Detective Attacked Retired Firefighter on Staten Island, Court Papers Say
STATEN ISLAND — An off-duty NYPD detective was arrested and charged with punching a retired firefighter he was feuding with in Great Kills, according to court documents and law enforcement sources.
Detective Mike Oner, an 18-year veteran of the force who works out of the 94th Precinct in Greenpoint, was driving when he spotted former firefighter Richard Estreicher near Gibson Avenue and Giffords Lane about 1 p.m. Tuesday, according to court documents.
Oner, 41, got out of his car and repeatedly punched Estreicher, who sources said is 53, fracturing his right eye socket and nose, the complaint said.
The retired firefighter was treated at Staten Island University Hospital. His condition was not immediately available.
Oner claimed Estreicher was the aggressor and has been taunting him since he moved next door to him 12 years ago, the New York Post reported.
“I’m Muslim — he throws a ham and cheese sandwich [in the yard ],” Oner told the Post. “I’m Turkish — he throws a turkey sandwich. I don’t drink — he throws beer caps.”
He reportedly claimed that Estreicher provoked the fight by blocking his car when he came home from work and then assaulted him.
“He said he’s a Marine, he’s a kickboxer, and then he gets into like fighting stance,” Oner told the Post. “He puts me in a headlock, bites my head. He’s trying to rip my eye out. He’s biting my hands like crazy. I took him down, I start punching him, and then he got bloodied up.”
Oner was arrested and charged with assault and harassment. He was arraigned in Staten Island Criminal Court Wednesday and released without bail.
Estreicher declined to comment when reached at his home Wednesday evening.