2006-06-16 / Community

Assault On Boardwalk Leaves Two Under Arrest

By Howard Schwach


The police car with a window allegedly kicked in by Enid Fernandez sits on the boardwalk.The police car with a window allegedly kicked in by Enid Fernandez sits on the boardwalk. An argument that began in the women's bathroom at Beach 116 Street and the Boardwalk at 2 p.m. on Tuesday reportedly turned ugly and turned into an assault that left two women under arrest and a police patrol car with a broken window.

Police say that Manhattan resident Tess Rabunovich, 22, who was spending the day on the beach, got into an argument with Enid Fernandez, 19, of the Bronx in the women's room under the boardwalk.

Shortly after Rabunovice left the bathroom, officials say, Fernandez and a friend, identified in court papers as Yvette Espinal, approached her on the boardwalk at Beach 120 Street and began punching her in the face.

When an auxiliary police officer from the 100 Precinct attempted to stop the assault, he was reportedly pushed away. In the altercation, the window of a responding NYPD patrol car was kicked in, reportedly by Fernandez.

Police say that a number of other onlookers got into the fray as well, taking the side of Fernandez and Espinal.

Fernandez, Espinal and three others were arrested by police at the scene.

According to a spokesperson for Queen District Attorney Richard Brown, Fernandez was arraigned on June 14 on charges of assault in the third degree and harassment in the second degree. She was released on her own recognizance for her next court date, which has been set for July 18. Espinal was given a desk appearance ticket and released.

olice say that the other three people who were taken into custody were questioned and released.

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