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Man punches police officer for touching his girlfriend at supermarket (video)

By Mason White 1:50 PM January 23, 2015
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By: Tanya Malhotra
(Scroll down for video) A man was arrested on charges of assault after allegedly punching a police officer for touching his girlfriend at a supermarket, prosecutors in New York said.

Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown announced that 27-year-old Tommie D. Williams of Jamaica, Queens, has been charged with assaulting an off-duty police officer earlier this week in a St. Albans supermarket parking lot, following an alleged minor dispute minutes earlier in the store that involved
the defendant’s girlfriend.

“The defendant is accused of allowing a relatively minor bumping incident in a supermarket – to which he was not even directly involved – to rapidly escalate into a violent assault that resulted in him causing serious physical injury to his victim,” District Attorney Brown said.

Williams of 140-33 173rd Street in Jamaica, is awaiting arraignment in Queens Criminal Court on charges of second-degree assault and second-degree harassment.

If convicted, Williams faces up to seven years in prison.

According to the police investigation, a 42-year-old off-duty New York City Police Officer was shopping at the Pathmark supermarket located at 134-40 Springfield Boulevard on Monday, when he accidentally bumped into Williams’ girlfriend.

Williams verbally confronted him. Williams then told the officer that he would be waiting outside for him. The officer finished shopping and was walking to his car in the parking lot approximately five minutes later.

Williams approached the officer and punched him in the face with a closed fist, causing the officer to fall to the ground. Williams walked away and entered a vehicle.

As the officer approached the vehicle and tried to take a photograph of it with his cellphone, Williams exited the vehicle and again punched officer in the face, causing him to again fall to the ground, before fleeing in the vehicle.

The officer suffered three fractures to his face, which required hospitalization and the surgical implantation of a metal plate. Metal wires also had to be placed in his face.