By Maria Rocha-Buschel
Police arrested a mailman for assault in the East Village on Saturday at 3 p.m. after he kicked a door at the East 14th marijuana dispensary and allegedly hit an officer when police tracked him down nearby.
Thirty-year-old Daniel Jean was attempting to deliver mail to the Columbia Care Medical Marijuana Dispensary at 212 East 14th Street around 2 p.m., Gothamist reported on Sunday. Jean allegedly got into an argument with a security guard, who told him he wasn’t allowed in the building.
Police said that Jean and the guard got into an argument and the guard told him he could give her the mail but he allegedly refused. He left but returned shortly after and gave the mail to someone else, then left the dispensary again. He allegedly returned to the building a third time and kicked a door, prompting the security guard to call the police. The district attorney’s office said that the damage to the door and lock prevented the door from being able to open.
Officers caught up with Jean in front of 67 Third Avenue at East 11th Street and attempted to arrest him but he allegedly twisted and flailed his body to prevent being handcuffed. During the struggle, he reportedly caused a cut on the forehead of one officer and a minor injury to another officer’s hand, police said.
Jean was charged with assault, criminal mischief and resisting arrest. He was arraigned on Sunday and was released on his own recognizance. His next court date is on June 27 and his lawyer did not return a request for comment.