Newark, NJ – Authorities are seeking the public’s help in finding the people who attacked an off-duty police officer after he was involved in a car crash on Monday night in Newark.
Police said the Newark police officer was driving his own vehicle when he was involved in a collision with another vehicle near the intersection of Bloomfield and Mount Prospect avenues at about 11:05 pm on May 7, according to U.S. News and World Report.
RLS Media reported that the officer exited his vehicle when he saw a person on the ground
The 30-year-old officer told investigators that as he approached, he was attacked by multiple people, and robbed of his cell phone, USA Today reported in their North Jersey edition.
The officer identified himself to his attackers as a Newark police officer, but that didn’t stop the assault.
The attackers and the driver of the other vehicle fled the scene of the crash on foot, U.S. News and World Report reported.
The injured off-duty officer was transported to University Hospital, and treated for his injuries, NJ.com reported.
Police have not released the name of the injured officer. They have released that the officer’s injuries were minor in nature.
Police said an investigation into the assault and robbery is ongoing, according to USA Today.
No description have been released for the suspects.
The Newark police have asked for the public’s assistance in learning more about what happened to the officer, and identifying his attackers. Anyone with information is asked to call the department’s 24-hour tip line at 1-877-695-8477 or 1-877-695-486.