Ronny Reyes, Daily Mail, February 13, 2022
A New York City man who has been arrested 44 times, including 16 times in a single day, has been charged with brutally attacking an aspiring model on a deserted Manhattan subway platform.
Kevin Douglas, 40, of Queens, was arrested on Thursday after police connected him to the attack of Bew Jirajariyawetch, 23, who was waiting for a subway train in Midtown on November 22 when Douglas allegedly beat and robbed her.
Surveillance footage of the incident shows a man said to be Douglas dragging the aspiring model along the northbound platform before throwing her to the ground.
He then holds her down as he punches her in the head four times and snatches her purse, before briskly walking away.
Hours after the assault, police said Douglas barged into a 34-year-old woman’s home and punched her in face, the New York Post reported, leading to his arrest that day. He has been in jail since, and was re-arrested on suspicion of the subway attack while being held in custody.
Jirajariyawetch told the Post that she is relieved to get some sense of justice over the arrest.
‘Nothing can change what happened to me but I am happy to know he can not do this to someone else,’ she said.
Police arrested Kevin Douglas, 40, of Queens, for allegedly beating for allegedly assaulting Bew Jirajariyawetch, 23, at a New York City subway platform back in November
Surveillance footage of the incident shows a man grabbing the aspiring model
He then holds her down as he punches her in the head four times and snatches her purse
Bew Jirajariyawetch, 23, revealed her battered face after she was brutally mugged while she waited for the subway at the 34th Street Herald Square subway platform on November 22
Her attorney, Eric Parnes, called the arrest inspiring after his client waited three months to see someone arrest for the brutal attack.
‘Although this took an incredible amount of pressure and time to lead to an arrest, it does show that when the police and prosecutors are allowed to do their job without illogical restraints people can have some sense of hope that things can be better,’ Parnes told the Post.
Police said Douglas has 44 prior arrests and faced charges for drugs, assault, criminal possession of a weapon, robbery and criminal tampering dating back to 1997, the Post reported.
On May 13, 2019, he was arrested 16 times.
New York Police officials have yet to make Douglas’s full rap sheet available. They have also not said whether or not he was out on bail for a previous arrest when he attacked Jirajariyawetch.
He was arraigned in Manhattan Supreme Court on Thursday with bail set at $75,000.
Douglas is currently in police custody, and his next court date is set for April 11.
Violent crime in general has surged in the city over the past year, with many different factors including increased tensions between the police and public, unemployment rates, soft-on-crime politicians and bail reform being cited as potential causes.
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According to the recently released crime data – which takes into account offenses occurring up until the week ending on February 6 – robberies have soared by almost 35 percent when compared to the same period in 2021.
Rape has also increased by more than 35 percent and overall crime in the Big Apple has skyrocketed by 41.65 percent, according to the data.
Murders, meanwhile, are down 13 percent at this time over last year, while shootings have increased by a startling 30 percent.