Police Arrest Suspect in Bed-Stuy Hammer Attack

By Paul DeBenedetto on July 20, 2013 4:38pm 

 Fort Greene resident Dru Barnes, 34, was attacked with a hammer on July 11.
Fort Greene resident Dru Barnes, 34, was attacked with a hammer on July 11.
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BEDFORD-STUYVESANT — Police say they've arrested a suspect in the vicious attack of a Fort Greene musician with a hammer last week, which caused the man to lose his left eye.

Clifford Price, 44, was arrested around 7:45 p.m. on Friday, a little more than a week after police say he attacked Dru Barnes, 34.

Police believe Price followed Barnes for a block before approaching the man as he walked home from a friend's house in Bed-Stuy on July 11 at 11 a.m., NBC New York reported.

That's when police said Price allegedly attacked Barnes in front of 934 Jefferson Ave., striking him repeatedly in the face and neck with the hammer, before fleeing the scene. Surveillance video released by the NYPD earlier this week shows a man police believe to be Price running along Howard Avenue onto Hancock Street.

Barnes was rushed to Kings County Hospital, where a doctor said he would lose his left eye, according to friends.

"It was horrific, it was like a horror movie," Barnes' friend Gerrit Vooren told NBC New York.

The hammer was recovered at the scene, police said, but it was not immediately clear if prints were found.

Friends of the victim set up a support page shortly after the attack to help pay the costs of his medical bills. Barnes is preparing to undergo operations to repair damage and prep his eye socket for a prosthesis, according to a recent post.

Price was charged with assault in the first degree and attempted assault in the first degree, according to police.

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