Nov. 16, 2017 By Nathaly Pesantez
Police are on the lookout for a suspect who allegedly shoved a uniformed NYPD officer to the ground after she stopped him for jumping the turnstile at the Queens Plaza station in Long Island City.
The incident happened at around 12:35 a.m. on Nov. 14, where a man entered the station’s mezzanine and avoided swiping a Metrocard by hopping over, police said.
An on-duty, uniformed NYPD officer stopped the man and began to talk to him, but was shoved to the floor by the turnstile-hopper as he ran away, according to police. The officer got back up and chased him, but the man had already boarded a northbound train, police said.
The officer was sent to a nearby hospital after sustaining injuries to her back and left hand, according to police.
The suspect, seen jumping a turnstile in the attached video released by the NYPD, is described as an Asian/Pacific Islander, between 20 to 25 years old, either 5’5” or 5’6”, and weighing 150 pounds. He was last seen wearing a red, white and blue winter hat, a black leather jacket, and blue jeans.
Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime stoppers website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.