Four teenagers have been indicted in connection with an attack on two NYPD officers outside of a Brooklyn home that left one of the victims, an off-duty detective, badly beaten, authorities said Tuesday.
The teenagers, all 17-year-old boys, are charged in a six-count indictment with assault, resisting arrest and unlawful possession of marijuana in the Feb. 8 attack on detective Daniel Alessandrino and his girlfriend, officer Jaline Bernier.
Prosecutors say Alessandrino heard a group making noise outside his Bensonhurst home that night around 12:20 a.m. and went out to check on the commotion. The detective, who was off-duty at the time, saw a group of about 15 to 20 teenagers banging and jumping on cars.
Alessandrino, who had been followed out of the house by Bernier, told the teens he didn't want any trouble and asked them to leave, prosecutors say.
One of the teens charged in the indictment allegedly responded, "What are you going to do? Call a cop?"
Authorities say Alessandrino identified himself as an officer at that point, and the teen allegedly said, "I don't care. I'll kill a cop. A cop is going to die tonight."
The teen then allegedly lunged at Alessandrino and started punching him in the head and body, authorities say. Alessandrino pushed him away and the teen allegedly attacked his girlfriend, Bernier. When the detective tried to interview them, the teens allegedly pushed him to the ground, surrounded him and proceeded to kick, punch and stomp on him.
They also allegedly kicked him in the head. The teens were arrested a short time later, authorities said.
Alessandrino had swelling and lacerations around his eye, nose, jaw, head, arm and knee, broken teeth and chest and shoulder bruising as a result of the attack, authorities say. Bernier had eye swelling and facial pain.
The top count in the indictment carries a penalty of up to seven years in prison.