2 accused of tossing cement blocks from N.Y. tower

September 20, 1992|By New York Daily News

NEW YORK -- An investment banker and a Yale Law Schoo student were arrested yesterday on attempted murder charges for allegedly tossing cement blocks from the roof of a 45-story luxury building on the upper East Side, nearly striking two police officers.

Police believe Jefferson Nutter, an investment banker at Morgan Stanley & Co., and David Pardue, a third-year honors law student at Yale, were drunk.

According to a police report, police officers overheard Mr. Nutter, 25, bragging about the incident in his apartment before his arrest.

"We had so much fun throwing. . . . We had the cops stumped," a report quoted Mr. Nutter as saying. "This is better than a bank robbery."

It was the second incident in three days involving heavy slabs believed thrown from a rooftop. On Thursday, a young Bronx mother was partially paralyzed after being struck by a 75-pound slate slab outside her apartment building.

The 17-year-old mother remained in critical condition at Jacobi Hospital. Police have no suspects or motive, but they believe the slab was heaved off the roof.

Police said Mr. Nutter and Mr. Pardue were on the roof of Mr. Nutter's luxury apartment building on East 93rd Street at 4:30 a.m. The two started dropping cement blocks, watching them plummet until disappearing from view, police said. The first few blocks struck some parked cars, blasting a hole through the hood and driver's-side window of one car and breaking the rear windshield of another.

Another cement slab tore through the canopy of the building; another apparently hit a fire escape and the debris shattered the second-floor window of a neighboring apartment.

Mr. Pardue and Mr. Nutter were also charged with reckless endangerment, criminal mischief and criminal possession of a weapon.

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