An 18-year-old accused of jump-kicking in a mother in the back as she carried a baby is in police custody Tuesday, police said.
Police tracked down Alonzo Brown less than a day after authorities released video showing a suspect kicking Odila Orozco as she carried laundry bags on East Tremont Avenue with her 2-month-old son strapped to her chest on Friday.
Both the mother and the baby fell to the ground after the kick, and the suspect allegedly ran off with the woman's cell phone.
U.S. & World
News from around the country and around the globe
Brown was charged with robbery, attempted robbery, several counts of assault and acting in a manner injurious to a child, among other charges. He pleaded not guilty at his arraignment Tuesday.
As he was being driven away in a police cruiser Brown claimed he didn't know Orozco was holding a baby.
"I'm sorry to the lady and the baby," he said.
Orozco and her son Jordan were taken to Jacobi Hospital, where they were treated for their injuries and released.
The 24-year-old victim told NBC 4 New York she was walking home from the laundromat in West Farms last Friday afternoon when she was attacked. She said Tuesday that she didn't accept his apology, and that she doesn't believe he didn't see her baby because they made eye contact as they walked by each other.
She told NBC 4 New York through a translator: "He deserves to pay for what he did, he has probably hurt some other people in the past. He didn't think of [the] baby so he deserves what he's going to get."
"He didn't think like a man, he acted like a coward," she said. "He has to pay for what he did."
Brown, who has 11 prior arrests, was ordered jailed on $25,000 bond, and is scheduled to return to court Dec. 8. He has other court dates for two other outstanding cases.
-- Pei-Sze Cheng contributed to this report.