A man wearing a medical mask was caught on camera sucker punching an NYPD officer in the Bronx Tuesday night as the cop’s partner was subduing a robbery suspect.
Nelson Jimenez, 31, launched his attack in front of a crowd of bystanders who had gathered on a sidewalk near 183rd Street and Davidson Avenue in University Heights to watch the arrest of 27-year-old robbery suspect Yoemdy Castro, law enforcement sources said.
One cop in the video can be seen holding Castro the ground, while another stands nearby, according to the footage.
During the episode, Jimenez walks behind the officer who was standing, then socks the cop in the head, knocking off his winter cap, the video shows.
The officer who was struck immediately turns around and fires his Taser, but it’s unclear if it struck Jimenez.
Jimenez then runs away, with the cop close behind, the video shows.
Spectators can be heard cheering on the suspect, imploring the suspect to “run.”
Officers later caught and arrested Jimenez in a nearby bodega, law enforcement sources said. Charges against him are pending.
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