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PRESS RELEASE: NYS ATTORNEY GENERAL CANDIDATE MICHAEL HENRY CALLS ON QUEENS DISTRICT ATTORNEY TO UPGRADE CHARGES FOR HOWARD BEACH SUBWAY ATTACKER

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September 27, 2022

NYS ATTORNEY GENERAL CANDIDATE MICHAEL HENRY calls on QUEENS DISTRICT ATTORNEY to UPGRADE CHARGES FOR HOWARD BEACH SUBWAY ATTACKER to ATTEMPTED MURDER

Letitia James remains silent on brutal attack even after seeing Queens DA

New York, NY — Attorney General candidate Michael Henry today called on Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz to upgrade charges against Howard Beach subway attacker Waheed Foster to attempted murder from assault after he visciously beat and stomped Elizabeth Gomes in a chilling September 20 encounter.

Elizabeth Gomes was nearly beaten to death while she was going to work by a lifelong criminal out on parole and every New Yorker who watched the surveillance video can see this. Queens District Attorney must upgrade charges faced by attacker Waheed Foster to attempted murder because this severe beating could have resulted in death,” said Michael Henry.

“It’s reprehensible that my opponent, who was with the District Attorney on Sunday, failed to ask her office to upgrade this charge. New Yorkers, like Ms.Gomes, deserve to go to work without fear of being attacked by career criminals. Letitia James puts the rights of criminals over law-abiding New Yorkers by firmly supporting policies like so-called bail reform and other dangerous policies.”

Waheed Foster was out on parole when he attacked Ms.Gomes at the Howard Beach subway station at 5:15 a.m. 

He has two open cases and a history of violence against women. At age 14, he murdered his granmother, and would go on to stab his sister with a screwdriver and attack three workers at a psychiatric facility.

Attachment: Waheed Foster charges

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