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New York man taken into custody after alleged crosswalk assault

According to reports, a man was taken into custody on Dec. 15 after allegedly attacking another individual with a knife in Greenwich Village. Police say the situation began when the accused, a 67-year-old male, became upset over a car blocking the crosswalk at an intersection. Reports indicate that the man approached the car and began yelling at the driver, a 37-year-old male, about blocking the crosswalk.

Reports show that the incident occurred around 10:30 p.m. at the intersection of East 10th Street and University Place. Once the pedestrian confronted the driver, reports say that the driver stepped out of his vehicle. It was at this point that police allege that the defendant went at the driver with a knife and poked him in the stomach. The driver was not seriously injured and refused medical attention when authorities arrived.

Police allege that after the altercation, the 67-year-old man fled the scene. When police arrived, they found the suspect inside of a building on East 10th Street near the location of the alleged attack. The man was charged with criminal possession of a weapon and assault. It is unclear if the man has a criminal history.

Assault charges can lead to hefty penalties in The Empire State, but weapons crimes often carry even steeper consequences upon conviction. Those accused of these types of serious crimes may find that it is in their best interest to consult with a legal professional. A criminal defense attorney may question the validity of eyewitness accounts and attempt to have charges reduced or dropped, especially if the accused is a first-time offender.

Source: DNAinfo New York, "Man Stabs Driver for Blocking Crosswalk in Village, Police Say", Danielle Tcholakian, December 29, 2014

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