Man who violently attacked deaf woman in NYC has 27 prior arrests

Manhattan attack on deaf woman

A man was arrested for punching a woman, who is deaf, causing her to lose her balance and fall onto the Union Square subway station tracks Saturday morning in Manhattan.

What happened: Around 10 a.m., Xing Zhou, 59, was waiting for her train on the northbound platform of the Nos. 4, 5, 6 lines when the violent, unprovoked attack occurred, PIX11 reported.

  • Vladimir Pierre, 41, reportedly hit Zhou in the head, which caused her to lose her balance and fall on the subway tracks. The suspect, who is described as homeless, fled the scene and was later arrested.
  • Two bystanders quickly jumped into action to help Zhou off the tracks and waited with her until authorities arrived, ABC7 News reported. Paramedics took Zhou to a nearby hospital to get her injuries treated.
  • Because Zhou is deaf, though fluent in Chinese, Korean and American sign language, she doesn’t know if Pierre said any anti-Asian slurs towards her before the attack happened.
  • Pierre is facing assault, felony assault and reckless endangerment charges for the attack on Zhou.

Other details: Pierre, an alleged member of Brooklyn’s Newkirk Crew street gang, has 27 prior arrests, according to the New York Post. He was also involved in another attack a few days before the incident with Zhou.

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  • Pierre was freed without bail after attacking Crystal Porter, a 30-year-old mother of two, while she was waiting for the shuttle at the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens on Sept. 1. During the attack, he allegedly told her, “You’re going to die today.”
  • Although he was charged with assault at the time, law enforcement sources said they could not hold him on bail due to the state’s bail reform law, which stops judges from setting cash bails for misdemeanors and nonviolent felonies.
  • That’s a problem,” Zhou, with the help of a sign interpreter, told ABC7 News after finding out about the prior incident. “He’s injuring people and causing pain. My head still hurts. I’m still in pain.”
  • In addition to the two latest attacks, Pierre was also allegedly accused of choking, punching and biting a woman’s head on a Q train in Brooklyn in April. Like the previously mentioned attack, he allegedly told the victim that he was going to kill her. 
  • He is reportedly linked to 10 other reports for an emotionally disturbed person, according to sources cited by the New York Post.

Featured Image via ABC7 News

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