One Suspect in Custody, Two Other Sought in Unrelated Assault-robbery Cases in Norwood

One Suspect in Custody, Two Other Sought in Unrelated Assault-robbery Cases in Norwood
by David Greene

The NYPD is reporting one suspect is in custody and two others are sought for two recent, unrelated assault and robberies cases in the Norwood area.

In the most recent incident, police were looking for the individual who “shoved and punched” an 88 year-old woman at 2:25 p.m., on Friday, August 3, inside the Bank of America, located at 299 East 204 Street.

Police have arrest a Norwood resident in connection with an assault and robbery of an 89 year-old woman at the Bank of America on East 204 Street.–Photo by David Greene

The suspect then removed the $2,500 the victim had removed from the ATM, the suspect grabbed the cash from the victims hands before fleeing on foot.

Surveillance video captured the suspect as the 52nd Precinct’s Twitter feed posted photos and updates on the case. Apparently identified through facial recognition software, police eventually released a mugshot of the suspect, who was quickly apprehended.

The 52nd Precinct’s Twitter feed updated the community on the arrest of a suspect wanted for assaulting and robbing and 88 year-old woman in Norwood.

On August 8, police announced the arrest of Leopold Traynam, 39, of nearby East 205 Street, who was charged with grand larceny and assault.

Meanwhile, police continue to hunt for two individuals wanted in connection with a bizarre robbery and assault that took place at Perry Avenue and Holt Place, at 2 p.m. on July 16.

According to NYPD spokeswoman Sargent Jessica McRorie, one of the two suspects “approached a 46 year-old female and asked if she was looking at my girlfriend and then cut the victim’s hand with an unknown object.”

The two suspects eventually fled with the victims shopping cart.


The victim, who was treated by paramedics at the scene, recalled, “The woman who slashed me thought I was talking to her wife and I told her I wasn’t and that I didn’t even know either of them and I didn’t want any problems. But she wasn’t hearing that.”


The longtime resident of the area continued, “She hit her wife and threw my shopping cart up against the metal gate, so I went across the street because I saw a young man who looked like he worked out, and I told him what was going on. He told me to run. I can’t run, I have lung issues. He didn’t say a word or do anything.”

“When the crazy b—h comes across the street,” the victim continued, “I’m trying to hide behind the guy and she’s screaming, ‘I’m gonna kill you.’ I had my hand on the guys back, I was using him as a shield. That’s when she stabbed me on the hand. I started crying and had a full-blown panic attack.”

A woman was assaulted and robbed of a shopping cart along Perry Avenue and Holt Place.–Photo by David Greene

The victim added, “People were walking by and not doing anything, there was another guy sitting on his porch. I walked down the block to St. Brendan’s, the local church and the doors were closed. I was hysterical and had to call the cops myself. I drove around with police, but we couldn’t find them. I have seen them both in the area since the attack. I don’t even want to leave my house, I hate it here and I wish I could move out of this hell-hole.”

Today, the victim now keeps a padlock on a key-chain as well as a can of pepper spray, that she keeps at her ready, when she has to walk her dog or shop at the local supermarket.

The victim concluded, “All I want is peace… I don’t want to live like this. The neighborhood has changed and I hate it.”

Police are believed to be looking at surveillance video from an NYPD camera on Holt Place, that may have captured the entire incident.

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