A lawyer in New York was charged Thursday with using his position to intimidate a disabled woman and the elderly who live next door to him in the Bronx, a lawyer for the family said.
Kim Ward was arraigned in Manhattan Criminal Court on charges of felony harassment, menacing, intimidation and filing false information about an individual, the family’s lawyer, Andrew M. Weiss, said.
The incident occurred last month when Ward was allegedly confronted by a woman who was sitting in the front seat of a car, according to a criminal complaint filed by New York police.
Ward allegedly told the woman, “You don’t look disabled.
You look like a woman,” the complaint said.”
I have the right to go after you and you have the wrong to do that,” Ward allegedly told her, according the complaint.
The woman then walked to her car and began to get out, Weiss said.
“She’s in her 60s and her husband is 75.
I don’t care if you’re blind, deaf or disabled.
I can arrest you.”
He said Ward approached the elderly woman, who was in the back seat, and told her to “stop sitting here,” and to “go back to her seat,” according to the complaint, which did not elaborate.
Ward then allegedly grabbed her arm and pulled her into the car, the complaint stated.
He then allegedly pushed the elderly lady into her seat, pushed her against the driver’s door and began yelling at her, calling her “dumb, stupid and ugly,” the report said.
Ward was arraanged Thursday afternoon in Manhattan Supreme Court, where he pleaded not guilty to the charges, Weiss confirmed.
Weiss said his client has had no contact with the elderly women and they were in a residential neighborhood.
“It’s a total smear campaign against this family,” he said.
Weiss and his client, a former police officer, were not available for comment.
In December, the Bronx District Attorney’s office announced charges against Ward for allegedly harassing an elderly woman at her home.
The Bronx District attorney’s office is also investigating the death of the elderly couple, according a spokesperson for the district attorney’s department.
The district attorney said the elder couple, a disabled man and his 80-year-old wife, lived in a community with many vulnerable people and the family was “taken advantage of.”
The district attorney declined to provide additional details about the incident.
The NYPD said Ward has not been arrested in the death.
The office did not immediately respond to a request for comment from ABC News.ABC News’ Kevin Bohn, Mark R. Wilson and Lisa Ching contributed to this report.