NYPD officer in serious condition after fare evader chokes him: cops

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An NYPD officer is in serious condition at a Manhattan hospital after a man he was trying to arrest choked him at the Times Square subway station early Monday.

The officer was attempting to take 19-year old Daniel Walker of Manhattan into custody for fare evasion about 1 a.m. at the 42nd Street subway station.

As the officer placed Walker under arrest, the suspect began to resist, and the officer radioed for backup.

When responding officers arrived at the scene, Walker got on top of him and choked him.

Walker was placed into custody, and the officer was taken to Cornell Hospital.  He is in serious but stable condition.

Walker was charged with  assault, theft of service for evading the fare, resiting arrest and criminal trespass.