Bronx, NY – The man who was caught on video smearing human feces all over a woman’s face at a subway stop in the Bronx last week was released without bail despite having been arrested more than 20 times since 1999 (video below).
The New York Police Department (NYPD) said the incident occurred at about 5:15 p.m. on Feb. 21 at the Wakefield-241st Street subway station, NBC News reported.
A 43-year-old woman was sitting on a bench in the station waiting for the next train when she was approached by a man later identified as 37-year-old Frank Abrokwa, the New York Post reported.
Police said Abrokwa approached the woman and asked, “Hey mami, how come you don’t want to talk to me?” the New York Post reported.
“The complainant did not engage with the defendant,” Bronx Assistant District Attorney Grace Phillips told the court at Abrokwa’s arraignment. “Instead of taking the lack of engagement in stride, the defendant responded with violence. He walked into a nearby idling subway car and defecated in a bag.”
Surveillance video from inside the subway station showed Abrokwa walking along the platform with a backpack slung over his shoulder and the bag of feces in his hand.
“He then walked back to the complainant and repeatedly smashed the bag and left his feces in her face, head, neck, shoulders and back area,” Phillips said. “She had feces in her eyes, and hair. As he attacked, the defendant stated in sum and substance: ‘Like this, b-h?’”
The prosecutors said the victim tried to protect herself with her bag but suffered a bleeding cut inside her lip and a swollen and red forehead, according to the New York Post.
Abrokwa was arrested the next day in connection with a hate crime he allegedly committed in Brooklyn.
Police said Abrokwa approached a 46-year-old man on Utica Avenue near Park Place in Crown Heights at about 5:30 p.m. on Sept. 9, 2021 and snarled, “F–king Jew, I’m going to kill you,” according to the New York Post.
Then he spit on the man and tried to punch him before fleeing the scene.
Abrokwa was charged with harassment and menacing, both as hate crimes, in connection with that incident, according to the New York Post.
NYPD said that Abrokwa also menaced an employee of a Bronx business with a screwdriver while committing a robbery on Feb. 22.
Abrokwa was arrested on Feb. 28 and charged with forcible touching, menacing, disorderly conduct, and harassment in connection with the feces attack on the woman in the subway station, according to NYPD.
“S–t happens. Haha. This is a s–tty situation. Haha,” Abrokwa joked to the officers who arrested him, according to prosecutors.
Abrokwa exploded in Bronx Criminal Court when Phillips requested an order of protection for the woman he had smeared with poop, the New York Post reported.
“I don’t know that b—h,” he yelled to Judge Wanda Licitra.
Then he went off on Licitra, the New York Post reported.
“Why am I being mistreated by the system?” Abrokwa asked the judge. “I’m being respectful. I’m talking to my attorney.”
“You’re talking to her. Not to me. F–k you, b-h,” he told Licitra.
The judge had Abrokwa removed from the courtroom but brought him back later to finish his arraignment, the New York Post reported.
Prosecutors’ asked that Abrokwa be held on $15,000 bond, or $5,000 cash.
However, Licitra ultimately freed the career criminal without bail after it was determined that his crimes were not bail-eligible under New York’s new bail reform laws, the New York Post reported.
Police said Abrokwa’s arrest record in the city goes back 23 years, with 22 prior unsealed arrests dating back to 1999.
Sources said Abrokwa also had dozens of sealed arrests.
New York City Mayor Eric Adams, a former transit police captain, expressed concern for the victim and the attack a “horrific experience for anyone to go through” at a press conference on Monday, the New York Post reported.
“Human waste or someone spitting in your face, those are real signs of mental health issues … and we really must dig into how we’re dealing with these mental health issues,” Adams told reporters.
Watch the incident unfold in the video below. WARNING – Graphic Content: