A thug who allegedly shoved a pensioner in the head as he walked past her on the pavement has been unmasked as a sex offender with more than 100 arrests on his record.
Rashid Brimmage, 31, has been charged with the random daytime attack on a 92-year-old, video of which sparked outrage across the world as the elderly victim hit her head on a fire hydrant.
The victim, named as Geraldine from the Bronx, New York, has told US media how she is now scared to walk alone in her neighbourhood.
Geraldine has told how she thought she had been hit by a brick when she was shoved and blood began dripping from her head from where it hit the metal structure.
Now the perpetrator of the seemingly random, unprovoked head shove has been revealed to be well-known to the authorities, having 103 previous convictions since 2005 for petty crimes and sex offences, sources told the New York Post.
Police recognised him from footage of the attack and he was arrested.
Brimmage was convicted of sexual misconduct in 2012 and in 2014 was arrested for two sex offences.
In May 2014 he was arrested for exposing and fondling himself on an East Harlem street. In July 2014 he was arrested for grabbing a woman’s behind at a deli.
He was facing three open criminal cases in New York at the time of this latest attack.
These included a misdemeanor assault and harassment charge for an incident that happened in The Bronx a week earlier and criminal possession of a controlled substance, assault and attempted assault charges.
The New York Post’s frontpage today brands Birrage a ‘menace to society’ and ‘the scourge of New York City’.
Shaken Geraldine, a retired teacher who has lived in Manhattan for 50 years, told the paper that the attack has taken its toll on her mentally, as her relatively minor physical injuries begin to heal.
Geraldine, who is reportedly dating an 89-year-old lawyer, said: “Mostly I’m shaken. My head still hurts where it was bleeding, where I hit the hydrant — or where he hit me, I don’t know.
“Mainly it’s psychological — just the fear of going out on the street.
“This damned guy put me in a state where I’m fearful to walk the streets alone. So my super’s trying to find somebody who will walk me to a park nearby or to the supermarket, that kind of thing. So that’s the problem.”
Brimmage allegedly shoved her to the ground near Third Avenue and East 16th Street in Gramercy Park at about 3.30pm Friday.