BY THE VILLAGE SUN | An arrest has been made in a recent attack on Will Morrison, the administrator of Washington Square Park.
According to police, Morrison, 31, was in the park’s southwest corner on Fri., July 25, around 1:20 p.m., when an older man approached him and put a hand or hands around his neck.
Charles McCoy, 64, of the Bronx was arrested for assault and criminal obstruction of breathing.
In an exclusive, The Village Sun last week reported that Morrison’s arm was injured in an attack in the park around two and a half weeks ago when he was said to have been jumped while videoing “illegal activity.” The word going around then was that the young park leader had suffered a broken arm. According to one source, the assault happened on the park’s east side by the Garibaldi statue.
Last week, though, the Parks Department was providing minimal information and the police were not commenting on the matter, instead referring questions to Parks.
Once an arrest was made, however, the incident was logged into the Police Department’s system and a police spokesperson was able to provide at least some information.
In addition, The Village Sun has since learned that Morrison suffered not a broken arm but a fractured elbow. It was not immediately clear, though, if McCoy’s alleged choking of Morrison happened before or after Morrison’s elbow was fractured, or if McCoy or other suspects were involved in causing the fracture.
McCoy has been released from custody. A court date has been set for Sept. 5, during which Morrison reportedly will seek an order of protection.
According to an e-mail The Village Sun was shown, Morrison confirmed that “the story is true — that he was attacked while recording illegal activity in the park but that the attack left him with a fracture in his elbow, not a broken arm.”
Meanwhile, Morrison is on the mend. As of late last week while on vacation, he was able to stop wearing a sling on his injured limb.
In an e-mail that was shared with the Sun, Morrison said, “I remain undaunted in my service to the park.”
The question remains, as one local activist put it, “why both the Parks Department and N.Y.P.D. were so hushed up about it, since it’s encouraging to note they were on the case and got the perp.”