31-Year-Old Sex Offender Arrested More Than 100 Times, Released From Custody Then Attacks 92-Year-Old Woman

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Rashid Brimmage, a 31-year-old registered sex offender in New York who has been arrested more than 100 times, was recently released from custody under a bail reform law.

On Friday, he walked down Third Avenue and shoved a 92-year-old woman to the ground, where she hit her head on a fire hydrant. She was rushed to the hospital.

CBS New York reports the assault was caught on surveillance video and an anonymous tip resulted in Brimmage’s arrest.

The elderly woman was recovering in Mount Sinai Beth Israel hospital where she spoke with CBS New York about the incident.

“When they helped me up, I said ‘what happened’ because I didn’t even know what happened. It was completely out of the blue,” she said.

“I can’t believe that someone would do this,” she continued. “Oh, he did look back. He did look back to see me fall on the floor, that rat!”

She added: “He hit me on the left – ow – that hurts to touch it. [My arm] was all bloody … This man did nothing except change my life and almost kill me.”

“With my visor on and my face mask, so he barely saw who I was. He just saw an elderly lady walking slowly and he decided I’m perfect for a victim. I’m not going to walk on the street alone right now, absolutely not,” she concluded.

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The New York Post later identified the elderly woman as “a Bronx native named Geraldine.”

“I thought a brick hit me or something hit me on the left side of my head, and I went right down and hit my head against the hydrant,” Geraldine told the outlet. “Blood was coming out, not spurting blood, but blood was dripping.”

The New York Post adds:

Geraldine, who has lived in Manhattan for more than 50 years, was on her way to Duane Reade when Brimmage allegedly shoved her to the ground near Third Avenue and East 16th Street in Gramercy Park at about 3:30 p.m. Friday.

She slammed against the fire hydrant and lay on the ground until a passerby called 911 and medics rushed her to nearby Beth Israel Hospital.

The former teacher, who never married but is dating an 89-year-old lawyer, said her physical wounds were relatively minor and have since healed — but the mental toll has been much more severe.

The woman said she was “shaken” and that she is still in pain.

“Mainly it’s psychological — just the fear of going out on the street,” she added. “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.”

CBS New York reports:

She was relieved to later find out that an anonymous tip led to the arrest of 31-year-old Rashid Brimmage in Harlem Tuesday.

Police sources say he’s a registered sex offender who has been arrested about 101 times. Some include assault, harassment, resisting arrest and persistent sexual abuse. He’s due in court in July for arrests from earlier this year.

Here’s even more on the criminal, via New York Post:

The frequent offender has now been arrested 103 times since 2005 for petty crimes and sex offenses, sources said.

The creep was convicted of sexual misconduct in 2012, then arrested for two sex offenses in 2014, police sources said.

In May of that year, he was busted for exposing and fondling himself on an East Harlem street, the sources said.

Just months later, in July, he was arrested for grabbing a woman’s behind at a Third Avenue deli.

In 2017, he failed to notify authorities that he changed his address and had to register as a sex offender, state records show.

At the time of Friday’s attack, Brimmage had three open criminal cases in the city, according to court records.

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