A disturbed man who randomly slugged a deaf female straphanger just days after punching another is finally off the streets, after a judge on Monday ordered him to undergo a psychiatric exam.
Vladimir Pierre, 41, faces charges of second degree attempted assaulted, third degree assault and second degree engagement for the alleged attack, which according to prosecutors sent its victim reeling onto the tracks at Union Square-14th Street station at around 9:49 a.m. on Sunday.
Judge Melissa Jackson ordered Pierre to be held indefinitely pending the results of a psychiatric exam, after the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office requested he be held on $25,000 cash bail or a $75,000 bond.
“There is a question of fitness to proceed. There is some question of his mental capacity,” Jackson said in court on Sunday.
Pierre, a reputed member of Brooklyn’s Newkirk Crew street gang, appeared in court in the same orange camouflage pants and gray winter coat he was arrested in on Sunday. He moaned and spoke unintelligibly throughout the arraignments, and was unable to stand still while his legal aid attorney testified on his behalf.
The alleged attacker’s rap sheet extends beyond the two recent assaults — and includes “another similar assault” on a subway rider from last December, prosecutors said. According to police sources, he has one other pending case against him.
“This is not an isolated incident. He punched another subway rider and tried to cut off her air supply by putting the victim in a headlock,” Manhattan Assistant District Attorney Kayla Sullivan said in court on Monday. “There is also another similar assault for which he failed to appear. The first on December 2020, again failing to appear on February 2021, then again March 2021. He returned when he was rearrested.”
Pierre’s next court date is scheduled for Friday, Sept. 10.