NEW: Man accused of punching victim at Boynton park, firing gun at him


A Port St. Lucie man is accused of punching a man, then firing one bullet from a gun into the ground near him, city police said.

Nickson Pascal, 23, was arrested Thursday for simple battery and aggravated assault with a firearm, a recently released police report said. The next day, a judge set his bond at $3,000 and ordered him no weapons and no contact with the witnesses, victim and victim’s family, according to online court records. He remained in jail as of Monday morning.

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On the day of his arrest, police said that that Pascal punched a man in the face then pulled out a silver handgun and fired one round toward him after he fell on the ground in the parking lot of Ezell Hester Jr. Community Park on Seacrest Boulevard south of Gateway Boulevard, a police report said. The man then fled the scene on a silver bicycle northbound on Seacrest.

The victim’s aunt got into her vehicle and tried to find the suspect, the report said. She spotted him running eastbound on Northeast 19th Avenue. He then tried to run into a house on the road. The homeowner told police she was sleeping and didn’t know if anyone ran into her house. A woman who lived there said she recognized Pascal as her uncle’s friend.

After receiving permission, police searched the home and found Pascal, the report said. He said he had been inside his residence the entire day and denied being at Hester Park. But he gave other conflicting statements, according to the police report.

He said he was at the park watching a football game when two men walked by and said something to him. He told police he is schizophrenic and “popped” and jumped off his bicycle and approached the men. He said they “tussled” but he never hit the men.

Video recording of the incident revealed an audible gunshot, then Pascal fleeing on a bicycle while other people yelled, the report said.



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