An off-duty police officer was brutally beaten by a man outside a restaurant in Queens, N.Y., early Sunday morning and the vicious attack was captured on video.
The fight outside St. John’s Express restaurant and bar on Liberty Ave. in Ozone Park left Sgt. Mohammed Deen in a medically induced coma Sunday night, cops said, according to The New York Daily News.
The video of the ugly incident shows Deen lying unconscious in the street as a man believed to be Hayden Holder punches him repeatedly and smacks his head on the pavement. The 29-year-old Holder was charged with felony assault.
The New York Post reports that at one point, the video shows the attacker leaving Deen on the pavement as he tries to smash in the windows of the NYPD veteran’s nearby white BMW 535i — with Deen’s horrified wife locked inside, a police source said.
After Holder reportedly was unable to break the car’s windows, he returned to the motionless Deen and smashed his head against the street and beat him up some more.
“It was a vicious, savage beating,’’ one law-enforcement source told the New York Post.
Holder reportedly attempted to flee when police arrived at the scene, but cops got him a block away.
Sources said Holder confessed to the attack but did not know that Deen was a cop at the time. He’s been arrested before for criminal possession of stolen property, pot possession and graffiti, sources said.
Deen, an 18-year NYPD veteran, was rushed to a hospital, where doctors put him into a medically induced coma. He was in stable condition.
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