By Maria Rocha-Buschel
Police arrested a man for an assault in Kips Bay last week and later charged him in connection with an assault that took place in Madison Square Park last year.
James Beard, 31, allegedly assaulted a man at the corner of Second Avenue and East 25th Street on Monday, February 18 at 2:36 p.m.
The victim told police that he was walking north on Second Avenue between East 24th and 25th Streets on Monday when he got into an argument with Beard, at which point Beard allegedly punched him in the face, causing redness and pain.
Police said that Beard repeatedly said that his name was Jaquan Thomas despite multiple warnings, and was also charged with impersonation, as well as harassment.
After Beard was arrested, police connected him to a previous robbery that took place in Madison Square Park on October 21, 2018, at 10:45 p.m.
Police said that Beard and 25-year-old Harold Smith, who was arrested on the day of the incident, attempted to rob a man who was walking in the park. Beard and Smith allegedly approached him and asked for money and his phone.
Police said that one of the men then punched the victim in the face and they went into his pockets, allegedly stealing his phone and wallet.
An attorney for Beard could not be reached for comment by T&V’s press time.