OZONE PARK — An employee working for the NYPD as a school crossing guard was arrested Friday after allegedly strangling a teenage boy.
Police said the guard, a woman who was identified as Jillian Selby, 60, got into a verbal dispute with a boy at 99th Street and Rockaway Boulevard in Ozone Park on June 8.
The fight escalated, and the woman attempted to choke the 14-year-old boy. Police arrived at the scene and arrested Selby at 12 noon, police said.
Selby was charged with harassment, acting in a manner injurious to a child, and criminal obstruction of breathing. The latter charge was classified as a new crime in November 2010, and allows for easier prosecution of cases where lesser degrees of visible physical injury occur, according to the Family Justice Center.
According to police, the victim was treated for his injuries at the nearby 106th Precinct and released.
Phone calls to the only Jillian Selby found in the city, who lives in Howard Beach, were not immediately returned.
Two schools are located near the intersection where the attack occurred, M.S. 137 at 109-15 98th Street, and John Adams High School at 101-01 Rockaway Blvd.