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Police: Man Wanted In Hell’s Kitchen Assault Arrested In NJ After Climbing On Top Of Toll Plaza

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – A man who police said was seen on video punching another man in the face in Hell’s Kitchen has been arrested in New Jersey after police said he climbed on top of a toll plaza on the New Jersey Turnpike.

Corey Pohan, 32, was arrested Wednesday afternoon and charged with criminal trespassing and as a fugitive from justice, police said.

Police tracked Pohan down after visiting his parents’ home in New Jersey Wednesday. Pohan agreed to return to New York for questioning in connection with the alleged assault of 55-year-old Paul Martone, police said.

Corey Pohan (credit: NJ State Police)

Corey Pohan (credit: NJ State Police)

Police said Pohan was seen on video punching Martone in the face on the corner of West 55th Street and 9th Avenue Tuesday evening.

While being transferred in an unmarked car back to New York for questioning Wednesday afternoon, police said Pohan jumped out of the vehicle as the car neared the 16E/18E toll plaza on the New Jersey Turnpike.

He then climbed up to the rooftop of the toll plaza, where troopers found him hiding and took him into custody, police said.

Sources told CBS 2 the alleged assault Tuesday started when Pohan stepped over Martone’s dog, leading to an argument.

After being punched, police said Martone fell backwards and hit his head on the pavement. Pohan then took off running, carrying what appeared to be a bike chain, police said.

Martone suffered a serious head injury and was taken to the hospital in critical condition.

Police said Pohan is being held at the Hudson County Jail and is awaiting extradition back to New York.

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