NYPD cop shoved by shoplifter fractures knee; suspect sought

The officer was working a paid detail at Target when he tried to stop a man from stealing kitchen appliances

By Rocco Parascandola
New York Daily News

NEW YORK — An NYPD cop fractured his knee when a shoplifter in a Bronx Target shoved him to the ground, police said Tuesday.

The suspect got away but police released surveillance images of him Wednesday and asked the public’s help identifying him.

Images of a suspected shoplifter in the Bronx was released by police.
Images of a suspected shoplifter in the Bronx was released by police. (NYPD via MCT)

The officer tried to stop the shoplifter from making off with a coffee maker and air fryer inside the Target on W. 225th St. near Broadway about 2:45 p.m. Tuesday, police said.

The cop was working a paid detail, meaning he was in uniform but working for Target at the time.

But the thief resisted and during the scuffle he shoved the officer, who hit his kneecap on the ground, fracturing it, police said.

The cop was treated for his injury at a local hospital and released.

The suspect took off empty-handed and was last seen running into a building around the corner on Exterior St. then exiting out the back door.

Police said he is about 40 with a dark complexion, about 5-foot-9, 185 pounds and bald. He was wearing a dark-colored jacket, dark jeans and gray sneakers.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS. All calls will be kept confidential.

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