By Carol Tannenhauser
Juan Garcia, 24, of the Bronx was arrested Saturday and charged with the assault of an unidentified, 55-year-old woman who was walking on the popular path around the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir in Central Park, on April 6th.
Garcia had attempted to engage the woman in conversation and, when she ignored him, allegedly dragged her off the path and banged her head against a tree multiple times, the police report said. She was taken to the hospital and treated for cuts and bruises to her face.
“Police used surveillance video to track the suspect as he bicycled out of the park and headed to the E. 86th St. and Lexington Ave. subway station,” an NYPD source told the Daily News. A sketch was made from the video, which was published on a wanted poster. “A Brooklyn cop recognized Garcia’s face in the poster [as a man] he had arrested in East New York for snatching a bottle of liquor.”
A judge ordered Garcia held on $50,000 cash or $100,000 bond.