1 arrest made in brutal assault of off-duty NYPD officer
Officer Muhammed Chowdhury was beaten so badly he couldn’t speak to police colleagues and first responders
By Emma Seiwell
New York Daily News
NEW YORK — Police arrested a suspect in the savage gang assault of an off-duty cop out for a jog near his Bronx home, law enforcement sources said Friday.
Oshawn Logan, 18, faces four counts of robbery, two counts of gang assault, two counts of assault, and one count each of grand larceny and criminal possession of a weapon, police said.
Logan was in custody at the 43rd Precinct in Soundview, said the sources. His exact role in the incident was not immediately disclosed.
Police said the charges stem from the attack on Officer Muhammed Chowdhury, whose skull was cracked in the beating as he went for a jog Tuesday on Olmstead Ave. near the border of the Unionport and Castle Hill neighborhoods.
The suspects “repeatedly struck the victim about the head before removing his cellphone, car keys and wallet,” police said.
The trio of suspects then fled the scene in a Black Honda sedan.
Chowdhury, 48, was hurt so badly he couldn’t speak to police colleagues and first responders, and he was listed as a John Doe at Jacobi Hospital in the Bronx.
Only after he was noticed absent from his shift in the Central Park Precinct in Manhattan did police locate him in the hospital.
The gang suspected in Chowdhury’s attack was believed responsible for 19 attacks in the Bronx and Queens since Aug. 1, including carjackings and robberies.
The other suspects in the crime spree remained at large on Friday night, said a tweet from Police Commissioner Keechant Sewell. Police said the investigation “remains ongoing.”
Jahmil Ahmed, a nephew of Chowdhury, said he wished police had busted Logan sooner. “He was walking the streets all these days,” Ahmed told the Daily News.
“It’s a good thing they arrested one person, but I hope they arrest all of them,” Ahmed said.
Asked about Chowdhury’s condition, Ahmed said: “The doctors say it’s going to take a while.”