Maspeth Parking Fight Turns Bloody

Brooklyn Man Busted For Slicing Up Foe

What started as a parking dispute on a Maspeth street ended violently last Wednesday morning, Oct. 29, when a Brooklyn man repeatedly slashed his foe, police reported.

Law enforcement sources said the suspect-Heriberto Zapata, 55, of Calyer Street in Greenpoint-was picked up later that day on assault charges.

Reportedly, the violence occurred at about 9:30 a.m. last Wednesday on 69th Place near Grand Avenue.

According to information provided by the Queens District Attorney’s office, Zapata got into an argument with a male driver who attempted to park in a spot that the suspect allegedly held for a relative.

Police said the dispute turned physical when Zapata allegedly pulled out a gravity knife and began swinging it at the other man. Reportedly, he made contact and slashed his rival in the forehead and hand, then fled the scene.

Officers from the 104th Precinct responded to the incident. The injured man was brought to a local hospital and received numerous stitches to close his wounds.

Police reportedly caught up to Zapata later that afternoon and found in his possession the knife allegedly used in the attack.

Det. Jason Houlihan of the 104th Precinct Detective Squad took Zapata into custody on charges of second-degree assault and criminal possession of a weapon, it was noted.

According to court records, Zapata was released without bail following arraignment last Wednesday before Judge Gia Morris. He is scheduled to return to court on Dec. 8.

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