Police are searching for a local boxer and actor accused of punching his girlfriend in the head inside their Brooklyn home early Tuesday, critically injuring her, police sources say.
Josh Luteran, 30, allegedly assaulted his 38-year-old girlfriend at their home in the area of Bedford and Jefferson avenues in Bedford-Stuyvesant at about 1 a.m., police said.
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The two had been fighting over money, according to police sources.
By the time cops responded to the home, Luteran had left, police said. The woman taken to Methodist Hospital in critical condition and was placed in a medically induced coma.
A busboy at a local bar near the couple's home recalled seeing police there after closing time.
"They didn't come in because we were closing up, but they pulled up," said Ronnie Burke.
Burke remembered seeing Luteran just a few weeks ago.
"He comes here and there, usually pops in, has his drinks, eats with his girl or his friends and just leaves," he said.
Eduardo Tlapa, a clerk at another local store, described Luteran as "just a regular customer, just comes here and buys stuff, nothing else."
Despite his being a boxer, his fists wouldn't be considered a deadly weapon in New York.
"A fight between two individuals, a boxer or someone proficient in karate, won't elevate the crime into a more serious assault," said Peter Frankel, a former prosecutor and criminal defense attorney.
Anyone with information should call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS.