Queens Man Charged with Attempted Murder for Beating Police Officer
QUEENS — A Jamaica man is facing attempted murder charges for beating an off-duty police officer into a coma on Sunday night, authorities said.
The officer, Mohamed Deen, suffered multiple facial fractures and a brain hemorrhage during the brawl, prosecutors said.
Deen was put in a medically induced coma Sunday, said Queen’s District Attorney Richard Brown, who filed attempted-murder charges against the alleged attacker, Hayden Holder, 29, on Monday morning.
The attack took place about 4:40 a.m. when Holder and Deen got into a shouting match near 118-14 Liberty Ave. in Richmond Hill, the DA's Office said.
"Holder punched Mr. Deen in the head, causing him to fall to the ground, and then Holder repeatedly punched, kicked and slammed Mr. Deen's head onto the sidewalk pavement while he was laying on the ground," the DA said.
Deen remained in a coma Monday afternoon, Brown said.
Holder was arraigned at Queens Criminal Court on charges of second-degree attempted murder.
He was held without bail.
Holder’s lawyer was not immediately available for comment.