NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — An NYPD officer pleaded not guilty Monday to charges that he broke into an apartment and attacked a woman in the Bronx this past summer.
Officer Eugene Donnelly, 27, was charged in August with burglary, criminal mischief, and third-degree assault, police said. If convicted, he could face up to one year in jail.
On June 10, Donnelly, of the 46th Precinct, received the Police Combat Cross for taking down an armed suspect who fired at him while he was off duty in 2012, according to the Bronx District Attorney’s office. Afterward, he allegedly went drinking with colleagues and went to sleep at a friend’s apartment, prosecutors said.
Sometime that night, Donnelly woke up finding himself fin the apartment of a woman he did not know in the same building in the Woodlawn section of the Bronx, prosecutors said. He allegedly broke a chain lock to get in, and threw the frightened woman to the floor and beat her in the head, prosecutors said.
A New York Daily News report at the time said the woman claimed the suspect went on to go into the woman’s refrigerator and drink from her milk container before leaving.
Donnelly pleaded not guilty to all charges at his arraignment Monday before Bronx Acting Supreme Court Judge Michael Gross, prosecutors said. He will next appear in Bronx Supreme Court on Dec. 10.
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