An East New York man has been indicted and faces charges of robbery, assault and grand larceny for allegedly carjacking a woman in Mill Basin as she sat in her car with her therapy dog, dragging her from the car before stealing it.
According to an NYPD investigation, Kamani Romain, 21, approached the 73-year-old woman while she was sitting in her Honda Civic on Mill Avenue in Mill Basin around 1:00pm on June 6. Romain allegedly punched the woman, dragged her from the driver’s seat, and drove off with her car.
Her credit card, identification card and therapy dog Luna, a toy poodle, were inside the car.
The victim suffered swelling to her head and lacerations to her knees and hands, and was taken to Brookdale Hospital, where she was treated and released.
The woman’s car was found on June 10 on Berry Street, in Williamsburg with a cigarette butt, a water bottle and an iPhone inside. According to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, Romain’s DNA was recovered from the items.
On June 13, the victim’s dog, Luna, was found near Utica Avenue and Linden Boulevard in East Flatbush.
District Attorney Eric Gonzalez said: “Thankfully this woman and her beloved dog were reunited following their frightening alleged encounter with the defendant. Luckily, the victim did not sustain more serious injuries, despite allegedly being brutally dragged from her car.”
Romain was arraigned by Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Matthew Sciarrino on a 12-count indictment in which he is charged with second- and third-degree robbery, second-degree assault, third-degree criminal possession of stolen property, third-degree attempted robbery, fourth-degree grand larceny, and other related charges.
He was ordered to return to court on November 23, 2021.