NEW YORK (PIX11)– A police officer that was once revered for his bravery is meeting his fall from grace.
Eugene Donnelly, 27, was arrested and charged with burglary and 3rd degree assault on Monday, according to police.
Donnelly received the Police Combat Cross on June 10, 2013 for his heroics in a shootout.
He is accused of breaking into a woman’s apartment and punching her repeatedly the following morning.
After the ceremony in which he accepted the prestigious award, Donnelly went out to celebrate and became “blind drunk,” and passed out at a friend’s house, according to an account in the New York Post. A criminal complaint claims Donnelly awoke in the middle of the night and, dressed only in his underwear, wandered into the apartment of a 30-year-old woman. Prosecutors say he went into the kitchen, drank some milk, and then threw the woman to the floor and beat her. The complaint goes on to say that the victim was dragged into the bedroom where Donnelly continued to punch her in the face, causing her head to slam into the floor numerous times.
Donnelly allegedly told his victim, “Sometimes I’m a good guy, but sometimes I’m a bad guy.”
The NYPD, not knowing the man wanted for the attack was one of their own, distributed a wanted poster with Donnelly’s face on it, asking for help in the investigation into a Bronx “home invasion.”
Donnelly, who was stripped of his gun and badge, was arraigned yesterday and was released on his own recognizance.