That wasn’t a snow man. It was a man man—a man who had allegedly attacked his wife on Valentine’s Day.
The discovery—by police—took place around 2 a.m. Friday.
It was the second act of a drama that began at 4 p.m. the day before.
Here’s what happened, according to police spokesman Officer David Hartman (with his precise words in direct quotes):
An 8-year-old boy called police at 4 p.m. to say his mom, who’s 35, had been beaten up. Two officers, Jason Santiago and John Kaczor, went to the apartment, on Quinnipiac Avenue.
Here’s what the woman told them: “Her husband had returned home after he went out to buy a Valentine’s Day present. ... He came home intoxicated and demanded she give him her money. At first she refused and told him to leave. He pushed her down on the couch and choked her. She tried freeing herself, but her husband continued restraining her. She eventually agreed to give him whatever he wanted. He took her license, bank card, food stamp card and her Oxycontin pills—then retreated to his car. She confronted him outside and demanded her things back. He charged at her while threatening to kill her.”
The husband fled on foot. He came back at 2 a.m. So did the officers.
They found the husband, who’s 48, “hiding behind the residence in a bank of snow.” They arrested him on a variety of charges, including strangulation, assault, risk of injury to a minor, and threatening.
Shooting At The Taurus: Two men were shot outside the Taurus Club nightspot on Winchester Avenue around 12:30 a.m. Friday. One victim was 19; he crawled inside the club after getting hit by a bullet, according to Officer Hartman. The second victim was found on the sidewalk. Both victims were taken to the hospital.
The second victim told police he’d been at the club repairing a faulty kitchen drain, when he stepped outside for a cigarette. He said he heard voices coming from the corner and saw a small group of black men and one black female standing there. Gunfire erupted, and [he] was shot above his right knee. He said he couldn’t walk, and dragged himself to the club’s front door, which he found locked. He said he saw a muzzle flash that had come from the vacant lot at 19 Thompson St.,” Hartman reported.
A bouncer told cops he saw patrons departing the club “ran back inside” because “somebody was shooting.” The bouncer then locked the front door.
Cops found shell casings outside the club and looked at surveillance video. They found a Dodge Magnum and a Toyota Avalon parked nearby damaged by bullets.
And they found most of the patrons offering “little information.”