You are reading

Homeless Man Busted for Gruesome Hammer Attack at Queens Plaza

Woman hit in the head with hammer in LIC (Photo NYPD)

William Blount, a 57-year-old homeless man, was arrested Sunday for allegedly striking a woman multiple times in the head with hammer at the Queens Plaza subway station Thursday night (Photo NYPD)

Feb. 27, 2022 By Christian Murray

A 57-year-old homeless man was arrested Sunday for the gruesome hammer attack of a woman at the Queens Plaza subway station Thursday night.

William Blount, 57, who resides at a Manhattan homeless shelter, was arrested on charges of attempted murder, robbery, and assault for allegedly hitting a woman as many as 13 times with a hammer as she was walking down a flight of steps at an entrance to the Queens Plaza subway station at around 11:20 p.m.

Police said that Blount lives at 52 William St. in Manhattan, the address of the former Radisson Hotel, which has been converted into a homeless shelter.

Police released a photo of the William Blount who allegedly bludgeoned Nina Rothschild with a hammer at the Queens Plaza subway station Thursday (NYPD)

The victim, Nina Rothschild, suffered a fractured skull and lacerations to the head and is in critical condition following the attack.

Rothschild was attacked on her way home from work. She was coming from the NYC Health Department, where she works as a senior health scientist, which is around the corner from the subway station.

Video was released of the incident Friday that caused public outrage.

“Last night’s vile, unprovoked attack on healthcare hero Nina Rothschild is chilling and sadistic beyond words,” said Queens Borough President Donovan Richards.

“No one should feel unsafe in their community or feel like a target in their local subway station. In the wake of this savage assault, the NYPD must increase its presence at the Queens Plaza stop and the surrounding subway stations in the immediate area to give Western Queens residents the peace of mind they deserve as they move in and out of the transit system,” Richards said.

email the author: news@queenspost.com

34 Comments

Click for Comments 
Browns1964

We need stricter hammer control laws in New York. Let’s get Schumer started on this ASAP.

1
1
Reply
Not funny

I don’t understand how this incident is funny for you. Do I need to remind you that it could have happened to your mom, your aunt, your sister?

13
3
Reply
Nena

I had my purse stolen before. They took my money, state ID, insurance and credit cards, ebt, house keys, phone and much more. It would of been a blessing to get everything or something back but the man who robbed me was never caught. It was such a headache trying to contact the right people to prevent further theft. I was not trying to be funny and do not find her situation funny.

13
2
Reply
Gia

Did Joy Won comment on this gruesome crime involving a shelter resident? Or does she only comment when defending shelters from residents and when its an attack against an Asian?

17
5
Reply
Concerned Citizen

Why would she? She is pro housing projects to bring more people like this in the neighborhood.

8
1
Reply
Tom

The advocates for the homeless will protect these homeless criminals forever. No progress will ever be made.

19
3
Reply
Basta ya

You are correct
They still defend the crazy lady who lives under 46 th street stop with her garbage

15
2
Reply
Beth

Yes. He needs social and psychological services. I blame systematic racism and the city neglecting his needs and wants for his actions.

1
10
Reply
Concerned Citizen

I blame a violent criminal who made a choice to hurt an innocent person…he made the choice…he deserves to be punished…enough with the make believe systematic non sense. … my entire POC immigrant family (including me) thrived in this country… there were no systems to hold us back at any point. We were limited only by our creativity and drive.

Reply
Laura

NYC can’t even protect its own government scientists. What a joke. It’s just going to get worse. This will all be forgotten in a day or two.

28
2
Reply
Jay

Unfortunately there is no Return to Sender option. They screamed “Defund the police,” (and others joined in because of boredom, a misplaced or confused sense of justice, virtue signaling, or for one last chance to relive the ’60s,) and as they turned every police shooting incident into a police brutality or racially motivated attack on innocent citizens, criminals and those who were often victims of their own poor choices and bad behavior felt justified, vindicated, and were embolden. You voted for this…deal with it!

43
11
Reply
David

I don’t know if it was caused by the Covid lockdown, defund police, protests, progressive leaders, releasing criminals from jail or not but i’ve never seen such hatred and rage like there is now. People are losing control and are snapping at the drop of a hat.

35
6
Reply
Manuel

David, this predator didn’t “snap,” he planned and executed a vicious mugging of a vulnerable woman.

24
Reply
Ron

I always read comments about NYC going back to the 70s and 80s crime-wise. I was young and working in the 70s and 80s and, believe me, it’s much, much worse now than it ever was back then. Back then you kind of knew where to not go to at night. Sunnyside was a great place to live. Now crime is everywhere and the middle class class neighborhoods have turned into ghettos with luxury housing and doormen.

40
6
Reply
Optics

Without blaming the victim, I know Queens Plaza isn’t great late at night. And crime was way worse in the 1980s; I’m sure you’re savvy enough to find the stats.

8
13
Reply
Jackie

“Violence against any New Yorker is unacceptable but an attack of a city worker who has dedicated her work to keeping people safe is particularly horrific,” Adams tweeted on Friday. ” So if she was poor and hammered during a robbery so many times it would not be as horrific for the mayor?

21
15
Reply
Samantha

I believe Adams in this case would consider the victim a high skilled workers compared to some of the other victims that make the news.

Reply
Jim

Another homeless Black man committing a crime. No guns involved again just like the subway pusher and the Chinatown murderer just pure criminal act. Mayor Adams – why should I go back to work on a subway system filled with crime and homeless people? Keep your promises and make the city safer. Talk is cheap.

41
2
Reply
Ann

Glad they found him and the description was all we needed: “wearing all black and carrying a cane.” Why make it racial and mention the suspects race?

8
26
Reply
Sherlock Holmes

Uhm. A suspect can change their clothes and maybe ditch the cane. Race is a bit more difficult to alter.

19
1
Reply
Joe

As the mayor said skilled workers must go back to the office so unskilled workers at like coffee shops are hired and get paid. This perception of fear needs to stop except when it comes to the city neglecting brown and black youth especially upcoming rappers.

2
2
Reply
Save the dolphins

I’m glad they caught this guy
This was a vicious attack
This guy should have been medicated and institutionalized
Why did he travel to queens to do this ? You can’t have people in shelters without supervision

31
Reply

Leave a Comment
Reply to this Comment

All comments are subject to moderation before being posted.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Recent News

NYPD searching for burglary crew that targeted nearly 30 laundromats in Queens and others in Brooklyn and the Bronx

Police from the 110th Precinct in Elmhurst are looking for three masked men who broke into Susan’s Laundromat at 85-12 Grand Ave. at around 3:15 a.m. on Monday, June 24, while a fourth member of their crew acted as a lookout near their getaway car parked in front.

The burglars stole $1,800 in cash and removed a payment machine for the laundry room continuing an undetermined amount of cash.

Law enforcement ghost car crackdowns continue with dozens of vehicles seized on Whitestone Bridge: MTA

MTA Bridge and Tunnel officers, the NYPD and law enforcement partners impounded 55 vehicles from motorists crossing into Queens on the Whitestone Bridge on Monday, July 8, as a multi-agency crackdown continued unabated.

Governor Kathy Hochul announced on Tuesday that through 25 joint enforcement operations focusing on ghost plates and persistent toll violators on bridges and tunnels throughout New York City, 1,540 vehicles have been impounded, 339 arrests have been made and 12,007 summonses have been issued so far this year to drivers who owe more than $12.5 million in unpaid tolls and fees.