DOWNTOWN BROOKLYN — Police are hunting for a man who punched an NYPD officer and pushed him down the stairs of a Downtown Brooklyn subway station while being placed under arrest Friday on charges of trying to steal sneakers, police said.
The incident took place at approximately 11:15 a.m. near the Fulton Street Mall, at the corner of Hoyt and Fulton streets, directly beside the Hoyt–Schermerhorn subway station, police said.
Officers were in the process of arresting the man for attempted robbery when he reared back and punched one of the officers in the face, pushing him down the subway stairs, according to the NYPD.
The police officer suffered injuries to his head, back, hands and right arm and was taken to a nearby hospital, police said. He was treated for his injuries and released.
The suspect fled, police said.
He is described as approximately 6 feet tall and 190 pounds with black eyes, a beard and black hair. He was last seen wearing a black knit cap, white sneakers, dark pants and a black varsity jacket with red sleeves, according to the NYPD.
Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477).