Man punches NYPD officer during outbreak

April 09, 2020 - 7:54 am

A man wearing a medical mask to protect himself from the Coronavirus “sucker-punched” a uniformed NYPD officer this week; adding insult to injury in a city reeling from the deadly pandemic.

“Nelson Jimenez, 31, launched his attack in front of a crowd of bystanders who had gathered on a sidewalk near 183rd Street and Davidson Avenue in University Heights to watch the arrest of 27-year-old robbery suspect Yoemdy Castro, law enforcement sources said,” reports the New York Post.

Officers later caught and arrested Jimenez in a nearby bodega, law enforcement sources said. Charges against him are pending.

A second cop who responded to the fracas was also punched in the head in an off-camera incident, according to sources.

The suspect in that assault, Brandee Isom, 25, was arrested and charged with assault and obstructing governmental administration.


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