By Geoffrey Croft
A homeless man with an active criminal past violently attacked another homeless man with a pipe in Flushing Meadows Corona Park NYC Park Advocates has learned.
Jose Gomez, 40, attacked and struck a fellow homeless man 47, with a metal pipe, hitting the man in the right eye, police said.
The incident occurred inside Flushing Meadows Corona Park at 11 am. on July 14th outside the Ederle men's bathroom near 48th Avenue and 111th Street. Police responded to a report of an assault and found Gomez after canvassing the park.
Police recovered the metal pipe.
The victim was taken to Elmhurst where he was treated for a facial injury.
Gomez was arrested and charged with assault, weapons possession and disorderly conduct. He was arraigned on the 14th on $1,000 bond/$500 cash. An order of protection was also issued. He is due back in court on September 23th.
Gomez had three open warrants at the times of his arrest.
The incident occurred while Gomez was awaiting sentencing for another area crime.
On April 10th Gomez was arrested for stealing side view mirrors and hubcaps from numerous cars including a Lexus and BMW.
Police caught up to Gomez and a colleague, Vincenti Cornelio, 26, pushing a shopping cart full of stolen items near 102-40 62 Avenue at 3:00 a.m. Eight hubcaps and ten side view mirrors were recovered. Police also recovered a knife and screwdrivers.
Gomez was charged with six counts of auto stripping, six counts of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, six counts of criminal possession of stolen property and one court of possession of burglars tools.
He was arraigned on April 10th on $4, 000 bond and $1, 500 cash. He didn't make bail but pleaded guilty on April 24th and was released. He is scheduled to be sentenced on July 30th.
On April 4th Gomez and colleague Salazar German, 31, were arrested for stealing an air conditioner from a house on 110th street, two blocks away from the Flushing Meadows Corona Park park near Forest Hills High School in the 112 Pct. He was charged with petit larceny, criminal trespass and possession of stolen property.
He has also been summoned several times for public drinking.