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Police: Queens Man Temporarily Blinded Cop During Foot Pursuit

April 17, 2019 - 6:45 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — A Queens man was charged with assault Wednesday after he allegedly hit a cop in the eye with a crowbar, temporarily blinding the officer.

Police say the officer was responding to a report of a break-in at a home in Kew Gardens Hills late Tuesday evening. Two men were allegedly trying to burglarize the residence and took off on foot when police arrived.

Authorities say Officer Anthony Spinella, 28, was able to catch up to one of the suspects when the man swung and hit him in the eye with the crowbar he was carrying.

The suspect was identified as Andres Tabares, 37, of Howard Beach.

Officials say Spinella “sustained an abrasion to his eye with bleeding behind his eye, swelling and temporary blindness.” He is expected to recover.

According to police, after being arrested, Tabares allegedly said, “it was a mistake” and that he was just “trying to get away.”

He is charged with first- and second-degree assault, aggravated assault upon a police officer or peace officer, assault on a police officer, fireman or emergency medical services professional, second-degree attempted burglary, possession of burglar’s tools and resisting arrest.

A second suspect, Morales Moreira, 28, of Elmhurst, was apprehended without incident. He is charged in a separate incident with first-degree assault, second-degree attempted burglary and second-degree obstructing governmental administration.

Both men face 25 years in prison if convicted.