A New Haven man was arrested on Sunday after allegedly stealing a bicycle and pushing the 14-year-old rider to the ground.
Police said that Jamal L. Lockman, 32, of 120 Valley Street in New Haven, charged at the victim, who was riding his bike on Foote Street. Lockman pushed the boy, sending him tumbling over the handlebars, and ran off with the bike, according to police.
The bike was later located on Newhall Street and returned to the victim, police said.
The victim said he saw Lockman running toward him and recognized him from the neighborhood. The boy “knew enough to be frightened,” according to police.
The boy told police that Lockman “was sweating and had ‘an angry face’” and thought Lockman was on drugs, police said.
The victim’s perception turned out to be true—police said Lockman had just been admitted to Yale-New Haven hospital for PCP detox when officers made the station-wide broadcast to look for him.
Lockman was guarded at the hospital until his high wore off and was then held at the police station.
He was arrested and charged with risk of injury to a minor, second-degree larceny and third-degree robbery.