Police Officer Thrown Down Stairwell in Queens
A police officer is in stable condition after being thrown down a stairwell inside a Queens apartment building Friday, authorities said.
Police say officers were at an apartment inside the Ravenswood Houses in Astoria checking up on a prior domestic dispute that involved a 20-year-old suspect and a relative.
The suspect, identified by police sources as Jose Pages, was not allowed to return to the apartment, police said, and was not there during their first visit. There was a warrant out for his arrest from the domestic incident.
Police said they received a call from inside the apartment shortly after leaving, and the person who they spoke with said Pages was at the apartment.
Once they returned, Pages fled, resulting in a police chase that lasted 25 minutes.
Pages was later found in a stairwell, where he pushed the officer down the stairs, according to police.
The officer is in stable condition at a nearby hospital with a broken leg. She's been an NYPD officer since 2005.
A crowd of people gathered outside the apartment cheered for Pages as he was brought out in handcuffs.
"You a hero, Jose!" one man yelled. "A hero!"