Police Officer Hospitalized In Stable Condition

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) —  A man has been arrested for allegedly beating an off-duty NYPD officer several times Sunday morning.

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A 29-year-old man has been charged with felony assault, police told CBS 2.

The dispute between the two men happened in Richmond Hill just after 4:40 a.m., authorities said.

A man who claimed to witness the attack told 1010 WINS’ Roger Stern that the officer and a woman had just left a bar on Liberty Avenue and were walking across the street to the officer’s car, when a man followed the officer and began hitting him in the face.

The officer went down, got back up, and was hit again, the eyewitness said.  Then a second man emerged from the crowd and started kicking the officer in the face in the foot, the witness said.

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The officer was rushed to Jamaica Hospital, where police say he is in stable condition.

This is not ther first brawl on Liberty Avenue. Neighbors told WCBS 880’s Monica Miller that they hope authorities can crack down on the violence.

No formal charges have been filed yet, police said.

Stay with CBSNewYork.com for more on this developing story.

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