff argued. “However I’m assured that was not his intention.”
Mbaye doesn’t seem to have been “dancing” in surveillance footage obtained by the Submit.
He was ordered held on $30,000 bond and is due again in courtroom on Wednesday.
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