Man Convicted of Misdemeanor Assault Over Parking Spot

A jury convicted a 35-year-old electrician from Queens today of punching a woman in the face and leaving her in a coma following a dispute over a parking space on East 14th Street.

Oscar Fuller could face up to a year in prison for the brutal blow on Feb. 25 of last year, but he avoided the more serious charge of felony assault. The verdict hinged on the perception that the victim, Lana Rosas, was knocked into a week-long coma as a result of her head striking the pavement — not the punch to the face, according to The New York Post.

“This was a brutal and unjustified act of rage,” said Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance in a statement. “That a petty argument over a parking space could escalate into physical violence is shameful.”

Ms. Rosas, who was 25 at the time of the incident, was holding the space at 520 East 14th Street for a friend when the argument erupted with Mr. Fuller. The electrician eventually punched Ms. Rosas and abandoned the scene. Witnesses noted his license plate and he was arrested several days later. The victim suffered “a serious brain injury” and is still going through rehabilitation, according to the District Attorney’s office.

A mistrial was declared in November of last year over the same incident.