A violent stranger turned an Upper East Side luxury building into a crime scene, assaulting a resident so severely he cracked the man’s skull, police say.
Just before 10:00 pm on Friday, May 5th, police say the suspect got into an argument with the victim, a 31-year-old man, in the hallway of his UES building.
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That’s when the situation escalated, and the suspect repeatedly punched the man in his face and head, whaling on him and causing a fractured cranium, internal bleeding and bruising to his face, according to investigators.
Surveillance images released by the NYPD show the suspect holding what appears to be a takeout bag while walking into one of two service entrances at Normandie Court, where delivery workers enter and exit the four-tower development occupying nearly an entire block between East 95th and 96th Streets between Second and Third Avenues in Yorkville.
In addition to visually verifying the photo’s location, a Normandie Court employee confirmed to Upper East Site that the brutal assault at the complex occurred within the 36-story building at 215 East 95th Street.
Police said the suspect fled on foot following the attack, while the victim went to Metropolitan Hospital, located one block north of sprawling luxury development in East Harlem.
Built in 1986, Normandie Court has nearly 1,500 units and a 24-hour concierge. Studio apartment leases currently start at almost $3,500 a month.
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Police say the suspect in this month’s assault stands approximately 6′ tall and weighs 200 pounds. Surveillance images show him wearing tight blue jeans, a black hoodie and boots.
If you recognize the suspect or have any information that can help police, please call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-8477.
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