According to the police, a man was taken into custody for reportedly pouring rubbing alcohol on an NYPD officer in an East Harlem subway station. The man then proceeded to threaten the officer by saying he would set him on fire.
According to authorities, a 58-year-old man named James Murphy, residing in Manhattan, has been charged with assault, reckless endangerment, and resisting arrest. The charges stem from a violent incident that occurred on the southbound 2/3 platform of the 135th Street and Lexington Avenue station during the early morning hours of Tuesday.
According to the NYPD, at around 2 a.m., two officers who were dressed in plain clothes were conducting their patrol when Murphy approached them in an aggressive manner.
According to the authorities, the accused proceeded to produce a container of rubbing alcohol and doused one of the police officers with the combustible substance.
According to authorities, Murphy proceeded to brandish a lighter and reportedly made a threat to set the police officer ablaze.
Without carrying out the unsettling menace, he made a quick exit from the location.
According to police, the suspect was pursued by two officers who subsequently called for reinforcements before following him into a subway tunnel where he was eventually apprehended.
After the incident, both police officers were transported to New York Presbyterian/Columbia Hospital for medical attention. According to one officer, he experienced a burning sensation in his eyes due to the rubbing alcohol. Fortunately, their injuries were minor and they were treated promptly.
According to police, Murphy has been charged with obstruction of governmental administration, menacing, criminal trespassing, and disorderly conduct in relation to the incident.
According to police, he has been arrested over 24 times in the past for various offenses such as theft and drug possession charges.
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