Cop busted in Astoria after assaulting and harassing former girlfriend: prosecutors

Cop busted in Astoria after assaulting and harassing former girlfriend: prosecutors
By Bill Parry

An NYPD officer was arrested twice by police officers from the 114th Precinct in Astoria this weekend and charged with criminal contempt in a domestic violence case, according to authorities.

Police Officer Keith Roman, 29, of the NYPD Housing Bureau, was arrested last Friday and charged with two counts of assault, criminal obstruction of breathing, criminal mischief, and aggravated harassment after an NYPD investigation determined the six-year veteran had allegedly punched and choked a 24-year-old former girlfriend during a verbal dispute in June, according to the criminal complaint.

Roman allegedly assaulted the woman in a previous incident in May and on Sept. 7, Roman allegedly left the victim a voice message saying, “Watch over your shoulder and I will catch you. You better watch your back. You are going to turn around and I will be there. You do not know who you are messing with,” according to the criminal complaint.

Roman also allegedly texted the victim a photograph of a noose hanging from a tree, according to the criminal complaint.

Following his arraignment in Queens Criminal Court Saturday, Roman was released on his own recognizance and ordered to return to court Oct. 15.

But Roman was connected with another incident shortly after being released.

Court records show the former girlfriend received two Facebook messages from Roman, which caused “alarm and annoyance” to the victim while violating an order of protection ordered by Judge Suzanne Melendez during his arraignment.

Officers from the 114th Precinct arrested Roman once again Saturday afternoon at an address on Astoria Boulevard near 34th Street. Roman was charged with additional counts of criminal contempt and aggravated harassment Sunday before he was once again released without bail, police said.

Roman has been suspended without pay, according to the NYPD. He is due back in court Oct. 15 for both cases.

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