Knife-Wielding Bicyclist Sentenced For Assault In Long Island City Stabbing Attack
Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown announced on August 9 that a 49-year-old Brooklyn man who rode up on a bicycle and stabbed a woman in the chest as she was walking with her daughter near Queens Plaza in June 2008 has been sentenced to 25 years in prison following his conviction last month on charges of first-degree assault and endangering the welfare of a child.
Brown said, “Today’s sentence is a measure of justice for this victim and her young daughter who were terrorized by the defendant when he rode up on his bicycle and plunged a knife into the victim’s chest without any provocation whatsoever. He is a danger to society and must be kept behind bars in order to protect the public and to punish him for his actions.”
The District Attorney identified the defendant as Elie Granger Jr., 49, of Manhattan Avenue in Brooklyn. Granger was sentenced today to 25 years in prison and five years’ post-release supervision following his conviction last month on charges of first-degree assault and endangering the welfare of a child. The three-week jury trial at which Granger acted as his own attorney was presided over by Acting Queens Supreme Court Justice Joseph A. Zayas, who handed down the sentence, which is the maximum allowed by law.
Brown said that, according to trial testimony, Eduarda Olivia, 37, was walking along 22nd Street and Queens Plaza North with her 13-year-old daughter, Kayla, on the morning of Sunday, June 22, 2008, when Granger approached the pair by riding his bicycle onto the sidewalk and stabbed the elder Olivia in the chest before riding off.
Brown said that Olivia was transported to New York Presbyterian Cornell Medical Center in Manhattan in critical condition. She has since recovered from her injuries.
The investigation was conducted by detectives of 114th Precinct Detective Squad under the command of Lieutenant Edward Keough and the overall supervision of Deputy Chief Louis M. Croce Jr. CO.