On Thursday, an Upper West Side mom took to social networking site Nextdoor to warn neighbors about a disturbing incident which took place right outside of the Henry Neufeld Playground in Riverside Park at West 76th Street. She said it happened at about 11:30 a.m.
“…a man just chased after my two-year-old son trying to hit him and saying he hates kids and that the kids need to get out of here. If my mother [hadn’t] intervened and ran away carrying my son he would have hit him.”
“My son was hysterical and terrified.”
The mom went on to say that the police were called but since her son wasn’t actually hit, there was nothing they could do – outside of trying to find him to “talk to him about it” – which lit up the comments section with frustration.
“The man appeared to be living in the park so there is a high possibility this will happen again to another child. Description- tall thin black male wearing a white shirt.” The woman also told us he appeared to be in his 50s or 60s.
Several people in the comments section seemed to be familiar with the man being described.
“I think I saw that same man ranting a week or two ago, screaming nonsense at park-goers,” one person chimed in.
“Omg, this is horrific, this should not be happening. A neighbor said she saw a man fitting this description yelling at a woman with a stroller yesterday [in] about the same area,” said another user.