Announcement Comes Day After Arrest Of Robert Murray For Alleged Assualt


NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A second suspect was arrested and charged Friday in connection with the assault of two NYPD lieutenants during a protest on the Brooklyn Bridge, police said.

Maria Garcia, 36, of Brooklyn was charged with resisting arrest, obstructing governmental administration, and rioting, police said.

Five suspects remain at large.

News of the arrest comes after Robert Murray was freed on $10,000 bail after being arraigned on charges of assaulting an officer, resisting arrest, rioting and obstruction, CBS2’s Janelle Burrell reported.

Murray was arrested after he turned himself in to police on Thursday.

Police said the 43-year-old union organizer from Crown Heights was one of seven suspects who were seen on video struggling with the two NYPD lieutenants during a clash between police and demonstrators Saturday.

The group was protesting a grand jury decision not to indict a police officer in the death of Eric Garner.

NYPD Chief of Manhattan Detectives William Aubry said Murray is the man seen punching Lt. Philip Chan not once, but twice.

“He also, toward the very end, punches lieutenant in the face so hard, that we have a witness that says he heard the fist to the face,” said Aubry. “His acts are violent, and they’re right up there with being one of the most violent acts that I’ve seen.”

On Sunday, police arrested Baruch College professor Eric Linsker. Investigators said he triggered the melee when he tried to throw metal garbage cans over the bridge railing at officers.

“He threw two garbage cans off of the walkway onto the roadway,” Aubry said. “There were officers down there and you can see in some of the video that we have now that these officers were trying to move those garbage cans out of the way.”

As the lieutenants tried to arrest Linsker, police said the other suspects charged at them before running away.

“It’s a two-minute period that goes by where there are individuals punching and kicking our two lieutenants,” Aubry said earlier. “Linsker clearly is resisting and there is video evidence that he does throw a punch.”

Now, the search continues for the remaining suspects.

PHOTOS: Suspects Wanted In Attack On NYPD Lieutenants

Police have released an updated photo of one of the male suspects who was allegedly seen kicking the second officer, Lt. Patrick Sullivan.

Male Suspect In NYPD Lieutenant Attacks

An enhanced surveillance photo of a suspect accused of kicking Lt. Patrick Sullivan during protests on Saturday, Dec. 13. (Credit: NYPD)

The reward for any information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspects has grown to $25,000.

Anyone with information about the suspects or anyone who has additional cell phone photos or videos is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS (8477), visit the Crime Stoppers website or text tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.

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