Man arrested in connection with 2 random, back-to-back assaults: NYPD

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Saturday, November 11, 2023
NYPD announces arrest following unprovoked attack in the Bronx
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Xavier Rodriguez, 29, was arrested Saturday and charged with assault.

BRONX, New York (WABC) -- A man was arrested in connection with two random, back-to-back assaults in the Bronx, police say.

Xavier Rodriguez, 29, was arrested Saturday and charged with assault. Police say Rodriguez is homeless.

On Friday around 8 p.m., an unknown individual approached a man, 49, from behind, police say. The individual then knocked the man to the ground, struck him with an unknown object and attempted to press their thumbs into the man's eyes before fleeing, according to police.

Moments later, police believe the same individual approached a woman, 52, and slashed her forehead with an unknown object and fled the scene.

Both of the assaults were unprovoked, police say.

According to police, both victims sustained non-life-threatening injuries and were brought to local hospitals.

Anyone with information in regard to these assaults is asked to call the NYPD's Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477).

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