Homeless Man Arrested in Vicious Beating of Elderly Chinese Man on East Broadway
The suspect wanted for assaulting an 84-year-old Chinese man on East Broadway was arrested Saturday afternoon in Times Square.
Ashley Williams, a local homeless man, attacked the victim, unprovoked, while he was sitting on the bench outside the Nana bodega last week. The assailant knocked out his prey, who then fell to the ground and hit his face. According to the New York Post, the elderly man sustained severe facial injuries, and underwent several surgeries in the aftermath.
Williams was collared in Times Square, of all places. Apparently an officer stationed with the Times Square Unit – Anthony Luciano – recognized the perp after seeing a news alert on his phone about the incident. Williams is reportedly a regular in the area.
Luciano canvassed and eventually found Williams sitting on a bench in front of 1551 Broadway. He was arrested without incident.
Williams has 10 prior arrests, including one for robbery and nine misdemeanors.