The Medical Examiners office is investigating the cause of death of a man found at 8:25 a.m. Mon. Oct. 31 on the platform of the F line subway station at East Broadway. The body of the victim, described only as a black man in his 50s, showed no signs of trauma, police said.
Bowery murder arrest
Police arrested Michael Brown on Oct. 25 in connection with the Sept. 21 shooting death of Thomas McKinney, 24, after an argument at Mission Bar and Lounge on Bowery at Rivington St. Brown, who had a previous arrest for gun possession, was apprehended at a friends apartment in Williamsburg and admitted that he shot McKinney in the street after an argument over a spilled drink, police said. A homeless man, Jeffrey Dudley, 49, who was lying on the sidewalk at the time, was hit in the ankle in the shooting. The argument over the spilled drink involved four women who were with Brown and the victim, who was on parole after a previous gun conviction.
Hip hop happenings
A hit-and-run incident on Aug. 27, 2004 in which Ayesha Ouattara, a friend of the hip hop performer Foxy Brown, is charged with driving Browns Land Rover into two Critical Mass protest bikers, was deferred last week to a Dec. 28 court date.
One of the hit-and-run victims, Robert Herschenfeld, said last week that the District Attorneys office had approached him about testifying before a grand jury about his claim that Brown was in the car at the time when Critical Mass riders were protesting the Republican National Convention. The District Attorneys office declined to confirm or deny a grand jury investigation, but did say Ouattara faces hit and run charges.
Herschenfeld said that Brown got out of the car and yelled Get out of the way you dumb white faggots when the protestors were blocking the Land Rovers passage on W. Houston St., according to news reports.
It was apparently a bad week for Brown, whose real name is Inga Marchand. She is also charged with punching two employees at Bloomie Nails, a nail salon on W. 23rd St. near Eighth Ave. in Chelsea on the night of Aug. 29. Brown has rejected two misdemeanor plea deals that would have resulted in 10 days of community service. The case is still pending.
Browns lawyer, Joseph Tacopina, told reporters his client was not involved the hit and run incident. He also said Brown did not hit anyone at the nail salon.