INWOOD — Three city employees were arrested and one was charged with felony assault after she punched and choked a police officer who confronted them about walking with an open liquor bottle early Sunday morning, according authorities said.
Officers approached the group, which included three city workers — Pace High School special education teacher Nicole Lucien, 30, Department of Corrections worker Kelvin Liranzo, 28, and NYPD civilian employee Krismeli Cuilan 27 — and three other people at about 4:30 a.m. while they were walking along Dyckman Street and passing the bottle of Hennessy between them, court papers said.
An officer went to arrest one of the non-city employees, Richard Pertet, 29, who was allegedly holding the bottle.
Pertet began to shove the officer and Lucien then jumped on the officer’s back, punched him in the face and then choked him with a lanyard he was wearing around his neck, according to court documents.
The officer suffered swelled eyes and bruises to his neck, the court papers added.
Liranzo allegedly pushed and took a swing at another officer who was trying to arrest him.
Cuilan then threw herself on top of Liranzo to keep officers from arresting him, according to the court documents.
After Liranzo was finally detained he then allegedly assaulted another person in a cell in the 34th Precinct.
Two other people, Samuel Mangual, 26, and Carla Osorio, 25, were also charged with pushing officers during the melee, according to the court documents.
Lucien was charged with felony assault, criminal obstruction of breathing and obstructing governmental administration.
The Department of Education, who said Lucien also goes by the name Nicole White, added that she has been reassigned pending the outcome of her legal proceedings.
Her lawyer did not return a request for comment.
Liranzo was charged with misdemeanor assault, obstructing governmental administration, resisting arrest and consumption of alcohol in a public place.
Pertet was charged obstructing governmental administration, resisting arrest and consumption of alcohol in a public place.
Osorio, Mangual and Cuilan were all charged with obstructing governmental administration.