Suspect in series of random Manhattan hate crime assaults arrested

Kimberly Dole
August 24, 2019 - 10:23 am



NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Police arrested the man wanted in four random hate crime Manhattan assaults this August after releasing a surveillance video Thursday night.

Officials say 33-year-old Todd Lyons is in custody and has been charged with hate crimes. 

The first attack occurred on Aug. 9 at about 9:11 p.m., when the suspect pushed a 56-year-old man onto the ground near Union Square, police said.

The next three attacks happened on Aug. 14.

The suspect struck the suspect hit a 64-year-old woman in her neck and shoulder with a wooden stick at about 8:37 p.m., on 122 Greenwich Ave.

Next, at about 9:15 p.m. in front of 2 Wooster Street, he threw a brick at a 20-year-old woman. 

At 11:10 p.m., the suspect hit a 58-year-old man in the face and made anti-white statements on 8th Ave. near 19th Street.

Police say there were no exchanges between the victims and the suspect in any of the incidents.

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