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Drunken Man Shatters Door, Attacks Officers at Meatpacking Bar, NYPD Says

By Mathew Katz | November 14, 2013 9:04am
 A drunken Canadian man smashed the glass door to The Chester, police said.
A drunken Canadian man smashed the glass door to The Chester, police said.
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MEATPACKING DISTRICT — A drunken Canadian man shattered a glass door at the Gansevoort Hotel's swanky restaurant — and then attacked two police officers who tried to arrest him, the NYPD said.

Daniel Engler, 22, came to The Chester, at 18 Ninth Ave., for some drinks about 11:30 p.m. last Friday, but about 15 minutes later he tried to leave the restaurant without paying and punched in the glass front door, shattering it, police said.

Engler was stopped by restaurant staff, who flagged down police, according to the police report.

When a pair of officers tried to arrest the man, the 6-foot-2, 180-pound Engler punched them and tried to take both of their guns, according to the NYPD.

"F--- you, I ain't going anywhere!" Engler shouted, according to the Manhattan district attorney's criminal complaint.

Both officers fell to the ground and one suffered an injury to his right shoulder and was taken to the hospital, police said. The pair had to call in backup to handcuff Engler, police said.

The restaurant's management did not respond to requests for comment. A lawyer for Engler could not be reached for comment.

Engler was charged with assault, resisting arrest and criminal mischief, prosecutors said. He was released on $3,500 bail on Tuesday, records show.

Other notable crimes in this week's NYPD blotter for the 6th Precinct include:

► A CVS worker went on an unauthorized shopping spree after a co-worker gave her his credit card to pick up some lunch, police said.

Rebecca Pierre-Louis, 18, who worked with the victim at the CVS Pharmacy at 360 Washington Square Place, held onto the card from last Saturday to Monday, and racked up nearly $500 in purchases at Bloomingdale's and Zara and also bought a MetroCard at West Fourth Street, police said.

She was charged with criminal possession of stolen property and released, records show.

Information about Pierre-Louis' lawyer was not immediately available.

► A good Samaritan got a bad reward when he broke up a fight between Ahmed Sapar, 26, and a couple near 119 MacDougal St. on Oct. 22 at about 9:15 p.m., police said. After defusing the situation, Sapar followed the man and threw a bottle of wine at his head, narrowly missing him.

Authorities arrested Sapar on Nov. 6 and charged him with harassment and menacing, according to records. He was being held on $1,500 bail as of Wednesday, records show.

Information about Sapar's lawyer was not immediately available.

► A man punched a police officer early on the morning of Nov. 5 inside the New School's building at 65 Fifth Ave., police said. According to the NYPD, John Brickman Jr., 23, confronted an officer and punched him in the face, breaking his nose at about 1:38 a.m.

When officers tried to arrest him, he flailed his arms and resisted, police said. He was charged with assaulting an officer, resisting arrest and obstructing governmental administration, records show. He was released on $1,500 bail.

Information about Brickman's lawyer was not immediately available.