Man wanted after alleged assault on NYPD traffic agent in Queens: Police

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ASTORIA, Queens — A man is wanted after he allegedly threw an unknown substance at an NYPD traffic agent who'd ticketed his car in Queens, police said Tuesday.

Police said shortly before 5 p.m. on July 20, the culprit walked up to the traffic agent and began swearing at her after she issued his vehicle a ticket for double parking.

Police said he then got in the front passenger-side seat of the just-ticketed, dark-colored Nissan Rogue SL, which was being driven by a woman.

The agent placed the ticket on the vehicle's windshield then walked away, continuing her tour.

About 25 minutes after the initial confrontation, the same passenger again approached the traffic agent, held a plastic bottle out of the window and threw a clear liquid at the agent, hitting her in the back.

The traffic agent was taken to the hospital where she was treated and released.

The attack happened on Steinway Street between 30th and 31st avenues in Astoria.

It's the third assault in two months on traffic agents in Queens, authorities said.

Police are looking for Haytham Salama in connection with the latest assault. Salama is 35 years old and 5 feet 6 inches tall. He has black hair, blue eyes and was last seen wearing a blue T-shirt, police said.

He was the passenger in the Nissan Rogue SL with New York license plate HHM-9542, police said.

Submit tips to police by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477), visiting www.nypdcrimestoppers.com, or texting 274637 (CRIMES) then entering TIP577. Spanish-speaking callers are asked to dial 1-888-57-PISTA (74782).

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