Bronx Man Arrested for Two Unprovoked Assaults, Including Attempted Eye Gouging

Xavier Rodriguez, 29

New York Police have arrested 29-year-old Xavier Rodriguez following two unprovoked assaults in the Bronx, one involving an attempt to gouge out a man’s eyes. Rodriguez, identified as homeless, was charged with assault for the attacks that occurred on University Avenue in University Heights on Friday night.

The first assault took place around 8:10 p.m., when Rodriguez approached a 49-year-old man from behind. He knocked the man down, sat on his chest, and attempted to press his thumbs into the victim’s eyes. After a brief struggle, Rodriguez fled the scene, only to assault a 52-year-old woman moments later, slashing her forehead with a blade.

Rodriguez was last seen heading north on University Avenue toward Fordham Road. Both victims were transported to St. Barnabas Hospital with minor injuries.

Rodriguez has a history of criminal activities, with 20 arrests between 2015 and 2018, including at least five for assault. His record also includes arrests for burglary, criminal contempt, and reckless endangerment.

This incident reflects a concerning trend in the Bronx, particularly within the 52nd Precinct, which covers University Heights, Kingsbridge, Fordham, and Norwood. Assaults in the area have increased by 12% this year. As of November 5, the precinct has reported 588 assaults, up from 521 during the same period last year. Overall, felony crime in the 52nd Precinct has risen by 13%, according to NYPD statistics.

Author: CrimeDoor

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