Man arrested for choking Williamsburg driver, crashing car: NYPD

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Cops cuffed a man Tuesday after he allegedly choked out a driver in Williamsburg earlier this month.
File photo by Lloyd Mitchell

A man who allegedly choked a Williamsburg driver was arrested earlier this week, according to the NYPD. 

Cops cuffed 56-year-old Anthony Fielder in northern Brooklyn on Sept. 19, a week after the incident. At about 4:30 a.m. on Sept. 8, Fielder allegedly wrapped a shoelace around the neck of a 56-year-old man — who he did not know — as the victim drove his Ford van near the intersection of Skillman and Kingsland avenues in Williamsburg. 

As the two men struggled in the car, Fielder allegedly took control of the vehicle while the victim hung out of the driver’s side door. He struck several vehicles along the way, and eventually crashed the car into a fence at 300 Skillman Avenue and fled the scene. 

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Fielder, pictured, allegedly hit several vehicles while driving with the victim hanging out the car door.Photo courtesy of NYPD/CrimeStoppers

Paramedics transported the victim, who was not identified, to NYC Health+Hospitals/Woodhull in stable condition.

Fielder is charged with attempted murder, robbery, reckless endangerment, and criminal possession of a weapon. In New York State, attempted murder carries a sentence of up to 25 years in prison. 

In the 94th Precinct, where the incident took place and where Fielder was arrested, there have been 84 robberies as of Sept. 17, according to the most recently-available NYPD statistics.