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Police Blotter: Sword Play, Tossed Baby and Meat Cleaver Menacing

During an altercation on John Street, a 19-year-old man injured his baby’s mother and her mom and dad.

Assault/Endangering Welfare of a Child: On Tuesday evening, New Rochelle Police responded to a family dispute in a John Street apartment. Brooklyn resident Tom Lopez, 19, was staying with his baby’s 15-year-old mother’s parents when he attacked the girl’s father.

Captain Joseph Schaller said Lopez allegedly punched the 45-year-old man and knocked him to the ground. When the girl’s mother attempted to break up the fight, Lopez allegedly took the sword off the wall and threatened the father and knocked him down a second time. Again the mother tried to pull him away. He swung around with the sword and allegedly cut her arm causing a 3-inch laceration to her left elbow.

Finally Lopez left and was being chased out of the residence by the girl’s mother when police arrived. The mother was yelling, “That’s him! Get him!”

He turned around and ran out the back door. New Rochelle Police chased and ultimately arrested him a short distance away at the intersection of Allard Avenue and Main Street.

A neighbor told police, a short time before, Lopez was yelling at children while holding a 1-month-old infant by the wrist. He allegedly threw the baby into the air. A woman close by lunged and caught the infant boy. Child Protective Services was notified of the incident.

No one received medical attention but beside the mother's injury, the father had pain in his head, back, neck, left arm and right leg. The baby was not harmed.

Lopez was charged with second-degree assault using a weapon, a felony; third-degree assault, criminal possession of a weapon, second-degree menacing with a weapon, resisting arrest and endangering the welfare of a child,  misdemeanors, and second-degree harassment, a violation.

Fire: New Rochelle Fire Department responded to a call of smoke on the fourth floor of a Pelham Road apartment at 8:38 p.m. on April 2.

The fire was already out when the firefighters arrived but the resident, a 50-year-old woman in a wheel chair, was still inside and appeared to be disoriented, said Fire Chief Louis DiMeglio.

The Fire Department determined paper towels burning on the stove in the kitchen were the origin of the fire. Chief DiMeglio said previous fires were set and extinguished in the bedroom and bathroom of the residence.

Firefighters safely brought the woman out of the apartment.

Menacing: New Rochelle Police responded to a family dispute in a 5th Street apartment on April 3. Fay Singh, 40, allegedly threatened her daughter with a meat cleaver. Singh was arrested and charged with second-degree menacing, a misdemeanor and criminal possession of a weapon with intent to use, a misdemeanor.

Burglary: Sometime between 5:30 p.m. on April 2 and 6:47 p.m. on April 3, a Nintendo Wii valued at $200 along with $500 worth of games were missing from a Locust Avenue apartment. Police say there were no signs of forced entry.

newrochellesouth April 05, 2012 at 04:10 AM
Why isn't this a case of statutory rape?
Theresa Kump Leghorn April 05, 2012 at 12:40 PM
I agree: If the mother of the baby is 15, she may have been 14 when she got pregnant. Isn't that illegal?
Tyrone Galimore April 05, 2012 at 02:36 PM
If child protective services are involved now, I agree, why is this not a case of statutory rape? It sounds like the family is afraid of the young man, so please help them now that this Situation is in the open, before he kills one of them.

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