SOHO — A man punched a police officer in the face after he was questioned about breaking a vase, authorities said.
The officer said he asked to speak to the 23-year-old suspect after he had broken a vase in a 426 W. Broadway storefront at about 1:30 p.m. on Feb. 14, according to police and a complaint with the Manhattan District Attorney's office.
When the man approached, he punched the officer in the face, leaving him with a cut, bruising and pain, police said. The man, Carlos Cisne, began to flail his arms and legs as the officer tried to handcuff him, which resulted in a cut on the officer's leg, authorities said.
Cisne was charged with second degree assault and criminal mischief.
His court-appointed attorney did not immediately return request for comment.
Cisne, whose bail was set at $2,500 cash or a $5,000 bond, is due back in court on March 17.