An emotionally disturbed man attacked a 43-year-old NYPD sergeant in Harlem Wednesday morning, punching the off-duty woman in the face then punching her in the back of the head when she fell to the ground, authorities say.
The suspect fled north on Lenox Avenue following the attack near West 125th Street shortly before 7 a.m. and was later taken into custody; he's at a hospital and charges are pending, authorities said.
The sergeant was taken to a hospital with a cut over her left eye and a contusion on the back of her head. She was listed in stable condition.
The attack on the sergeant is the second on an off-duty NYPD officer this week. On Monday, an off-duty officer was shopping inside a Pathmark in Queens when his cart bumped a woman and the woman's boyfriend got angry, police said.
The officer apologized, but the boyfriend waited for him outside and attacked him, police said. The boyfriend then went to his car and the officer tried to take a photo or video of him with his cellphone, at which point the boyfriend got out of the car and attacked the officer again, officials said. The boyfriend and the woman then drove off.
The officer's jaw and an eye socket were broken in the attack; he was undergoing surgery at a hospital Wednesday.