“This case marks the first time that terrorism financing is being prosecuted in New York State Court and is one of the rare cases worldwide where cryptocurrency is alleged to have financed terrorism,” said District Attorney Bragg. “This complex case demonstrates the depth of knowledge and resources this Office has to combat terrorism and extremism in New York and throughout the globe. I thank our partners at the NYPD for their continued partnership to root out terror threats in any form they take.”
Alvin Bragg is making the rounds. The District Attorney for Manhattan has kicked off the new year with a series of interviews, sitting down with NY1, the New York Times, City and State, and others. Last week, it was West Side Rag’s turn to talk with the DA about issues on the minds of Upper West Siders.
A 62-year-old Manhattan man was convicted of sex crimes charges Monday for the brutal assault and rape of a 23-year-old Asian woman inside a sidewalk construction shed in Chelsea in December 2021, according to the Manhattan District Attorney’s office. Darryl Phelps, who was a registered sex offender, was convicted by a jury in less than hour of deliberations for attacking and raping the young woman at around 1:30 a.m. on Dec. 22, 2021, while she was walking home from her job as a waiter in Korea Town.
“In less than an hour of deliberations, a jury of Darryl Phelps’ peers found him guilty of brutally raping a young woman who was simply trying to walk home from work,” said District Attorney Bragg. “Notably, while this survivor did not return to the United States to testify, our prosecutors were able to secure this conviction using body-worn camera footage, eyewitness testimony, and other evidence.”
“These attacks took place near one of our city’s busiest transit hubs that millions of New Yorkers and our neighbors rely on every day,” said District Attorney Bragg. “New Yorkers deserve to walk our streets and travel through Manhattan without fear of being attacked. My thoughts are with the victims as they continue to heal.”