A 57-year-old Downing Street man was arrested and his pickup truck was impounded about 6:30 a.m. Thursday for allegedly trying to run down a Porter Avenue man and digging up grass in Front Park shortly after an angry confrontation with a woman in a nearby apartment building.
Edward Wheeler was charged with two counts of second-degree assault, reckless endangerment, petit larceny, criminal mischief, weapons possession, aggravated harassment and menacing.
Police reported he was beating up a woman in a Porter Avenue apartment building but she managed to call a neighbor for help. When the neighbor arrived at the woman’s flat, Wheeler is accused of hitting him in the face with “a large metal object” and chasing him out of the building brandishing what he told the man was a handgun. Police later found that it was a plastic BB gun.
When the man ran into Front Park, Wheeler allegedly got in his own pick-up truck and drove into the park, nearly striking the man who police said dived out of the way.
Wheeler was tracked down to his home and taken into custody there.