Suspect in drug-fueled NYC rampage recently out of prison

The man who went on an apparent drug-fueled rampage – attacking at least four innocent pedestrians on the Upper East Side – was just released from prison last month and has 14 prior arrests, according to authorities and public records.

Lavon Davis, 32, of the Bronx, was hit with multiple assault charges, as well as strangulation and criminal possession of a controlled substance, in connection to his Monday morning spree that lasted about a half-hour, cops said.

Davis targeted his first victim, a 65-year-old man, just after 8 am at East 96th Street and Second Avenue – punching him in the face without provocation, authorities said.

Davis then moved three blocks north to East 99th Street and Second Avenue, where he hit a 37-year-old man and a 66-year-old woman over the head with a glass bottle, cops said.

The male victim told police he happened to be walking by when the woman was being attacked – and then Davis turned on him too, authorities said.

Then around 8:30 am, he punched and choked a 22-year-old male NYCHA employee on East 92nd Street near York Avenue, police said.

The unidentified suspect was taken into custody at the scene of the fourth assault and brought to Metropolitan Hospital, apparently because of his intoxication, cops said.

He was found with alleged methamphetamine in his backpack and wallet, police said.

Later, a fifth possible victim, a 45-year-old man, walked into Harlem Hospital with a knife blade stuck in his back, and told authorities his attacker fit the description of Davis, cops said.

That victim was slashed in the right side of his neck and stabbed in the back, police said.

All of the victims were hospitalized in stable condition, police said.

Lavon Davis was hit with multiple assault charges, as well as strangulation and criminal possession of a controlled substance after his drug-induced crime spree on April 18, 2022.
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Davis was also charged with attempted murder, assault, robbery, reckless endangerment and criminal possession of a weapon in connection to an unrelated incident from Saturday, police said.

He allegedly stabbed a 51-year-old man – who cops said is known to him – with a kitchen knife in a building lobby and snatched his bag, holding $ 4,200 cash, police said.

Davis was also hit with multiple unrelated criminal contempt charges.

In total, he has 14 prior arrests, police said.

He was just conditionally released to parole on March 14 in connection to a December first-degree criminal contempt conviction, state corrections records show.

He was also released in July 2018 after serving more than five years for selling drugs on school grounds, according to the records.

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