Updated 03/21/2009 02:06 PM
Man Charged In Bronx Arrow Attack
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A man who allegedly fired an arrow that hit a woman on a Bronx street will be back in court on Wednesday.
Eric Collins, 27, was arrested Friday and charged with assault, reckless endangerment and criminal possession of a weapon. His bail was set at a $10,000 bond or $5,000 cash and he is due back in court on Wednesday.
Police ran into Collins Thursday afternoon while canvassing in Riverdale, where Denise Delgado-Brown was hit in the stomach with an arrow Sunday.
Collins was brought in for questioning after police say he appeared extremely nervous.
"He was one of the first people we spoke to because his house was literally right next to where the event took place and he said he had no knowledge of it," said Police Commissioner Ray Kelly.
Investigators believe the attack was purely accidental, but they say Collins knew of Delgado-Brown's injury and did not come forward.
Police believe Collins fired the arrow while he was moving into a home on Independence Avenue. They say Collins fired at a fence, but the arrow went through the fence, hitting Delgado-Brown while she was dropping off churchgoers at a nearby nursing home.
“Do I think it was directed towards me? No,” “I think it was a stupid thing to do, very much so - especially knowing that it’s a senior citizens’ complex,” said Delgado-Brown. “That kept going through my mind - it didn’t have to be me that guy hit with the arrow. That arrow could have traveled and hit an elderly lady or man coming out of the building. That could have taken their life.”
Local residents told NY1 they wished he would have come forward sooner.
"That could have been one of our kids. I'm glad it didn't result in any death," said one Riverdale resident.
"I think he should be punished for not stepping forward," said another. "To me, he wasn't thinking. You don't shoot arrows out in the air. You don't know who's coming by."
Delgado-Brown was released from Saint Barnabas Hospital Thursday after undergoing surgery.