1 Man Arrested, Charged In Alleged Hate Crime Against Central Park Jogger
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Police say one man has been arrested and charged for an alleged assault on a jogger in Central Park on August 18.
Morningside Heights man Edward J. Fall, 20, was charged with assault, reckless endangerment and criminal possession of a weapon as part of a hate crime, according to police.
Police say due to further investigation, Fall has been charged with another similar assault where a 34-year-old jogger was hit in the head with a pellet gun near Central Park North and East Drive. He faces the same charges of assault, reckless endangerment and criminal possession of a weapon. That incident occurred on Sunday, August 17 around 9:05 p.m., according to police.
As WCBS 880’s Jim Smith reported earlier Saturday, two men were being questioned by police and a third suspect is being sought.
The NYPD Hate Crime Task Force is investigating the incident as a possible hate crime after police say the woman was shot in the back of the head with a BB gun while exiting the park near 60th Street and West Drive around midnight.
“I immediately put my hand to the back of my head and there was blood everywhere and I turned around and I said, ‘What are you doing? What are you doing? What did you do to me?'” the woman told CBS 2’s Don Champion said.
What they said to her next, she says, was a mix of expletives, and “white people should die.”
Police say the investigation is ongoing.
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