Manhattan, NY – A retired New York police detective was pummeled by a violent attacker in a broad-daylight assault outside a deli (video below).
The vicious beating was captured by a nearby security camera.
The incident occurred at approximately 9:10 a.m. on Aug. 11 outside a deli on West 39th Street near Ninth Avenue, the New York Daily News reported.
According to police sources, the attack took place after the 56-year-old retired detective asked 20-year-old Masterjardin Roman to stop panhandling outside the business.
The request led to a minute-long argument, at which point Roman threw a bottle at the retired detective, the New York Daily News reported.
The NYPD veteran charged after the suspect, but Roman managed to duck down and grab him by the leg, knocking them both to the pavement, the video showed.
Police said the former officer lost consciousness briefly as a result of being slammed onto the sidewalk, the New York Daily News reported.
Roman, who landed on top, immediately sat up and delivered more than a dozen blows to the retired detective’s head and face, the video showed.
He stood up and punched the bleeding victim yet again before briefly walking away, but then walked back over and brutally kicked the injured man in the side of his head.
Roman walked off with another man a moment later, leaving the bloodied NYPD veteran kneeling on the sidewalk, the video showed.
The retired detective was transported to Mount Sinai Morningside hospital with cuts, bruises, and a potential skull fracture, police sources told the New York Daily News.
His condition is unknown.
Roman, who had been living in a homeless shelter on West 41st Street, was arrested in connection with the violent attack two days later.
Police said he had a machete tucked in his backpack at the time.
Roman was issued a desk appearance ticket for criminal possession of a weapon and assault, the New York Daily News reported.
Watch the incident unfold in the video below. Warning – Graphic Content: