S.I. woman, 63, sav­agely at­tacked by men­tally ill man

New York Daily News - - NEWS - BY GRA­HAM RAYMAN

A Staten Is­land woman bodys­lammed and dragged un­con­scious by a men­tally ill home­less man says it was the worst thing that’s even hap­pened to her in her 63 years.

The woman, who re­quested her name not be used, was on her way to buy gro­ceries Mon­day for her 94-yearold father when Eric Cole­man, 55, crept up be­hind her just be­fore 7 a.m. on New Dorp Lane near Claw­son Ave. in New Dorp.

With­out say­ing a word, Cole­man body-slammed her to the ground and broke her glasses. She lost con­scious­ness. He then grabbed one of her legs, awk­wardly flipped her over and dragged her down the street, ac­cord­ing to shock­ing video.

As Cole­man stood over her un­con­scious form, a good Sa­mar­i­tan called 911. Po­lice of­fi­cers came and ar­rested him.

“I re­mem­ber wak­ing up in the hospi­tal, and they said I was as­saulted,” she said.

She suf­fered bro­ken ribs, a hurt shoul­der, and she had bleed­ing in the brain. The drag­ging scraped the skin off of her back. Her face is so blackand-blue she com­pared it to the first “Rocky” movie.

“He would have left me on the street to die if he could have,” she said. “It’s the worst thing that ever hap­pened to me.”

The woman, a re­tired med­i­cal lab tech­ni­cian, said she’s con­sid­er­ing be­com­ing an ac­tivist on home­less is­sues.

“I want help get the home­less off the streets so they can’t do some­thing like this,” she said. “I don’t want this to hap­pen to any­one else. It was hor­ri­ble. If they let him out, he’s go­ing to do this to some­one else.”

Cole­man was ar­raigned on a mis­de­meanor as­sault charge and ha­rass­ment.

Cole­man has 19 prior ar­rests, in­clud­ing a crack pos­ses­sion charge from Feb. 14.

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