A 41-year-old woman was punched in the face during a broad daylight robbery on the Upper East Side, in what prosecutors revealed to Upper East Site was a disturbing case of domestic violence involving the victim’s ex-boyfriend — a man who police describe as a ‘known criminal’ with 22 prior arrests.
Investigators say it was just after 6:00 pm last Tuesday, March 21st, when the suspect, 39-year-old Quentin Hough, approached his ex-girlfriend as she put her purse down by her car, at the northwest corner of East 84th Street and York Avenue. The victim’s name is being withheld by authorities to protect her privacy.
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Hough stole his ex-girlfriend’s bag, prosecutors tell Upper East Site, and when she tried to get it back, they two struggled for it — that’s when police say the suspect smashed her in the face with his fist, leaving the woman’s face swollen and painful.
According to the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, it was the victim, Hough’s battered ex-girlfriend, who actually chased him as he ran from the scene — pursuing him northbound on York Avenue until officers arrived on the scene and took Hough into custody.
The 39-year-old, who hails from The Bronx, has been busted in the past on slew of different charges, police say, including grand larceny, aggravated harassment and resisting arrest.
Meanwhile, prosecutors tell Upper East Site that Hough has been convicted a whopping 16 times, including for three felony charges.
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Quentin Hough was arraigned Wednesday on a charge of Robbery in the Second Degree, a felony, and granted supervised release. A judge also issued a temporary order of protection for Hough’s ex-girlfriend.
He’s due back in court April 25th.
Specially-trained Domestic Violence Prevention Officers and Victim Advocates are available at the NYPD’s 19th Precinct, located at 153 East 67th Street on the Upper East Side. They can also be reached by emailing [email protected] or calling (212) 452-0663.
Survivors of domestic and gender-based violence can also call New York City’s 24-hour Domestic Violence Hotline, 1-800-621-HOPE, for assistance with emergency shelter, temporary housing and other supportive services.
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