Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterEmail this to someone
Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterEmail this to someone
Video and photo courtesy of NYPD
Video and photo courtesy of NYPD

Updated Monday, Jan. 26, 9:57 a.m. 

Police have arrested a man in the assault of an off-duty NYPD officer outside a St. Albans supermarket less than 24 hours after releasing video footage of the suspect.

“The defendant is accused of allowing a relatively minor bumping incident in a supermarket — to which he was not even directly involved — to rapidly escalate into a violent assault that resulted in him causing serious physical injury to his victim,” District Attorney Richard Brown said.

The accused attacker, Tommie Williams, 27, of Jamaica, was arraigned on Friday on assault and harassment charges, according to the district attorney’s office.

The victim, a 42-year-old off-duty cop, was at the Pathmark on Springfield Boulevard near 132nd Avenue at about Monday afternoon when he accidentally bumped into Williams’ girlfriend, according to Brown. Williams confronted the officer, telling him that he would be outside waiting for him.

As the officer was walking to his car, Williams came up to him, punched him in the face, causing the officer to fall to ground, authorities said. Williams then got into a vehicle. When the cop tried to approach the car and take a photo of it with his cell phone, Williams allegedly punched him and he fell to the ground again. Williams then fled in the vehicle.

The officer had to undergo surgery for facial fractures, which required a metal plate and metal wires to be placed in his face.

If convicted, Williams could spend up to seven years in prison.

RECOMMENDED STORIES

Comments:

Join The Discussion



Related Stories
What a mess! Bayside sewer project stalled because of bankrupt contractor, city says
What a mess! Bayside sewer project stalled because of bankrupt contractor, city says
This prolific knife-wielding bandit struck two more Subway sandwich shops in Queens this weekend
This prolific knife-wielding bandit struck two more Subway sandwich shops in Queens this weekend
Popular Stories
Photo courtesy of CNN/Parts Unknown
Anthony Bourdain will eat his way through Queens in Sunday's episode of 'Parts Unknown'
Renderings courtesy of The Trust for Public Land
Check out the vision for a new park eyed on the 'QueensWay' through Glendale & Forest Hills
Photo via Wikimedia Commons/Ciskevin
Flushing's Holy Cross High School announces it will go co-ed in 2018


Skip to toolbar