A Rockland grand jury today added an assault charged against Eric Lau, who faces murder charges for the brutally killing of his neighbor, Jamie Erlich, a Suffern gymn teacher in November.
While being held in the county jail, Lau, 26, of Valley Cottage is accused of attacking a correction officer from behind, scratching and biting him during the subsequent fight. The officer was doing his job, counting inmates on Christmas Eve.
A grand jury charged Lau with second-degree assault. The officer was treated and has returned to work.
An assault conviction would pale in comparison to being found guilty of three second-degree murder counts. Erlich was found with her skull fractured and her throat cut inside her apartment at Lake Road Condominiums on Nov. 29. He’s also charged with first-degree burglary on the theory he illegally entered Erlich’s condo unit.
The murder counts each bring a maximum sentence of 25 years to life. Lau is being held on $2.5 million cash bail or $5 million bond.
Lau’s next court appearance on the murder charges is April 14 before state Supreme Court Justice William Kelly.
In above photo, Eric Lau is being watched in Clarkstown Justice Court during his arraignment on murder charge.