Attacker who put off-duty detective in coma still at large

Posted at 9:05 AM, Jul 13, 2014
and last updated 2014-07-13 22:48:13-04

NEW YORK (PIX11) --Police released a sketch of a man who punched an off-duty police detective in the face on the downtown number 6 train platform at 23rd Street and Park Avenue South.

It happened about 6:20 p.m. Saturday night.

"It's terrible," a subway rider told PIX11 as he jumped on a downtown 6 train at the same station. "Citizens shouldn't be attacking officers trying to protect us," he added.

Police posted the sketch of the attacker in the subway station.

According to the flier, the man asked the off-duty detective, "Do you think that's funny?"

It was not clear what the attacker was referring to.

Then a physical confrontation followed. The 29-year-old off-duty detective was punched in the face, causing him to fall and hit his head on the concrete platform, suffering a severe head injury.

The officer was rushed to a hospital where he was placed in a medically induced coma.

When looking at the sketch of the attacker, subway rider Eugenie Bongiovanni said, "I will keep this information in my mind because it is real important we find this guy."

The attacker was said to be with two women. He is described as being in his early 40s, about 5 feet 9 inches tall, 200 pounds wearing a white t-shirt and blue jeans.

"My thoughts are you should not be assaulting people who protect us, who put their lives at risk for us," subway rider Cesar Apodaca said. "It is just not right."