New York Man Injures 10 in Wild Rampage with Tree Branch, Police Say

A 43-year-old man has been arrested after allegedly injuring 10 people and damaging six cars during a wild rampage in New York City, with what some reports say was a tree branch.

Bryan Thompson, of New Jersey, has been arrested and faces several charges including robbery, assault, resisting arrest and reckless driving, the New York Police Department (NYPD) said in a statement to Newsweek.

The NYPD said that just after 6:30 p.m. three people—an 18-year-old man, a 39-year-old woman and a 56-year-old man—were struck over the head with "a wooden weapon" while waiting for a train on the northbound No. 1 line platform inside the Canal Street subway station.

The assailant was unknown to them and the attack was "unprovoked," police said. All three victims received bleeding and lacerations to the head and were transported to an area hospital in stable condition.

The suspect then fled the station and attacked a fourth victim—a 39-year-old woman—near Varick and Canal Street, assaulting her with the same wooden weapon. She suffered bleeding and lacerations to the head.

Next, the man approached a car and attacked the 37-year-old driver, who then quickly fled the scene, leaving his engine running.

The attacker got behind the wheel and drove at speed before losing control and crashing into two parked cars near Laigh Street and 6th Avenue, the statement added.

At this point, the suspect got out of the car and approached another vehicle—a 2006 Ford Taurus. He broke the rear window as he tried to grab the female driver but she managed to stay in the car, police said.

The suspect then traveled on foot a short distance before approaching a 32-year old woman in a 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee. He broke the side window of the car causing minor lacerations to the woman from flying shards but he ultimately was unsuccessful in his attempt to gain entry.

The NYPD said he then pursued two pedestrians, a 42-year old male and a 41-year old woman, hitting both about the body with a wooden weapon. The man suffered a broken arm and the woman received lacerations and bruising to the leg.

After these assaults, the suspect fled on foot and approached the final victim, a 33-year old male driver of a parked 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee in front of 66 West Broadway.

Police said he began to strike the vehicle, prompting the victim to leave the car and run off in fear for his safety. The suspect got into the car and began to drive at a high rate of speed.

At approximately 7.12 p.m., the Jeep was spotted traveling near West 24th Street and 12th Avenue in the confines of the 10th Precinct, police said.

The suspect soon lost control of the stolen car, crashed into an NYPD radio vehicle and hit a center median before coming to a stop near Chelsea Piers on the West Side Highway.

When officers approached and asked him to get out of the car, he refused. They then broke the driver's side window and tasered the man. He was taken to Bellevue Hospital for a psychiatric evaluation, the statement said.

Police said that charges are pending and the investigation is currently ongoing.

A police source described the rampage to the New York Post as "a one-man crime spree."

It comes after another New York man was arrested for allegedly stabbing his 79-year-old grandfather to death and injuring other relatives with a machete on Sunday.

The 22-year-old man, who has not been identified, was arrested after allegedly attacking his grandfather and two other relatives—a 49-year-old relative and a four-year-old girl at around 6.20 p.m. in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn.

According to the New York Post, police and sources said the suspect and the victims are all related.

The publication reported that the 79-year-old is the suspect's grandfather and the four-year-old his sister, adding that the attack is believed to be related to a domestic dispute.

The New York Police Department (NYPD) said they were called to a report of an assault in a second-floor apartment on 300 Putnam Avenue, within the confines of the 79 Precinct.

In a statement, police said: "Upon arrival officers discovered a 79-year-old male with a stab wound to the abdomen, a 49-year-old male with a slash wound to the hand and a four-year-old female with a slash wound to the hip."

The 79-year-old was rushed to Interfaith Hospital where he was pronounced death, the police added. The 49-year-old was taken to Kings County Hospital and the four-year-old was taken to Woodhull hospital. They are both in a stable condition.

The NYPD said the 22-year-old was taken into custody at the scene and the investigation is ongoing. It's unclear what prompted the attack.