Pearson ran up to a table where a man was selling cellphone cases on Broadway between Houston and Prince streets and stabbed him multiple times, the victim’s partner said.
Richard Pearson is notorious on Spring Street and the surrounding neighborhood for verbally and physically assaulting anyone in his path.
Residents who live near Lafayette and Spring Street refused to back down. They flooded the judge with dozens of letters begging him to keep Pearson off of the street.
Some people compared accused Richard Pearson to a modern day Larry Hogue, a mentally ill wild man who terrorized Manhattan’s Upper West Side in the 1990s.
Richard Pearson, 47, had apparently been panhandling near a Harlem restaurant Monday evening when he allegedly swiped cash from a recently paid bill off an outdoor table.