The teenager charged with fighting police officers during an assault investigation has had his case forwarded to the grand jury.
Joel A. Atkins, 17, of 805 Croton St., appeared for a felony exam in City Court this week on two counts of felony second-degree assault and one count each of criminal possession of a weapon, resisting arrest, second-degree obstruction of a governmental administration and second-degree harassment. Court officials said Atkins’ case was forward to the grand jury for a possible indictment. Court officials added that Atkins has two other ongoing City Court cases, including one for marijuana possession, and he’s scheduled to reappear in court for those separate cases on Sept. 23.
Police said an adult male was attacked by five or six other men while he was walking alone on St. Peter’s Avenue shortly before 10 p.m. Aug. 14. Police said the victim was able to provide some clothing descriptions of his attackers, and two men were stopped nearby after they were spotted trying to flee the scene.
While officers spoke to these two men, they said one of them, Atkins, attempted to shove past the officers and run away. Authorities said Atkins fought against the officers when they grabbed him, injuring two officers.
Once he was in custody, authorities said Atkins was found with an unloaded handgun and a magazine. The weapon was not used during either fight. Police said the investigation is continuing into the earlier attack on St. Peter’s Avenue.