Wall Street Trader Quintano Downes Beat Up Fitness Model Sahara Walsh After Demanding a Ride Home – Court Papers.
A New York City woman says a hedge fund guy, whom she never laid eyes on before, jumped into the back of her vehicle and demanded that she takes him home, and when she refused, he punched her in the stomach.
Sahara Walsh, 29, a physical fitness model, is suing a Wall Street trader for $100,000, claiming he beat her up in April after she objected when he jumped into the back seat of her car with an open plate of food and demanded to be driven home at 3:50 am.
Sahara Walsh, 29, says Quintano Downes jumped into the backseat of the car at 3:50 a.m. on April 28 and demanded a ride.
When Walsh and her friend refused, Downes allegedly lost it.
Downes, 46, punched her, dragged her out of the car by her hair, stomped her on the sidewalk, ripped off her blouse exposing her breast, called her a bitch and dragged her down the street, causing her to lose her shoes, court papers allege.
Walsh filed a $100,000 lawsuit in Manhattan Supreme Court on Tuesday.
Walsh could not be reached for comment, but her mother, Lynn Walsh, slammed Downes, who is a managing director at Kipling Jones on Wall Street, as part of Harlem’s “entitled, new rich elite.” She praised her daughter’s courage.
“This has really changed her life,” Walsh said of Sahara, who is out of town.
Walsh added that her daughter had never met Downes, but the driver of the car was a mutual friend.
She said the two women were sitting in the car chatting in front of her daughter’s Lenox Ave. building when the incident occurred.
Walsh said Downes lives in a townhouse two blocks from where the alleged assault took place at Lenox Ave. and W. 122nd St.
“His reaction was way over the top. It was irrational,” she said. “He’s an ex-Marine. She is a fitness expert but she weighs 98 pounds. He really had to take a 98-pound girl and mop the sidewalk with her?”
After the alleged assault, Downes walked toward his home.
Walsh said her barefoot, bleeding, hysterical daughter limped after Downes for several blocks screaming, “Please! Stop this man!!”
Downes was arrested after a man who witnessed the attack called 911, according to Walsh’s lawyer, Edgar DeLeon.
Downes was released without bail after being charged with assault and harassment.
“The things that she is saying are absolutely not true,” said Downes, who referred further questions to his attorney.
Downes and his wife spent $1.95 million on their Harlem brownstone, a five-bedroom house around the corner on West 120th Street. His bio on the Kipling Jones website says he has more than 15 years experience in the brokerage business.
Before their building was renovated, “it was a crack house and the basement level was a gambling spot,” Downes’ wife, Melody Rollins Downes told the Times. “But now, this whole block has been transformed and there is really a great vibe up here.”
He is due back in Manhattan Criminal Court next month.