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Grandson of Malcolm X Accused of Smashing Shop Window

The grandson of the U.S. civil rights icon Malcolm X was arrested after punching a hole in a doughnut shop's window, sending shattered glass onto two patrons, police said.

Malcolm Shabazz, 21, was picked up at about 1 a.m. Thursday in Mount Vernon, New York, 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 from the glass shards and were taken to a hospital, police said.

"They were just sitting in the place and here comes this guy from outside and he put his fist through the window," Detective Lt. Maureen Zadorozny told The Journal News of Westchester County.

One of X's daughters, Malaak Shabazz, said Thursday she was unaware of her nephew's arrest.

"I didn't know anything about it," Shabazz said. "I'm kind of shocked."

It's not the first time Malcolm Shabazz has been in trouble.

He was released from prison this year after serving time for a 2002 attempted-robbery conviction in Middletown, New York.

He also was blamed for the death of his grandmother and X's widow, Betty Shabazz, in 1997 after he set fire to her Yonkers apartment. He was 12 at the time and was staying with her because his mother was having trouble handling him.

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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