A 16-year-old boy who allegedly jumped the turnstile at the East Harlem station to avoid paying his fare punched and strangled a police officer in a New York City subway station.
The disturbing footage shows the attacker punching the policeman in the head before strangling him and repeatedly pushing him against the metal bars. The video also shows the young man’s face covered in blood.
The young man was charged with assaulting an officer, obstruction of government administration, and resisting arrest, but was released on bail on Sunday.
However, the New York Post reported, that the assailant was sprung without bail in a violent robbery case a few days earlier. He was freed on his own recognizance following his bust on Wednesday on allegations he and three others jumped a 49-year-old man on a Midtown street, punching the victim and running off with his cellphone. Prosecutors with the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office requested he be released with “intensive community monitoring” at his arraignment.