A drunken homeless man who beat up an NYU theater student and two other women last summer during a terrifying crime spree — knocking one victim’s teeth out — landed a lenient 364 day sentence on Friday.
In a hearing in Manhattan Supreme Court, Judge Steven Statsinger ordered the light stint for Carlos Munoz, 23, who’d pleaded guilty to assault and other charges last month in exchange for a 364-day term that would let him stay in a city jail and avoid upstate prison.
One of his victims said the brutal attack left her with crippling fear that “impedes on my daily life.”
“No matter where I am, I constantly have to look behind me because I have an underlying fear that someone is going to come up behind me and hit me or try to hurt me," the victim said in a statement read by Manhattan Assistant District Attorney Maria Luna. “The situation has left me with emotional damage and my psychiatrist diagnosed me with PTSD associated with the attack.”
Munoz’s vicious July 2018 attacks first targeted NYU student Cat Heinen, who was on her way to a college dorm party in Union Square when she said Munoz appeared behind her on a bike and repeatedly punched her in the head.
“He was trying to talk to me and I was just ignoring him,” Heinen, 20, told the Daily News at the time. “Then he cut me off with his bike, and I walked around and I was like, ‘Stay the f--- away from me.’”
Later that night, Munoz slugged a 19-year-old woman in the neck with a bike lock and then, in the same neighborhood, knocked out a 20-year-old woman’s teeth with a lock, leaving her bruised and cut.
In Heinen’s statement, also read by Luna, said she has “nightmares of being attacked again" and hasn’t returned to New York since last December because she’s afraid to go back home.