By Steve Lieberman • LoHud.com
MONSEY — A 34-year-old local businessman has been charged with forcing his way into a Kaufman Court home and assaulting the couple living there, Ramapo police said.
Jacob Wagschal, owner of JW Developers on Sunrise Drive in Monsey, faces a hearing in Ramapo Justice Court on the morning of July 15.
Ramapo police charged Wagschal with felony counts of first-degree burglary and second-degree attempted assault, and a misdemeanor count of fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon.
An argument over a parking issue apparently caused a confrontation between Wagschal and a family living on Kaufman Court, said Detective Sgt. John Lynch, a spokesman for the police department.
The arresting officer reported the possibility of alcohol consumption, Lynch said, reading from a police report.
Wagschal, whose family once ran the Hygena Lake housing complex and also is involved in housing construction, is accused of forcing his way into a Kaufman Court house at 1:53 p.m. June 19, Lynch said.
The male homeowner told police that Wagschal was carrying a cane and hit him in the face, and then punched him several times in the chest, Lynch said.
Wagschal is then accused of shoving the man's wife.
Ramapo Justice Arnold Etelson set Wagschal's bail at $1,000 pending the July court appearance and issued an order of protection prohibiting Wagschal from going near the couple.
Wagschal gave authorities an address of 1 Sunrise Drive, the same address as his business. No one answered the telephone at the business this afternoon.