David Perez, a 33-year-old Queens resident known for a troubling criminal history, has once again been apprehended by authorities. This time, his actions escalated to include both physical threats and sexual misconduct.
Confrontation at 7-Eleven
The New York Post reports that Perez, who has been arrested 15 times, faced new charges stemming from a recent incident at a 7-Eleven store on Metropolitan Avenue. Refusing to leave the premises, Perez was involved in a heated altercation with a store employee, which spilled outside the store.
In a frightening turn of events, he allegedly threatened the employee with a knife and a metal pipe. The confrontation reached a peak when Perez, wielding these weapons, threatened the life of the employee and his family.
Charges and Previous Assaults
Perez’s aggressive behavior did not end there. He reportedly “grazed” the worker with the knife before fleeing the scene. He was later arrested and charged with menacing, criminal possession of a weapon, attempted assault, and harassment.
Adding to the severity of his actions, Perez has been linked to three separate groping incidents that occurred last October. The NYPD details that on October 4, Perez first targeted a 24-year-old woman near the Queens Center Mall, followed by two additional assaults on women, aged 24 and 25, in the vicinity of Metropolitan Avenue and 65th Place.
Innocence Until Proven Guilty
All charges brought against Perez are accusations. He, like all individuals in our legal system, is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
In light of these events, the public is reminded of the resources available for help:
- Emergency: Call 911 or 988
- Domestic Violence Hotline: (800)-942-6906
- Mental Health Support: Text “WELL” to 65173
- More information is available at NYC Well