Lana Rosas, 25, was holding a parking spot for her boyfriend between two parked cars outside 520 E. 14th St. at 11:40 p.m. last Friday when Oscar Fuller drove up in a silver minivan.
A 35-year-old electrician named Oscar Fuller — whose prior busts include weapons possession and felony assault — jumped out and started screaming at Rosas when she claimed she was holding the space, police sources said.
Fuller then “punched [her] in the face with so much force that the woman flew off her feet,” according to court papers.
“She was on a date with the man she loves, and this horrific thing happen to her,” her mother said.
The victim’s uncle, Mark Rosas, fumed, “We have idiots out here who try to take matters into their own hands . . . Animals like that need to be caged up.”
A police source added, “The victim suffered permanent brain damage. It’s uncertain whether or not she will survive her injuries.”
35-year-old Fuller fled the scene, but police were able to get his license plate number and a description from witnesses. He was arrested at his home in Jamaica, Queens and later picked out of a lineup as the perpetrator of the attack. He is being charged with felony assault and is in custody at the Manhattan Detention Center on $100,000 bail.
“I would never intend to physically hurt a woman,” he said in a statement through his lawyer, Thomas Kenniff.
“If there is anything I could do to strengthen her recovery, I would do it.”
The lawyer accused Rosas of starting the fight and insists surveillance video shows her throwing the first punch.
“She hit him in the face,” Kenniff said. “My client has the injuries to prove it.”
But a police source said Fuller admitted to punching a woman at the scene.
Rosas’ mother was outraged he would blame her daughter.
“So she was the aggressor? Really?” she asked. “She’s 4-foot-11. How is she the aggressor?
“It doesn’t matter what she said to him or what he said back. He hit her twice, and he hit her hard enough to shake her brain and make it blow up.”
Rosas remains at Bellevue Hospital, where doctors had opened her skull to relieve pressure on her brain.
At her Clinton Avenue apartment in the Tremont section, where she lives alone, the super described Rosas as a tiny beauty who weighs about 100 pounds.
Despite Fuller’s extensive arrest record dating to 1994, his lawyer and neighbors described him as a helpful family man.
“He is a beautiful father of a 4-year-old son and a 10-year-old daughter,” Kenniff said. “He’s a churchgoing man.”
SMH… He must have missed all the sermons about loving thy neighbor as thyself.
This is just tragic. Permanent brain damage sounds like a grim prognosis — and over a damn parking space? It ain’t that serious people. We’re hoping Lana fully recovers.