The maniac who randomly attacked a 12-year-old boy on his way to school, beating him with a single crutch, was apprehended this week, according to authorities.
Jamal McIlwain, 28, targeted the unsuspecting kid near the corner of St. Paul’s Place and St. Paul’s Court in Prospect Park South around 7:30 a.m. Nov. 17 – walloping him twice with the crutch and trying to hit him a third time, according to the NYPD and video they released.
McIlwain was apprehended Wednesday after a 911 caller reported a “disorderly male” in front of an unspecified high school, according to cops.
McIlwain spit on a responding officer, police said.
Authorities said that when he was arrested, cops recognized him as the suspect in the crutch attack.
Cops charged him with assault, endangering a child, and menacing.
McIlwain is said to have picked up the crutch off the ground, possibly from a pile of trash, and was hanging out in the middle of the block before pounced on the unwary child.
Cops said he mumbled something incomprehensible during the unprovoked attack on Nov. 17.
The fiend calmly walked off after the assault, ditching the crutch on the sidewalk as he headed north on St. Paul’s Place.
He had been heading to the Church Avenue B and Q train station at the time of the attack.
“It’s weird how he ran across the street just to hit me,” the youngster, who was not identified, told WPIX Wednesday. “When he hit me, it took me a few seconds to process what was going on. I tried to block it with this arm and ran.”
The boy suffered minor head injuries and was taken to a local urgent care in stable condition.
“I’m feeling better than a few days ago when I got hit. The eye used to be swollen very much. I didn’t do anything to him, so how come he has a grudge against me?”