A pregnant woman said she was attacked earlier this month after she did not say “thank you” to a man who held a door open for her at a New York City public housing building, CBS New York reports.
Lakeeya Walker, who works as a caretaker at the building in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan, was using her key to enter the building on March 5 when a man offered to open the door for her.
“Once I entered the building, I didn’t say anything to him. He was mad that I didn’t say thank you, so he called me an ungrateful bitch,” Walker, who is seven weeks pregnant, said.
The 22-year-old told the man that she had not needed him to hold the door for her and told him not to speak to her that way. The man responded by throwing his coffee in her face.
“Then he takes his cup of coffee—he was drinking a cup of Dunkin’ Donuts coffee—and he throws it at me in my face,” she told the news station. “He then choked me with one hand and then started hitting me repeatedly with the other.”
Walker tried to escape, but the attacker tossed her to the ground.
“When he felt good and ready, he pulled me off the gate. He threw me on the floor like a WWE mat while laying on my back. My feet is in the air. I’m kicking, kicking, kicking, trying to, like, protect myself. He’s kicking me on the stomach, and while he’s doing this, he says to me, ‘I’m going to kick that baby out your womb,’” the woman added.
Walker was taken to the hospital, where, she said, the doctor told her there was a blood clot by the baby’s head that could go away.
Authorities have identified 32-year-old Darryl Guillyard as a suspect in the assault and are currently looking for him.
Read more at CBS New York.