Thursday, June 30, 2011
Williamsburg: Man Hits Grandpa With Wooden Shelf Over Parking-Space Feud
A 57-year-old grandfather was whacked with a wooden shelf in a bloody battle over a parking space in Brooklyn, police said.
Rabbi Mordechai Stern said he was backing his Toyota minivan into the coveted space on the corner of Bedford Ave. and Wilson St. on Tuesday when a strange man started banging on his rear window with the wooden weapon.
"I came out of my car. I asked him, 'Why are you hitting my car?'" Stern recalled. "The answer - a knock on the head. He hit me twice - and just walked off."
Witnesses called the Williamsburg Shomrim patrol.
"They followed the guy around the corner and held him until the police came," Stern said.
Dwight Chaparro, 29, was charged with felony assault, menacing, criminal mischief and criminal possession of a weapon. Chaparro, who couldn't be reached yesterday, lives at Independence Towers - a housing development across from the parking space.
Stern's upper chest was cut in the fracas, leaving him with a bloodstained shirt attached to his tzitzit, a religious undergarment.