New York, NY—The NYPD 19th Precinct released a 38-second video on its Twitter feed that shows several suspects vandalizing Randy Mastro’s townhouse on East 83rd Street on October 21.
In the surveillance video, nearly a dozen individuals disembark from their bicycles in front of the property, and then remove spray paint cans from their backpacks to spray paint on the sidewalk and on the townhouse’s façade explicit messages such as “prick,” “Randy Mastro you can’t displace us” and “F**k you Randy.”
The police also said that the suspects tossed red paint and eggs at the building and the front door locks were glued.
Mastro is recently representing a group of West Siders, the West Side Community Organization, who had threatened to sue the city if it did not transfer more than 200 homeless men from the Lucerne Hotel on the Upper West Side because the group says that the neighborhood has been progressively overrun by open daytime illicit drug use, violent assaults, verbal harassment and unprovoked attacks.
The October 21 incident drew condemnation from Manhattan Borough President, Gale Brewer.
“While I understand that tensions are high regarding the situation at the Lucerne, civil discourse must prevail. Destruction and vandalism won’t solve anything, and I unequivocally condemn this kind of illegal attack,” said Brewer.
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