2005-05-13 / Front Page

Nailed Twice: Hammered Man, Hit Woman

A violent Rockaway man was arrested twice last week when a disagreement over money turned ugly, police said.

George R. Catalano, 22, was arrested May 2 after he allegedly chased David Lanci with a hammer and then bashed him in the head. Court records say Catalano, of 197 Beach 122 Street, threatened to kill Lanci as he chased him.

Catalano was arrested and charged with assault, menacing and harassment. He was arraigned in Queens Criminal Court and released on his own recognizance May 4.

Later that day, Catalano went to an apartment at 107-10 Shore Front Parkway and got into heated argument with a woman. He is accused of pushing her over a couch and punching and slapping her in the face, according to court records. The woman was left bruised and swollen with pain in her abdomen, police said.

Catalano was rearrested and charged with assault and harassment. Bail was set at $1,000 bond and $500 cash at his arraignment the next day.

The spate of arrests could spell even more trouble for Catalano, who was arrested in February when a cop spotted him driving at night without working headlights. The officer subsequently discovered that his license had been suspended about two weeks before.

That incident brought a charge of aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and an equipment violation. A judge adjourned that case in contemplation of dismissal – the charges would have been dismissed if he kept out of trouble until August 2005. A spokeswoman for Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown said an assistant district attorney would review those charges in light of last week’s arrests.

Catalano could not be reached for comment.

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