Woman Mugged at Knifepoint by Man Who ‘Offered Sex’ at Pier 45, Police Say

(DNAINFO)  Danielle Tcholakian — A 43-year-old woman was mugged at knife point by a 26-year-old man early in the morning at Pier 45 off Christopher Street shortly after he was released from jail, police said.

Police said Elias Navarez, “offered sex” to the woman at the Hudson River Park pier on July 31 about 5:50 a.m.

Navarez then told the woman, “I will cut your face up and toss you in the water,” while swinging a knife at her, according to court documents.

The woman fell to the ground backing away from him, court documents say, but Navarez kept swinging the knife.

The woman blocked the knife with her purse, and Navarez started kicking her over and over in her left side while she lay on the ground, the documents say.

Navarez eventually grabbed her purse from her and emptied it on the ground, snatching her $200 Coach wallet, which held a Chase debit card and $60 in cash, and fled.

When police caught up to him and patted him down, they found a marijuana pipe with residue in it and two bags of marijuana, according to a police report.

He was arrested on charges of felony robbery in the first degree, criminal possession of a weapon in the third degree and unlawful possession of marijuana, and is being held at the Manhattan Detention Complex on $10,000 bail, records show.

He is due back in court on Sept. 2. His lawyer did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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