Cyndi Gradwell, 72, left with black eye and chipped tooth in NYC as homeless man trips her

'I can't eat -- I'm sucking down spaghetti one at a time and eating eggs and mashed potatoes,' said Cyndi Gradwell who is from Maryland


                            Cyndi Gradwell, 72, left with black eye and chipped tooth in NYC as homeless man trips her
Homeless man intentionally tripped this woman (Cyndi Gradwell/Facebook and screengrab from ABC7)
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A 72-year old woman tried to enter New York City via Penn Station and was left with bruises, a black eye, and a chipped tooth after a homeless criminal tripped her intentionally. The woman was accompanied by her two daughters as they came out in the city to enjoy their Christmas present, a trip to the theater.

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Cyndi Gradwell, 72, a resident of Ocean City, Maryland, came to New York City with her daughters on Friday, April 1. Following a lunch, the trio was walking down Ninth Avenue between the 35th and 36th streets with their suitcases. At this point, Kelvin Winfield started yelling at the girls asking them where they were going. 

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Reportedly, he asked, "Where are you going? Where are you going?" as he walked in close proximity to them. The surveillance footage obtained by New York Post shows how the 72-year-old mother-of-two, who was walking behind Winfield tried to go around him. But Winfield intentionally stuck one foot out, tripped the lady causing her to fall face first and hit her teeth. 

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Winfield kept moving forward and her daughters stopped to help their mother off the ground. One dropped her suitcase and rubbed her mother's back to comfort her. Many people gathered around the 72-year-old victim. Gradwell said, "My mouth hurts a little bit because a couple of my teeth were knocked out. I need to go to a dental surgeon. So I can't eat -- I'm sucking down spaghetti one at a time and eating eggs and mashed potatoes."

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The police have arrested this criminal who reportedly has had six prior arrests. In 2019, a similar assault at Penn Station was recorded. Though it was unclear whether Gradwell was in the city for a play or a musical, she is hesitant to come back. Despite deeply loving her time in the city and the theater district, she will not be returning.

Unfortunately, Gradwell is not the only one who thinks twice before going to NYC. The crime rates have gone up by 45% and felony assaults cover 19%.

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