The incident took place at approximately 8:30 PM on the Ocean Parkway service road between Avenue L and Avenue M. Police said that the 37 year old woman suffered a laceration to her forehead and lip after being beaten with a closed fist by a man who entered her car without permission.
An Orthodox Jewish man who lives nearby said that he was driving on the service road when he saw the woman get into her red Hyundai Veloster.
“As she was turning the key in the ignition this guy jumped into her car and attacked her,” said the witness who agreed to be interviewed only on the condition of anonymity. “She was screaming and kicking him and pushed him out through the driver’s side door.”
The witness said that two continued to scuffle by the benches that line the median between Ocean Parkway’s service road and the main thoroughfare.
“She was throwing punches at him,” said the witness, who joined the melee along with another passerby who stopped to help the victim. The two restrained the suspect, with both Shomrim and the NYPD arriving on scene in a matter of minutes.
The witness said that the victim was on her way to the airport to catch a flight to her native Bulgaria when the attack took place.
According to police, the woman sustained lacerations to her forehead and lip during the attack. The victim, who refused medical attention, repeatedly told police that her attacker broke her $400 glasses.
The 24 year suspect was identified as Okhunjon Dillaev and was found to be in possession of an illegal substance. He was arrested and charged with assault, criminal possession of a controlled substance and unauthorized use of a vehicle.
Police said that Dillaev and his victim did not know each other and that the suspect has no record of prior arrests.