D.A. Bragg Announces Indictment Of Man For Pouring Scalding Hot Liquid On Four Separate Individuals Within 2 Hours

March 28, 2024

Manhattan District Attorney Alvin L. Bragg Jr. today announced the indictment of LARRY MARTIN, 42, for pouring scalding hot liquid on four separate people within two hours earlier this month in Midtown. MARTIN is charged in a New York State Supreme Court indictment with four counts of An Attempt to Commit the Crime of Assault in the First Degree and four counts of Assault in the Second Degree. [1] 

“Larry Martin allegedly committed violent attacks against four randomly selected individuals walking in Midtown within the span of less than two hours,” said District Attorney Bragg. “My thoughts are with the victims as they heal from their extensive injuries. Nobody should fear for their safety while walking in Manhattan.” 

According to court documents and statements made on the record in court, on March 6, 2024, at approximately 7:10 a.m. at East 44th Street and Lexington Avenue, MARTIN allegedly lunged towards an individual and threw scalding hot liquid down the back of his head, causing burns to his neck. 

After the first incident, at approximately 7:46 a.m. on West 56th Street and 6th Avenue, MARTIN allegedly threw hot scalding liquid on the side of the second victim’s face, causing burns and hearing loss. 

Later that morning at approximately 8:15 a.m. West 42nd Street and 7th Avenue, MARTIN allegedly lifted his hand and poured scalding hot liquid from a cup on the right side of the third victim’s face, burning them. 

At approximately 8:39 a.m. on West 35th Street, MARTIN allegedly poured scalding hot liquid on the fourth victim’s chest and hand, burning them, before walking towards 8th Avenue. 

Assistant D.A. Shanni Davidowitz (Trial Bureau 80) is handling the prosecution of this case, under the supervision of Deputy Bureau Chief Tricia Phillips (Trial Bureau 80), Deputy Bureau Chief Daniel Makofsky (Trial Bureau 80), Bureau Chief Siobhan Carty (Trial Bureau 80) and Executive Assistant D.A. Lisa DelPizzo (Chief of the Trial Division). 

D.A. Bragg thanked the NYPD, specifically Officer John Lamneck of the Midtown South Precinct Detective Squad, Detective Christopher McLaughlin of the 17th Precinct and Officer Sean Hogan of the 18th Precinct. 

Defendant Information: 


Brooklyn, NY 


  • An Attempt to Commit the Crime of Assault in the First Degree, a class C felony, four counts
  • Assault in the Second Degree, a class D felony, four counts 


[1] The charges contained in the indictment are merely allegations, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty. All factual recitations are derived from documents filed in court and statements made on the record in court.