UPDATE: Police later released surveillance footage of the assault, in hopes the public could help identify the accused assailants.
THE BRONX, N.Y. — A group of men attacked an off-duty NYPD officer in the Bronx Monday morning, according to police.
The assault sparked around 11:45 a.m. near Bryant and Lafayette avenues, after the off-duty officer, 33, got into a verbal dispute with the men, officials said.
Things escalated and one of the unidentified men struck the victim with a blue wooden stick, while the two other men punched him in the face and upper body, authorities said.
The victim was taken to a hospital with pain to his head, back and knees, according to police.
Officials said the assailants fled on foot. No arrests had been made as of early Tuesday.
Submit tips to police by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477), visiting crimestoppers.nypdonline.org, downloading the NYPD Crime Stoppers mobile app, or texting 274637 (CRIMES) then entering TIP577. Spanish-speaking callers are asked to dial 1-888-57-PISTA (74782).
Editor’s note: Police initially reported there were as many as six suspected assailants. This has been updated to reflect new information from officials.
Editor’s note: Police initially said a baseball bat was used in the assault, however later clarified it was a wooden stick.