The serial offender who launched a violent attack on a Thai model in a New York City Subway will be jailed for five years after pleading guilty.
Thug Kevin Douglas admitted second-degree robbery for the brutal assault of Bew Jirajariyawetch while she waited at the 34th Street-Herald Square station for a train home on November 22 last year. Douglas struck a plea deal with Manhattan prosecutors for a five years’ jail sentence followed by two and a half years of post-release supervision, when he is sentenced in court on August 9.
The Manhattan Supreme Court hear the 40 year old confess to pouncing on the young Thai woman and stealing her belongings.
The barbaric assault was caught on subway CCTV cameras showing Douglas grabbing Bew from behind, putting her in a headlock, dragging her down the empty platform before punching her in the face a number of times before making off with her purse.
Bew was taken to the hospital with dried blood caked under her nose, near her mouth, and running down her legs.
The 23 year old said, “I’m just glad that I’m still alive.”
Bew was waiting for the train home to Queens around 4am after seeing Thai American singer Daboyway in concert with friends.
She was standing on the edge of the B, D, F, M platform when a stranger suddenly came up behind her and put her in a headlock.
Bew had only been in the US for a few months before the assault took place. She moved to New York from Thailand in the summer of 2021 to study English and pursue a career in fashion.
“He dragged me where nobody could see … Beat me … Took my purse. I wish I had a chance to yell.”
Douglas is said to be a career criminal with 44 arrests dating back to 1997.
Bew chose not to appear in court for the sentencing but has decided to remain in the Big Apple with a visa to continue her studies for the year.
SOURCE: New York Post
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