Worrying Tiktok Punching Trend Goes Viral in NY, Cops Investigate

Many young women have taken to social media to share accounts of assaults they say they were victims of, with some claiming that strangers punched them in the face as they walked down the street in broad daylight.

The New York Police Department (NYPD) has verified the arrest of one guy whom they have charged with assault.

Although the police have declined to acknowledge any investigations into crimes shown in the TikTok videos, they have said that the instances resemble those published on social media sites.

The number of shootings, homicides, and other offenses recorded by the NYPD has decreased when compared to February of the previous year. On the other hand, there has been a 10.3% rise from last year at this time and a 15.7% increase over the previous two years in misdemeanor assault. Some of these women have spoken up about the specifics of their ordeals, shedding light on how these events have changed their lives and how safe, or unsafe, it is to live in New York.

Halley Kate, whose real name is Halley Mcgookin, is an influencer who went viral on March 25 after posting a video detailing an assault she had recently endured in New York City. A considerable lump, apparently caused by the attack, is seen on the top right side of her skull. The incident led to the arrest of 40-year-old Skiboky Stora of Brooklyn, who is facing assault charges.

Mikayla Toninato, a TikTok user, shared a video on March 25 in which she claimed to have been hit in the face as she left her Parsons School of Design class in Manhattan.

On March 28, 30-year-old Mallik Miah was taken into custody and faced assault charges after punching the right side of the face of a 27-year-old lady. The inquiry is continuing.

Two TikTok users, @malous228 and @meredithfryy, recounted the times on March 23 and 26, respectively, when a stranger hit them in the head in Times Square.

Other evidence of prior assaults includes a video posted by TikToker @olivia.brand on March 17 and a video posted by TikToker Jill Burke on February 8 with a black eye.

She said a man slammed her in the face with a bag filled with heavy items, giving her a concussion.

Hopefully, the NYPD can put a stop to this “trend.”