QUEENS, N.Y. — A second person has been charged in connection with the brutal attack on a 58-year-old woman as she walked down a set of subway stairs last week, according to the Queens District Attorney’s Office.
Denise Alston, 57, is accused of using the victim’s credit card just hours after the attack at the Queens Plaza subway station to make a $19 purchase.
According to the criminal complaint, police found Alston to be in possession of the victim’s credit card, two department store cards and her ID at the time of her arrest.
Alston has been charged with criminal possession of stolen property, petit larceny, identity theft and more. Her attorney information was not immediately available.
Police first arrested William Blount, 57, in connection with that attack and charged him with attempted murder, robbery and assault on Sunday.
The 58-year-old victim, who works as a researcher at the city’s Department of Health, was walking down a set of stairs leading into the Queens Plaza subway station around 11:20 p.m. on Thursday when a man approached her from behind and kicked her, the NYPD said.
After he kicked her, the man struck the woman in the head with a hammer several times before fleeing the scene with her purse, police said.
The victim was transported to New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center, where she was listed in critical condition, according to authorities.
In a statement, Katz called the attack “brutal” and “gratuitous” and condemned violence in the subway system.
“The subways are too integral to the lifeblood of our city for riders to be terrorized when using them. The violence has to stop,” said Katz.
If convicted, Blount faces up to 25 years in prison. Alston could also face up to four years in prison.