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Suspect In Hell’s Kitchen Punch Video To Remain In NJ To Face Trespassing Charges

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – A man accused of punching another man in the face following a an argument in Hell’s Kitchen Tuesday was in court Friday.

Corey Pohan, 32, was arrested Wednesday afternoon in New Jersey. He was charged with criminal trespassing after police said he climbed on top of a toll plaza on the New Jersey Turnpike while being transported to New York City.

Corey Pohan, center, appears in a New Jersey court on July 11, 2014. (credit: CBS 2)

Corey Pohan, center, appears in a New Jersey court on July 11, 2014. (credit: CBS 2)

Pohan jumped out of the back of an unmarked car as it neared the 16E/18E toll plaza on the Turnpike, police said. He then climbed up to the rooftop of the toll plaza, where troopers found him hiding, police said.

During Pohan’s brief Hudson County court appearance, it was decided that he would remain in New Jersey to face the trespassing charge before facing any potential extradition to New York related to the assault accusation.

Corey Pohan (credit: NJ State Police)

Corey Pohan (credit: NJ State Police)

Pohan was tracked down after visiting his parents’ home in New Jersey Wednesday. He was being sought for an incident involving 55-year-old Paul Martone, police said.

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

A suspect throws a punch in Hell's Kitchen on July 8, 2014. (credit: NYPD)

A suspect throws a punch in Hell’s Kitchen on July 8, 2014. (credit: NYPD)

Sources told CBS 2 the incident with Martone started when Pohan allegedly stepped over Martone’s dog, leading to an argument.

After being punched, Martone fell backwards and hit his head on the pavement. He suffered a serious head injury and was listed in serious but stable condition.

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