Pregnant woman suspects she was targeted in NY attack

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Saturday, March 14, 2015
Pregnant woman speaks out about brutal attack
Lucy Yang reports that police have released the suspect's identity.

CHELSEA -- A pregnant woman is recovering after a man in the building she was working in attacked her. She suspects a dispute with a coworker may have led to this horrific attack.

The assault happened on March 5th at the Elliott Houses on 26th Street in Chelsea.

"He picked me up off the ground, has his hands around my neck," said Lakeeya Walker, a pregnant woman and NYCHA worker. "He would've got more hits, but I was dodging him, not staying still, so he would have a landmark up."

22-year-old Lakeeya Walker says she was savagely punched in the face and kicked in the stomach while working at the Chelsea Houses last Thursday morning. Most frightening of all, she is nine weeks pregnant.

"He was basically saying, 'I'm going to kick that baby out of your womb,'" Walker said.

Walker had just finished shoveling and sprinkling salt when she tried to enter the building. She says a tenant let her in. But she didn't say thank you. Lakeeya claims that's when he threw hot coffee on her face followed by fists and feet.

"It's crazy I don't know this man. How does he know I'm with child?" Walker said.

While a vicious attack on a pregnant woman is horrible enough, she is convinced it was not about not saying thank you. Lakeeya fears she was set up by another NYCHA worker with whom she had an earlier conflict and this is how it was settled.

"She stood across the street the whole time and did nothing," Walker said.

NYCHA issued a statement Friday night saying, "We are providing assistance to the employee and cooperating with the authorities as they investigate this appalling crime."

"I had a blood clot by the baby's head," Walker said.

Darryl Guillyard is 32 years old, 5'10" tall, and weighs 190 pounds. He's wanted for the attack on a pregnant woman in Chelsea.

Late Friday, police released a photos of the suspect 32-year-old Darryl Guillyard.

He's described as 5'10" tall and weighing 190 pounds.

Police added that Guillyard is also wanted for another assault that happened earlier the same day at a different location.

A NYCHA spokesperson wouldn't comment on the claims that another worker was behind the attack, but did report they have since reassigned Lakeeya. She tells me her baby should be fine.

Anyone with information in regards to this incident, or the whereabouts of Darryl, is asked to call the NYPD's Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS.