Rockville, MD – An on-duty, uniformed Montgomery County police officer was attacked while he was standing in line at a Chipotle on Friday.
The totally-unprovoked assault occurred at about 6:48 p.m. on Dec. 18 in the Chipotle located in the 14000-block of Shady Grove Road in Rockville, according to a press release by the Montgomery County Police Department.
Police said the officer was waiting in line to order when 21-year-old Nyziere London approached him.
Without saying anything, and without any provocation of any kind from the officer, London punched him in the face twice, according to the press release.
Then he began punching the officer’s body.
Police said the officer and London struggled as the officer tried to take the suspect into custody.
There was another Montgomery County police officer in the restaurant who was up at the counter paying for food when the other officer was attacked, the press release said.
Police said that when he heard the commotion, the officer jumped into the fray to assist his fellow officer.
The officers called for backup and several additional officers responded to the scene and arrested London, according to the press release.
London was booked into the Central Processing Unit of the Montgomery County Jail and charged with second-degree assault and resisting arrest.
The police department said that London had been held without bond.
The officer whom London attacked suffered non-life-threatening injuries, according to the press release.
Police have not released the name of the officer but said he is a 26-year veteran of the Montgomery County police force, WBFF reported.
There is no evidence that the officer and London had any prior interaction before the attack.
“Officers work hard every day to ensure that our community stays safe,” Montgomery County Police Chief Marcus said in the press release. “Police work can often put officers in harm’s way, but I’m saddened that this unprovoked attack occurred while this officer was attempting to simply grab a quick bite to eat during his shift. This is another danger to our profession.”