Suspect Arrested for Throwing Brick at Man’s Head in Boro Park

By Reuvain Borchardt

Suspect Michael Howard, far left, is placed under arrest.

BORO PARK — A suspect has been arrested for allegedly throwing a brick at another man in Boro Park, striking him in the head, just weeks after being arrested for slapping a man on the head a block away.

Around 11:30 p.m. Sunday night, a man came to his parked car on 12th  Avenue between Chester Avenue and 36th Street Street (Martense Lane) when he noticed that his vehicle and one next to his had smashed windows. 

He called Boro Park Shomrim, which began gathering video footage from homes in the area, as well as canvassing the nearby streets. 

Shomrim members soon spotted a man walking with a brick, and called the NYPD. But police advised them that since there was no proof that the individual was responsible for the vandalism, it was best to maintain a visual and see if he smashed anymore windows.

Shortly thereafter, with Shomrim members following him in their cars, the man indeed threw the brick — not at a vehicle window, but at the head of a 44-year-old man passing him on the street. The victim suffered minor injuries and was transported by EMS to the hospital.

The suspect, Michael Howard of White Plains, New York, was charged with assault.

According to Shomrim, Howard is the same perpetrator who was arrested Feb. 13 for allegedly slapping a man on the head, knocking off his hat, on the corner of 36th Street and Minna Street, a block from where he committed his crimes Sunday night.

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