N.Y. Police Arrest Malcolm X's Grandson

The Associated Press
Thursday, August 3, 2006; 10:53 PM

YONKERS, N.Y. -- Malcolm X's grandson was arrested Thursday after punching a doughnut shop window, sending shattered glass onto two patrons, police said.

Malcolm Shabazz, 21, was picked up in Mount Vernon, Yonkers police said. He was charged with reckless endangerment, assault and criminal mischief.

The two patrons, a 19-year-old man and a 23-year-old woman, suffered cuts and were taken to a hospital, police said.

Shabazz was released from prison this year after serving time for a 2002 attempted robbery conviction.

He also was blamed for the death of his grandmother and X's widow, Betty Shabazz, in 1997 after he set fire to her apartment. He pleaded guilty to the juvenile equivalents of second-degree manslaughter and second-degree arson and spent time in various juvenile centers, escaping at least twice but being recaptured.

He is the son of Qubilah Shabazz, who was 4 when she saw her father, a civil rights leader, shot to death in a Harlem ballroom in 1965.

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