The streets of New York City are often bustling with activity, but rarely do they become the scene of a crime as shocking as the attack on 90-year-old Ray Alvarez. Recently, a man was arrested and charged in connection with the brutal assault of the beloved candy store owner. This story of tragedy and triumph has been making its rounds in the East Village, and today we are taking a deeper look at the events.
Ramon ‘Ray’ Alvarez was attacked on a Tuesday morning in front of his store. Two men carrying cases of seltzer water approached him and attempted to get him to purchase them. When he refused, one of the men pulled out a belt with a rock attached, and assaulted him in the face. He collapsed to the ground, and the men got away.
Fortunately, the NYPD was able to identify the suspect and arrested 39-year-old Luis Peroza on Friday night. Ray Alvarez, who was still in shock, told reporters that he was feeling better, but that he was still unable to chew food. He was worried that his jaw may have been broken, but he had yet to go to the doctor.
The East Village community has been rallying around the candy store owner, who is set to turn 90 this year. Ray’s Candy Store, which has been in the neighborhood since 1974, was having financial problems before the attack, so a GoFundMe was set up to help him get back on his feet.
This story of tragedy and triumph is a testament to the strength of the human spirit. Despite the horrific attack, Ray Alvarez is still standing and the community is coming together to help him in his time of need. We wish him the best of luck in his recovery and hope he can continue to run his beloved candy store for many years to come.