Man Arrested for Assaulting 8 Women Allegedly Blames Misogyny

A man accused of assaulting eight women in New York City allegedly told police that he targeted them because “You need to check women sometimes.” Daquan Armstead, 31, faces charges of assault and harassment for the attacks, which occurred during a misogynistic crime spree.

Armstead reportedly confessed to police that he deliberately chose women as his victims, stating, “It’s different with men. They don’t test you like women.” His arrest came after a series of unprovoked attacks on women throughout the city this year.

One of the victims, a 27-year-old administrator at New York University, was punched in the face while walking through Washington Square Park on April 17. Armstead had previously been arrested in February but was released without bail, leading to additional attacks, according to prosecutors.

During his arraignment, Armstead’s lawyer cited mental health issues and emphasized the need for proper treatment. She expressed concern that incarceration would exacerbate his condition and advocated for access to mental health services.

Man Arrested for Assaulting 8 Women Allegedly Blames Misogyny

The violent spree began in February, with Armstead allegedly punching a 30-year-old woman on Elizabeth Street. Subsequent attacks occurred on Delancey Street, Chrystie and Rivington streets, and Stanton Street, among others.

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Armstead’s prior arrests include a misdemeanor assault case in 2021. He has been ordered to undergo a psychiatric evaluation as the legal proceedings continue.

The case underscores the importance of addressing mental health concerns and providing appropriate support services to prevent further incidents of violence.

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