Video: Assault Spills Into NYPD’s National Night Out

Angela L. Tu

We’ve now received more information about the disturbance that occurred at the 7th Precinct’s National Night Out yesterday. According to a police spokesman, a man fleeing the scene of a gang assault made an unlucky wrong turn and ran right into police listening to the precinct’s commanding officer as she addressed a crowd of local residents and elected officials.

The suspect was part of a group of seven who allegedly assaulted a 24-year-old man at Ridge and Stanton Streets at around 5:45 p.m. The suspect fled the scene, according to the police, but ran right into the gathering of around 70 people at Attorney and Stanton Streets.

As shown in the Local East Village’s video from the scene, the incident interrupted Deputy Inspector Nancy Barry’s welcoming speech mid-sentence as officers swarmed the suspect.

“It happened really fast,” said Ian Chan, a spokesman for the city Comptroller John Liu, who was at the event when the disturbance began. “There were so many policemen around, I don’t think it was scary.”

The police quickly pinned the suspect against a wall and put him in handcuffs. Five minutes after they had the suspect in custody, the festivities resumed.

The six other suspects were also arrested, according to a police spokesman. The group was charged with a variety of different crimes, including gang assault, criminal possession of a weapon (the result of a bottle allegedly thrown at the scene of the crime), possession of marijuana, and jumping bail.

The victim was taken to Bellevue Hospital and treated for a laceration to his arm.

Amid the commotion, a witness can be overheard on our video (which has been edited for brevity) saying the suspect had a gun. However, the police spokesman said that no knife or gun was involved in the incident.

The incident was a colorful send-off for Ms. Barry, who announced at the event that she will be transferred to the 24th Precinct in the Upper West Side next week.