The “problem kid” charged in a suspected knockout-game attack on a 62-year-old Bronx straphanger claimed the vicious assault was in self-defense, court docket papers present — as he was ordered held on $20,000 bail.
Deshaun Smith, 21, is charged with assault, harassment and reckless endangerment for allegedly punching the unsuspecting sufferer and knocking him onto the tracks on the 149th Street station Sunday night time, in accordance with police.
According to a legal criticism, Smith allegedly slugged the straphanger in the top out of nowhere whereas the sufferer was ready for a No. 4 prepare — then shoved him onto the subway tracks.
Smith claimed self-defense to authorities, in accordance with new court docket papers. He was ordered held on $20,000 bail at his Bronx arraignment early Tuesday.
“Is it looking bad for me?” Smith allegedly requested cops of the case, in accordance with the criticism. “My factor is, he mentioned one thing to me inappropriate first. I used to be defending myself. Can I simply say one factor earlier than I get inside? I used to be defending myself.
“Why am I in trouble? Why are you doing this? I don’t have a record,” he mentioned. “Am I getting booked for this? I did push him.”
Prosecutors weren’t shopping for it.
The sufferer’s spouse has instructed The Post that her husband was minding his personal business on his strategy to work when he was struck in the unprovoked attack, which police sources mentioned might have been a part of the twisted on-line “knockout game” problem concentrating on strangers.
“There are crazy people on the subway,” she mentioned Monday. “This is life now, the best way the town’s going. The subways are simply loopy now.
“I have to say, whoever did this is a frickin’ animal, in my mind,” she railed. “He should be off the street. These people only attack someone they think can’t fight back.”
She mentioned two good Samaritans helped her battered husband again onto the platform.
Smith, who lives in Williamsburg, was beforehand arrested Oct. 6 for allegedly snatching a 51-year-old lady’s keys and injuring her hand, police mentioned. Police described the incident as a home dispute, and he was launched with out bail in that case after being charged with harassment, legal mischief and menacing.
A employee at Smith’s Brooklyn constructing mentioned the sufferer was his personal mom.
“You don’t touch your mother like that. When I asked him why he did this, he told me, ‘I have problems,’ ” the employee mentioned.
“He’s been a problem in this building, a problem kid. He’s just been so angry, angry for about two months. He doesn’t want to talk to anyone,” the employee added of Smith.
Police mentioned Smith fled the Bronx subway station after Sunday’s attack however that he was ultimately tracked down by cops and brought into custody on Monday.
He is at present being held on the Eric M. Taylor Center on Riker’s Island, information present.