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The incident occurred after a City Department of Environmental Protection agent attempted to issue a work stoppage order for construction at Wysk’s house on Maspeth Avenue.
By Forum Staff
A Brooklyn man has been charged with assaulting two NYPD officers and a City Department of Environmental Protection (“DEP”) agent last week at the Maspeth, home he owns and was renovating. The incident occurred when police attempted to arrest the man after he had assaulted the DEP agent.
The defendant is identified as Edward Wysk, 51, of 241 Monitor Street, Brooklyn who was arraigned before Queens Criminal Court Judge Karen Gopee on charges of assault on a peace or police officer, second- and third-degree assault, fourth-degree criminal mischief, second-degree obstructing governmental administration, resisting arrest and second degree harassment.
Wysk, was ordered held on $10,000 bail and to return to court on February 7, 2018. According to the charges, DEP Agent Michael Lateef, attempted to issue a work stoppage order for construction at Wysk’s house at 58-91 Maspeth Avenue house at approximately 12:30 p.m., on January 23, 2018, for lacking the proper asbestos reports. A verbal dispute ensued and Wysk ripped up the stop work order and threw the agent’s credentials to the ground. When Agent Lateef attempted to call the police, Wysk grabbed his cell phone and threw it against a wall, breaking it. Wysk then allegedly grabbed the agent by his arm and shirt.
When the police arrived, PO Matthew Portoles approached Wysk to place him under arrest, and Wysk ran inside of the house.
Then when Officers Portoles and Randy Paulsaint attempted to enter the home, an object, thrown from inside, crashed through the window of the door striking P.O. Paulsaint in the forehead. Officer Paulsaint was removed to a local Queens hospital where he was treated for a deep laceration that required five stitches and a concussion. When Police Officer Portoles attempted to place Wysk under arrest he resisted and caused Officer Portoles’s arm to strike a metal scaffolding, causing bruising and swelling. Officer Portoles was also taken to the hospital for treatment of his injuries.
Wysk admitted that he was involved in an argument with the DEP agent because he didn’t trust his credentials and that he told him to call 911. He also admitted to breaking the agent’s mobile phone and said, when I saw the cuffs come out I ran into the house and up the stairs, pushing things out of the way, like two by fours and a fire extinguisher, and I think it may have hit the officer.
Wysk faces up to 15 years in prison if convicted.