NYPD Commissioner Shea condemns ‘disturbing’ attack on cop by man in medical mask
NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea ripped the man caught on camera this week sucker-punching an officer in the Bronx as his partner was making an arrest, saying the “disturbing” attack went far beyond “disrespect.”
The incident took place Tuesday in front of a crowd of spectators watching 27-year-old robbery suspect Yoemdy Castro get cuffed on 183rd Street and Davidson Avenue in University Heights, police said.
Suddenly, a man police identified as Nelson Jimenez, 31, standing behind a second officer, clobbers him from behind, the video shows.
“To be clear, this is not disrespect. This is premeditated assault on a uniformed Police Officer…your Police Officer,” the top cop wrote. “Disturbing on many levels, what he should now receive is a conviction for a class D Felony and a lengthy sentence in State Prison. Period.”
Jimenez ran off, but was later caught by police in a nearby bodega, sources said.
He is facing a slew of charges including assault on a police officer, obstruction of governmental administration, assault, disorderly conduct, and harassment, according to police.
Jimenez was recently arrested Feb. 27 for harassment at a men’s shelter in Norwood, police said.
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