Woman Beaten Into Coma Over Parking Spot

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A Bronx woman was beaten into a coma by a man who became enraged because she was holding a parking spot for her boyfriend.

The assault happened in front of 520 East 14th Street in the East Village, across the street from Stuyvestant Town, at about 11:40 p.m. last Friday, when 25-year-old Tremont resident Lana Rosas was standing between two parked cars.

She was holding the spot for her boyfriend when Oscar Fuller, 35, drove up to the space in silver minivan.

Fuller wanted the parking spot, but Rosas did not budge. He jumped out of the vehicle and began screaming at her. Fuller became so enraged that he punched Rosas twice in the face, knocking her off her feet and onto the ground.

Fuller fled the scene, but cops were able to take down his license plate number and two witnesses identified him from a photo album.

Officers arrested Fuller at his home on 195th Street in Jamaica on Tuesday. When he was brought into the station house, witnesses additionally identified him out of a line-up and he confessed to punching a woman in the East Village.

Fuller, who works as an electrician and is a father of two -- a 10-year-old daughter and 4-year-old son --, was charged with felony assault and is being held on $100,000 bail at Manhattan Detention Center.

The vicious assault last Friday was enough to cause permanent brain damage to Rosas, according to sources, and it is unclear if she will survive her injuries.

She is currently in a coma and recieving treatment Bellevue Hospital, where docotors had to drill into her skull to relieve pressure on her brain.

Fuller has an extensive rap sheet dating from 1994 and includes weapons possession and felony assault charges.

In a statement read by his lawyer, Fuller said, "I would never intend to physically hurt a woman. If there is anything I could do to strengthen her recovery, I would do it."

His lawyer, Thomas Kenniff, also argued that area surveillance video would prove that Rosas initiated the assault.

Rosas is described by her family as a petite woman, about 4-feet 11-inches tall and weighing 100 pounds.

She and her boyfriend were on a date when she was attacked.

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