What to Know
- A man allegedly beat an off-duty officer with a gun during an attempted robbery, police said
- The officer was walking in the East Village, around 6 a.m. Thursday when the man pulled out a gun and asked for his phone
- When the off-duty officer refused to give the man his phone, the man hit him with the gun, the NYPD said
A man allegedly beat an off-duty officer with a gun during an attempted robbery, police said.
The 28-year-old officer was walking near 2nd Avenue and East 13th Street in the East Village around 5:45 a.m. Thursday when the man approached him, pulled out a gun and demanded his cell phone, police said.
When the off-duty officer refused to give the man his phone, the man hit him with the gun, the NYPD said.
Officers responding to a 911 call reporting a gunpoint robbery found the off-duty officer at the scene with a head injury, according to police.
The officer was taken to Bellevue Hospital for treatment and is expected to survive, the NYPD said.
Police are now searching for the suspect, a man in his 20s or 30s who was wearing a yellow and blue hooded jacket, black pants and grey sneakers at the time of the alleged attack.
Anyone with information about the attack is asked to call the NYPD's Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS.