Police Sergeant Attacked Trying to Make Arrest in Chinatown

A New York police sergeant was injured in Chinatown early Sunday after being attacked by a suspect he was trying to arrest, according to police sources cited by the New York Post.

The sergeant was on patrol along with two other officers from Police Service Area 4 at around 3:00 a.m. when they approached a car driven by 34-year-old Gabriel Braciero after witnessing the car allegedly make an illegal U-turn near the corner of Oliver Street and St. James Place.

As the sergeant approached, he saw that Braciero was trying to hide something. The sergeant looked in the car and saw two gravity knives and a set of brass knuckles under Braciero’s seat.

He then tried arresting Braciero, but the latter fought back.The sergeant suffered a separated left shoulder and a chipped elbow. He was treated at Beth Israel Hospital. The officers name was not released.

After Braciero was eventually subdued, the officers discovered illegal substances in his pocket.