Brooklyn judge sends man charged for punching cyclist to jail on increased bail
A Brooklyn judge ordered cuffs and raised bail on Tuesday after charges were increased on a man who allegedly punched a father of two off his bike and into a coma in Bedford-Stuyvesant.
Family members of the comatose Domingo Tapia whispered, “Yes,” as court officers put Gary Anderson, 26, in handcuffs and escorted him out of a Brooklyn Supreme Court room.
Anderson was originally charged with a misdemeanor assault for allegedly punching Tapia off his bike, sending his head to the pavement. But his charges were raised to felony assault, reckless endangerment and others after a grand jury decision, according to court documents.
Supreme Court Justice William Miller ordered Anderson be held in jail in lieu of $30,000 in bail. Previously, Anderson’s bail was set at $10,000, which he paid and was released.
Video surveillance allegedly showed Anderson riding a bicycle near Fulton Street and Albany Avenue in Bed-Stuy on June 8, when he rode up to a bicycling Tapia. Anderson then allegedly punched Tapia in the face, knocking him off the bike and unconscious when his head hit the ground.
Anderson’s motive for the alleged assault was not made clear.
Tapia was sent to a local hospital to be treated for brain swelling and bleeding. He has been in a coma since, despite multiple surgeries.
Tapia’s wife Ester Diaz set up a GoFundMe page to raise money for the family, which has raised nearly $19,000 so far.
“We are going through tough times,” Diaz wrote on the page. “Any assistance and prayers are welcome.”
Diaz and Tapia have two children, ages 5 and 7.
In court, Tapia’s family members wore shirts with a picture of Tapia in the hospital, underneath the word “Justice.”
Anderson could face a maximum of 25 years in prison on the top charge.
He is set to appear back in court on Oct. 23.
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