Repeat Offender Arrested for Assaulting Elderly Cancer Patient in Attempted Robbery

A repeat offender with an extensive criminal record has been apprehended and incarcerated pending trial for allegedly assaulting a 91-year-old cancer patient during an attempted robbery in Yorkville. Christian Torres, a 45-year-old resident of Brooklyn’s East 21st Street, was taken into custody on Sunday and formally charged with assault and two counts of attempted robbery during his arraignment on Tuesday. The incident, which occurred on February 1, has left the elderly victim hospitalized and in critical condition.

According to the complaint, Torres, who has accumulated 49 prior convictions for various misdemeanors and six felonies, was denied bail and remanded on a $150,000 cash or $250,000 insurance bond/partially secured bond. His next court appearance is scheduled for February 16 at New York Criminal Court.

The victim, Hyman Silverglad, a retired lawyer, remains confined to a hospital bed, grappling with the physical and emotional aftermath of the assault. Suffering from six bone fractures, broken ribs, a liver hematoma, and another fracture at the base of his spine, Silverglad expressed his disbelief at being targeted by Torres. Speaking from the Amsterdam Rehabilitation Home Center, he shared, “He sees he has an easy target, he takes advantage of me.” Although Silverglad has been administered strong painkillers, his recovery is expected to be protracted, with medical professionals estimating it will take months for him to heal.

The attack occurred as Silverglad was walking with his groceries on East 86th Street and 1st Avenue around 10 p.m. According to the complaint, Silverglad noticed a man wearing a black jacket attempting to snatch his wallet from his pocket in front of 250 East 86th Street. The assailant then forcefully pushed Silverglad to the ground and proceeded to assault him. Torres fled the scene when the elderly victim began shouting for help.

Police sources reveal that Torres has a long history of encounters with the legal system. He has accumulated 19 failure to appear warrants, experienced five parole revocations, and carries two violent felony convictions on his record. Despite the severity of his injuries and his ongoing battle with cancer and kidney failure, Silverglad remains resolute. During a bedside interview, he defiantly stated, “I tell you if I was young, I would run after this mother-freaker and beat the shoot out of him and kick his ass, and he’ll forget being a criminal.”


Author: CrimeDoor

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