2009-11-06 / Top Stories

Hammered In Far Rockaway Assault

By Howard Schwach

The hammer attack took place on the corner of Beach 20 Street and Cornaga Avenue in Far Rockaway, not far from the 101 Precinct House. Police work at crime scene searching for clues to the assault. Photo by Susan Locke. The hammer attack took place on the corner of Beach 20 Street and Cornaga Avenue in Far Rockaway, not far from the 101 Precinct House. Police work at crime scene searching for clues to the assault. Photo by Susan Locke. A Far Rockaway man was assaulted and sent to the hospital with a broken jaw after another local with whom he was having an argument struck him with a hammer, police say.

According to court papers supplied by Queens District Attorney Richard Brown, Arnell Callwood and Jeffrey Wilkerson, both of Far Rockaway, were having an argument at the corner of Beach 20 Street and Cornaga Avenue at about 5:15 p.m. on October 29.

Eyewitnesses told The Wave that Callwood turned his back on Wilkerson, in an attempt to walk away, when Wilkerson came up behind him and a struggle ensued.

Wilkerson then began to strike Callwood with a hammer, witnesses say, striking him repeatedly in the face and the head.

Police officers Campbell and Chavatte, who are assigned to the community affairs and crime prevention units at the 101 Precinct, were exiting the nearby teen library when they heard a commotion and saw Callwood go down, bleeding from the head.

They called for backup and gave chase.

The two officers chased Wilkerson through backyards and down Far Rock away streets, until they finally ran him down.

Police recovered the bloody hammer at the scene.

Callwood was transported to St. John's Episcopal Hospital in Far Rockaway, where he was treated for a fractured jaw and an injured right hand.

Sources say that his jaw was wired together and that he remains in the hospital in stable condition.

Court sources say that Wilkerson was arraigned on Monday on charges of assault and criminal possession of a weapon.

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