EAST VILLAGE, Manhattan — An off-duty NYPD officer heading home from a shift was held up at gunpoint and beaten during an attempted robbery, sources told PIX11 Thursday.
The officer had just finished a shift in Times Square and was headed home when the attack occurred, sources said.
It happened around 5:45 a.m. near East 13th Street and Third Avenue, bordering the East Village and Gramercy Park, according to police.
The assailant pulled out a firearm and demanded the victim's cellphone, according to police. When the victim refused, the attacker allegedly struck him several times on the head.
The officer suffered a laceration to the face, and was hospitalized after the attack, sources said.
The perpetrator fled, allegedly without any of the officer's belongings.
Images first released to PIX11 show the man sought. He is believed to be 20 to 30 years old; last seen wearing a yellow and blue hooded jacket, black pants and gray sneakers.
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