PEP officers haul away Charles Graham, 51 of Brooklyn who allegedly slashed two people with a broken bottle. Two hours earlier the assailant allegedly punched a park worker in the face.
Two people were stabbed and a park worker was assaulted in two separate incidents yesterday in Washington Square Park. Charles Graham, 51 from Brooklyn allegedly removed a broken bottle from a sock and slashed two males, ages 22, and 27 in a dispute according to an NYPD source. The incident occurred at approximately 1:15 at Washington SQ. NO. & 5th Avenue. The perpetrator fled the scene.
The victims were transported to Bellevue Hospital in stable condition.
NYPD and multiple PEP units responded. Mr. Graham was apprehended by two PEP Sgt.'s who turned the arrest over to NYPD due to staffing commitments at the Black Eyed Peas concert in Central Park.
Mr. Graham was charged with two counts of felony assault and one count of criminal possession of a weapon. (The arrest and hand over to the police was posted on You Tube)
Mr. Graham was the same individual who allegedly assaulted a Maintenance and Operation Parks Department (JTP) worker two hours earlier in the park.
While the worker was cleaning the park at Thompson St & Washington SQ South at approx. 11:00am, the assailant claimed the JTP removed his belongings and then hit the parks worker in the face and fled the scene. NYPD responded & canvassed area with negative results. NYPD filed a harassment report for the JTP.
Two weeks ago a known methadone addict was robbed and hit in the face with a bottle in the park. The victim spent two days in the hospital and received 27 stitches according to enforcement personnel.
– Geoffrey Croft