By David Brand
A Maspeth man and a Jackson Heights woman both appeared in Queens Criminal Court Monday on charges of attacking law enforcement officers.
Edward Wysk, 55, is charged with assault on a police or peace officer and related assault charges for allegedly grabbing a Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) employee and later injuring two police officers who visited his Maspeth property to issue a work stoppage order on Jan. 23, 2018. He pleaded not guilty at his Queens Supreme Court before Justice Barry Kron on Monday.
Wysk allegedly struck an NYPD Officer in the forehead with an object he threw from his doorway, according to the criminal complaint. The officer was taken to a local hospital where he received five stitches to mend the wound.
When another officer attempted to arrest Wysk, Wysk flailed his arms and forced the officer to slam his arm into a metal scaffolding, according to the criminal complaint. The officer was also treated at a local hospital for bruising and swelling to his arm.
Wysk told officers that he was told the DEP employee was at his home to issue the stop work order and hurried back from a trip to Home Depot, the criminal complaint states. Wysk said he became angry and did not trust the DEP employee’s credentials.
Wysk was order to return back to court on April 4.
Jackson Heights resident Elizabeth Grant also returned to court on charges related to an alleged assault on a parole officer on Monday.
In March 2018, Grant was convicted of 108 of animal cruelty for housing sick and malnourished pets in her home. She was sentenced to three years probation and allegedly attacked her probation officer during a routine visit in September 2018.
Grant yelled homophobic slurs at the probation officer, according to the criminal complaint.
Grant then pushed the probation officer down a short set of stairs and caused “substantial pain,” according to the criminal complaint.
Grant was arraigned on a top charge of second-degree assault on a peace or police officer, fireman or emergency medical services professional and assault as a hate crime in addition to other charges. Her attorney pleaded not guilty on her behalf before Judge Stephanie Zaro on Monday.