An anti-crime team from the 48th Precinct recognized the 19-year-old suspect on Wednesday from a photo and cuffed him, sources said. He was being questioned at the 42nd Precinct in Morrisania early Thursday morning.
The shocking attack on May 1 left Charles McLennon, 71, bleeding and barely conscious on a Morrisania street. McLennon was walking back to work after a break at about 2:20 p.m. when, without warning, he was struck from behind with an unknown object on Third Ave. near E. 167th St., cops said.
Police sources identified the suspect as Tyekeem Wright, and said he has an extensive criminal record that includes robbery and assault. Sources said he asked to speak with a lawyer, and that he has not yet been charged in the attack.
McLennon told The News he hadn’t heard that a person was being questioned.[More New York] Cops arrest suspect in gang assault of off-duty firefighter »
When he was attacked, McLennon fell to the ground, but the assailant, who wore Nike sweatpants with the words “Just do it” in large white letters on one leg, kept beating him.
“There was blood all over my eyes,” he told the Daily News Sunday. “I was in such a daze.”RELATED GALLERY
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The brute ran off without taking anything, and McLennon called 911. Medics took him to Lincoln Hospital, where doctors stitched cuts above and below his left eye.[More New York] Cops arrest suspect in gang assault of off-duty firefighter »
Over the weekend, police released a photo of the suspect sitting on a milk crate that was taken by a nearby surveillance camera.
McLennon told The News that he couldn’t understand why anyone would attack him. He has since returned to his job at SuperTrans Bus Company, where he has worked since 2002.