Officers on lunch break spot, arrest suspect in 85-year-old’s assault on UES

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UPPER EAST SIDE, Manhattan — A man has been charged with the assault of an 85-year-old in an Upper East Side park.

Edwin Suazo, 35, was arrested Sunday morning and charged with assault.

The victim was walking in Carl Schurz Park on East End Avenue and E. 90th Street when Suazo allegedly approached him from behind.

Police say Suazo allegedly punched him in the side of the head, causing him to fall to the ground.

The victim was taken to Mt. Sinai Hospital with lacerations to his head and face.

Mayor Bill de Blasio tweeted his praise for the members of his detail who arrested the man.

Officer David Barker and Det. Robert Carter were on their lunch break when they spotted Suazo on the FDR Drive footpath. They returned to the Gracie Mansion security booth to properly match the description of the man to a wanted poster. They placed him under arrest without incident.

"Thank you Det. Carter & Ofc. Barker, Exceptional work," said Mayor de Blasio's tweet. "Identified and arrested man wanted for assaulting a senior - all on their meal break!"