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.