NYC Mayor Eric Adams praises hammer assault sufferer who says she will not experience subway, ‘Fortunate to be alive’

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New York Metropolis Mayor Eric Adams is praising a analysis scientist who was attacked with a hammer whereas getting into a subway station earlier this yr, after the now-recovered girl sat down for her first interview because the assault left her with a fractured cranium.

Dr. Nina Rothschild told WNBC-TV she doesn’t plan to experience the town subways within the short-term, and described how latest crimes within the transit system appear “exceedingly violent, bizarre, and revolting.” 

She’s fortunate to be alive

— Mayor Eric Adams

Rothschild, 57, was on her means dwelling from work and was getting into a Queens subway station round 11:20 p.m. on Feb. 24, when she was attacked. Suspect William Blount approached her from behind and commenced kicking her and whacking her with a cane earlier than pulling out a yellow hammer and unleashing an much more violent assault, police have mentioned. 

NYC MAYOR ERIC ADAMS PRAISES HAMMER ATTACK VICTIM WHO SAYS SHE WON’T RIDE SUBWAY, ‘LUCKY TO BE ALIVE’

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Video offered by the New York Police Division reveals Blount swinging the hammer repeatedly on the sufferer’s head. He allegedly struck her 14 occasions, earlier than calmly taking her purse and sauntering away. 

“I kept yelling, ‘Stop! Stop! Stop!’” Rothschild recalled within the interview. The New York Metropolis Well being Division employee declined to talk with FoxNews.com when contacted earlier this week, however mentioned in a message that she felt “as though the police officers and the doctors and nurses at Weill Cornell who saved my life should be the focus of the news story rather than me.”

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Rothschild informed the information station she wish to see a change within the bail reform coverage that releases prison offenders free earlier than trial.

Blount, additionally 57, was charged with tried homicide, theft and assault. He was ordered held with out bail and stays behind bars. 

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Though Rothschild mentioned she doesn’t plan to experience the subway within the close to future, Adams referred to as her interview “crucial” in spreading the phrase about his efforts to make the town safer. 

“This was a city employee,” he mentioned throughout an unrelated press convention Wednesday. “The thought of getting hit with a hammer over – he was brutal … I’m pretty sure we’re all happy that she’s alive. She’s lucky to be alive. And, you know, just optimistic about her city.”

The latest NYPD statistics present subway crime is up a staggering 70% year-to-date — from 317 as of March 27, 2021,to 540 as of Sunday. 

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