Alvin Bragg touts indictment as crime continues to plague New York

 September 19, 2023

Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg has been criticized for devoting resources to prosecuting former President Donald Trump even as violent crime plagues his city.

That scourge was highlighted this week by two vicious attacks which resulted in an indictment for one suspect and a prison sentence for another. 

Woman left with a broken leg after being thrown onto subway tracks

Bragg's office put out a press release on Monday regarding the case of Samuel Junker, a 41-year-old man who has been accused of hurling a woman onto subway tracks.

The attack occurred on August 29, 2023, at approximately 11 p.m. after Junker is said to have followed the victim into a subway station near West Broadway and Chambers Street.

Junker then allegedly threw the woman onto the tracks, causing her to sustain a broken leg along with bruising and swelling.

"Samuel Junker now stands indicted for seriously injuring a woman who he allegedly trailed to a subway platform and pushed onto the tracks," Bragg was quoted as saying.

"These types of attacks can be terrifying to experience, but we want New Yorkers to know that we will seek accountability for anyone who commits acts of violence in our subway system," the district attorney continued before adding, "I wish the victim a speedy recovery."

Twenty-year sentence for fatal stabbing

Meanwhile, Bragg's office put out another press briefing on Monday concerning Lawrence Downey, a 56-year-old man sentenced to 20 years behind bars after he pled guilty to first-degree manslaughter.

In 2020, Downey chased 39-year-old Ronald Massaro down the street outside of a hotel and proceeded to fatally stab him.

"While Ronald Massaro decided to remain peaceful by walking away after an argument, Lawrence Downey resorted to violence, following and killing Mr. Massaro on a midtown sidewalk," Bragg stated.

"Thanks to the hard work of our prosecutors, Downey has been held accountable for this attack. I hope this resolution offers some comfort to Mr. Massaro’s loved ones, who continue to grieve him," the prosecutor declared.

Slashing at subway station

Last week saw yet more carnage in New York City, with Audacity reporting that a man was slashed in the face at Midtown Manhattan's Grand Central Station.

The attack occurred this past Thursday at approximately 9:00 a.m. as the 42-year-old victim stood on a 6-train station platform.

The man's attacker reportedly ran off while his victim was transported to NYU Langone Medical Center in stable condition.

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