Suspect in Mamajuana Cafe Assault Turns Himself In, Police Say
By DNAinfo Staff on January 18, 2012 9:59am
By Carla Zanoni and Wil Cruz
MANHATTAN — A Fort George man has been arrested for an attack at the popular Mamajuana Café that left a victim in a coma, police said Wednesday.
Javier Delarosa, 26, surrendered to cops at the 34th Precinct Tuesday. He was charged with first-degree assault for the attack on Jan. 8 in which he and another suspect allegedly assaulted a 23-year-old man.
Earlier this month, police released images captured from Mamajuana's video surveillance.
"They resulted in very clear pictures of the wanted person who, seeing the posters, turned himself in [Tuesday]," said a police source.
The assault at the controversial Mamajuana Café, located at 274 Dyckman St. in Washington Heights, happened at about 3:30 a.m.
The victim, who was not identified, was struck in the head and knocked unconscious by one of the suspects, police said.
"The victim was knocked out," said Victor Santos, Mamajuana's general manager, at the time. "We heard him snoring."
Police said Wednesday that the victim's condition hasn't changed. Police, who are still looking for a second suspect, said the investigation is still going.
Mamajuana has drawn ire from the community for being a magnet for drunken revelers.
A proposed plan by its owners to open a restaurant on the Lower East Side was blocked by community board members there. Mamajuana is planning to open a "high-end Italian restaurant" in Inwood, too — a move locals fought this month by protesting its liquor license application.
Community Board 12's economic development committee, however, voted to recommend the full board approve the license. A vote is scheduled for Jan. 24. during CB12's general meeting.
Still, owners recently opened a location on the Upper West Side at 570 Amsterdam Ave. and W. 88th St., and plan to open another spot at 134 E. 48th St. in Midtown. Mamajuana also has restaurants in Miami, Florida, and Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.