Robert Baker, 28, allegedly hit a man he suspected of vandalizing his car over the head, cops say
(Long Island, NY) A Wheatley Heights resident was arrested Thursday morning after allegedly assaulting a man with a fire extinguisher nine months ago in retaliation for vandalizing his car, according to the Nassau County Police Department.
Robert Baker, 28, is said to have walked into the victim’s place of employment on Merrick Road in Massapequa on January 2 of this year. There, he accused the victim of using a fire extinguisher to spray fire-retardant foam in the tail pipe and grill of the Baker’s sports car, a Maserati, police said.
Baker claimed that vandalism to his Maserati had allegedly taken place while the vehicle was parked in Massapequa, authorities said.
After a heated argument, Baker, who had brought the fire extinguisher in question with him, proceed to strike the victim, aged 51, over the head with it. He then fled the scene, leaving the victim, who has not been named by authorities, to be treated for lacerations and contusions, according to reports.
After an investigation, Baker was arrested and take into custody early Thursday morning after being released from Suffolk County jail on an unrelated charge. He was arraigned Thursday on charges of assault at First District Court in Hempstead.