2010-01-01 / Top Stories

Bust Local In Summer Assault

Criminal Mischief Call Leads To Assault Arrest
By Nicholas Briano

A Far Rockaway man has been arrested for allegedly beating a man in Ozone Park in August, causing the victim’s jaw to be wired shut after a fight broke out between the two men, according to police.

Court reeords supplied by Queens District Attorney Richard Brown, Christopher Berrios, 18, exchanged words with the victim on Pitkin Avenue and 78th Street in South Ozone Park at approximately 10:00 p.m. on August 4.

That is when Berrios allegedly punched the victim repeatedly in the face causing substantial permanent damage to his jaw and sending him to the Jamaica Hospial Center’s trauma center.

Berrios fled the scene that night and eluded policein both the 101 Precint and the 102 Precinct until December 15, when he was arrested for criminal mischief in the vandalizing of two cars near the intersection of Beach 105 Street and Rockaway Beach Boulevard at around 2:15 a.m.

It was after the initial arrest that police records showed that he was wanted for the earlier assault and he was also charged for the alleged August assault.

Berrios, of 178 Beach 97 Street, was charged with second degree harassment and assault.

He could face up to seven years in prison if convicted of the top count of the indictment, according to a spokesperson for Queens District Attorney Richard Brown. He was released on $15,000 bond., and his next court date is set for later this month.

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