Assault

The People of the State of New York v. Louis McDowell, 01 January 1922 (Case 3077)
Arthur Johnson, a broker from Cincinnati, testifies that he had come to New York with his wife on October 13, 1921, to see the final game of the baseball World Series at the Polo Grounds. They had met friends for dinner that evening at the Hotel Bristol on 48th Street. Johnson had stepped away to go to the bathroom in the basement when an unknown assailant attacked him with a wrench iron. Johnson fought back, seized the wrench, and beat his attacker about the head. George Ferguson, a police officer, arrived a few minutes later. An ambulance subsequently appeared to take the second man, Louis McDowell, to Bellevue Hospital. The defendant, McDowell, testifies that he had dined that evening at a nearby restaurant. He had entered the Hotel Bristol to use the bathroom when an unknown person had attacked him with a wrench. McDowell admitted, on direct examination, that he had previously been convicted three times for grand larceny. The jury, after retiring for twenty minutes, found McDowell guilty of assault in the first degree and the judge sentenced him to a term of five years in the state prison.
The People of the State of New York v. Gaspare Amico, 18 May 1910 (Case 1167)
Tony Merlino testifies that someone stabbed him in the back, near his collar bone, with a sharp iron outside his lodging at 530 East 39th Street on April 25, 1910. John Cronin, a neighbor, says that he helped Merlino after the assault; but Cronin cannot positively identify the defendant as the assailant. Edward McDonald, a police officer, states that he arrested the defendant in the cellar of a nearby building and took him to the Police Court the next day. The defendant, Gaspare Amico, testifies that someone struck him on the arm during a fight on East 39th Street but denies that he had attacked the complainant. The judge, Thomas O'Sullivan, directs the jury to acquit the defendant and the jury finds Amico not guilty.
The People of the State of New York v. Francesco Purpura, 18 May 1910 (Case 1170)
Violet Perano, 14, testifies that on August 5, 1909, she went with a friend, Lena Skenelli, to 80 Catharine Street, to a shoe repair shop, to retrieve her brother's shoes. The cobbler, Francesco Purpura, retrieved the shoes but demanded that she have sex with him, saying "First, give me a fuck", before returning the shoes. The witness states that she went with Purpura to the rear of the store where he penetrated her. Lena Skenelli testifies that she had accompanied the complainant to the store and had heard the defendant demand sex. A partition, consisting of wooden boards and a green curtain, separated the front and rear halves of the store but Skenelli had peeped past the curtain, witnessing Purpura lying on top of her companion. Vincent Pizarro, an officer of the Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Children, testifies that he took Violet Perano into care on April 13, 1910 and arrested the defendant two days later. Ralph Miceli, a police officer, states that he took the defendant to police headquarters after the arrest. He testifies that the defendant claimed in conversation that Perano was a prostitute, saying that "everybody is fucking her." Francesco Purpura, speaking in Italian through an interpreter, denies that he had ever seen either girl in his shop and denies the remarks attributed to him by other witnesses. The jury renders a verdict of guilty of rape in the second degree. There is no record of sentencing.
The People of the State of New York v. Joseph A. Bennis, 24 April 1911 (Case 1358)
Joseph Bennis, 19, a sheet metal worker, appears as a witness in his own behalf and testifies that, on Saturday, March 11, he had met an acquaintance, John Casey, in a saloon. Casey, according to Bennis, had been intoxicated and had threatened to shoot him. There had been a fight; the gun had fallen to the floor; and Bennis had taken the gun from Casey. The next day, Bennis, intending to return the gun, had met Casey's brother, Joseph, on 39th Street. There had been an altercation between the two men and Bennis, thinking that Joseph Casey was reaching for his gun, had fired one shot. Joseph Casey, 22, testifies that Bennis's shot had grazed his knee. He had made a police report at the 37th Street station house and a detective, Daniel J. Reilly, had arrested Bennis shortly afterwards. John Casey, 25, also appearing as a witness, states that he has never owned a gun. The defendant, Bennis, admits on cross-examination that he had a previous conviction for grand larceny for which he had served time in Elmira Reformatory. He also admits that he had previously pleaded guilty in the Court of Special Sessions on a charge of carrying a concealed weapon, the same gun that he had used to shoot Joseph Casey. There is no record of a verdict.
The People of the State of New York v. Charles Brown, 24 April 1911 (Case 1359)
The People v. Edward Dooley indicted with Christopher Woods, 16 October 1913 (Case 1767)
The People v. Frank Maestry alias Frank Miller and John Napolitano, 03 August 1915 (Case 2094)
The People v. Frank Maestry alias Frank Miller and John Napolitano, 11 August 1915 (Case 2096)
The People of the State of New York v. Louis Raffo, 09 September 1915 (Case 2099)
The People of the State of New York v. Istvoni Ronay, 18 January 1910 (Case 1084)

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