NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A man wanted in connection with a mace attack in a Bronx laundromat, turned himself in to police on Monday night.
Fernando Gonzalez, 27, has been charged with assault.
Authorities said on Saturday around 6 p.m., the suspect entered the Giant Laundromat at 4825 White Plains Road.
The Gonzalez, assaulted the victim and his 6-year-old daughter then sprayed them with mace, police said.
A worker at the laundromat told 1010 WINS’ Sonia Rincon she recognizes Gonzalez’ face from the surveillance video and said he is a regular.
“He’s coming every week so. The guy is very quiet so I don’t know what happened, the worker said.
A witness said that Gonzalez mistook the victim, Derick Dunn, for someone who called his wife an expletive in an argument over a laundry cart.
“He just comes in and starts swinging, hitting me, and I tried to defend myself,” Dunn told CBS 2’s Dick Brennan.
Dunn had gotten into an argument with a woman over a laundry basket. The woman apparently called her husband and told him that Dunn had cursed at her.
“He comes in and says ‘you called my wife a (expletive),’ and that’s when he started to fight,” said a witness who asked to remain nameless.
Anyone with information in regards to this assault is asked to call Crime stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime stoppers website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577
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