Who is Babacar Mbaye? Why did he is arrested?
Babacar Mbaye, 34, allegedly slugged a 4-year-old boy in the head in Times Square. After that, he was thrashed by two women, with the child’s mother helping in his restraint until authorities came. Babacar Mbaye was detained following an outrageous attack in broad daylight at the Crossroads of the World on 46th Street and Seventh Avenue. At around 3:20 p.m., the man allegedly punched the child as the area was crowded with pedestrians enjoying an unseasonably hot afternoon.
According to sources, law enforcement, and security footage obtained by The Post, he was attacked by the child’s mother and another woman. The footage showed the two brave women rushing in front of the TKTS bleachers to take down the creep. According to the clip, one of them grappled the suspect only inches from Seventh Avenue traffic while the other slammed an object at him that appeared to be a bottle or rolled-up umbrella. The little boy could be seen holding his head. According to authorities, one of the women who held the suspect down was the child’s mother, but it was unclear which one.
“Who needs DA Bragg?” A Manhattan detective stated, “The mother took care of justice the old fashioned way.”
Of course, he was alluding to Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg.
When police arrived to arrest him, he allegedly kicked one of the police officers in the leg as they carried him into custody. So prosecutors claimed at Mbaye’s appearance in Manhattan Criminal Court late Friday night.
The child was treated at the spot. He seems to live in the Bronx with his mother.
According to authorities, Mbaye faces charges of criminal assault, reckless endangerment, and resisting arrest.
According to sources, he has a long criminal record dating back to 2009, including arrests for assault, criminal possession of a weapon, DWI, and menacing. Late Friday in Manhattan Criminal Court at his arraignment, Mbaye was ordered held on $30,000 cash bail. The date for his next court appearance has been scheduled for Wednesday.
Mbaye remained silent during the hearing, during which Judge Jay Weiner ordered him jailed on $30,000 cash bail. Bragg’s prosecutors had requested that the judge set bail at $50,000. Mbaye’s lawyer, Thomas Kenniff, claimed his client was unemployed and lived with his mother and two siblings, adding that there was “never any intent for him to strike the child.” Mbaye was “under the influence of an intoxicated, debilitating psychiatric episode,” according to his lawyer.
“He was dancing in the midst of Times Square and inadvertently made contact with the child … which drew the ire of the child’s mother who maybe perhaps reasonably believed that he intended to strike the child,” Kenniff stated. “But I’m confident that was not his intention.”
Babacar Mbaye, arrested Thursday for hitting a 4-y.o. boy in Times Square, has 51 prior arrests.
He had 3 recent priors for assault, including a Feb 3 charge for punching a woman in the head on the subway. Was released w/o bail on a desk appearance ticket. https://t.co/JHmUhvWd9r
— Crime in NYC (@CrimeInNYC) February 19, 2022
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