Luis Nunez, 28, Fled After Pepper-Spraying Officer, Police Say

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Police on Wednesday were searching for a suspect who pretended to be a police officer, and then assaulted a real officer at a Bronx subway station.

A man claiming to be a police officer was trying to get into the No. 4 line elevated subway station at 170th Street and Jerome Avenue in the Bronx at around 10:15 a.m. Wednesday morning. It was then that a real officer came and interviewed the token booth clerk, as the suspect was seen on the platform.

The officer questioned the suspect, who flashed a forged ID card and badge, police said.

As the officer tried to make an arrest, he was pepper-sprayed by the man, who then took off, police said.

The officer was treated for irritation from pepper spray at an area hospital and released.

The suspect, who was still on the loose late Wednesday night, was identified as Luis Nunez, 28. He is 5-foot-7 and weighs 150 pounds.

Police have released a surveillance image of the suspect.

Anyone with information on the case was asked to call NYPD Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS, log onto the Crime Stoppers Web site, or text tips to 274637 (CRIMES) and enter TIP577.

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