A man accused of attacking a traffic agent on Staten Island is now facing criminal charges, according to local authorities. New York police arrested the 27-year-old man following an altercation in which he allegedly assaulted a 50-year-old victim on Oct. 4. It is unclear whether he is still in police custody at this time, and the record does not show whether he has retained criminal defense counsel.
According to the incident report, the man's girlfriend was issued a ticket by a traffic agent around 3 p.m. The man reportedly said he became angry and "sucker punched" the older man. The woman was issued a traffic summons for unknown reasons. The man apparently sought out the traffic agent and chased him across the street before punching him from behind in the neck.
The traffic agent was rushed to a local hospital, where he was treated for neck bruising and a head injury. His current condition is not known. The man was arrested shortly thereafter and now faces harassment and assault charges. No court date has been set for his trial as of this report.
Assault charges can carry a strong stigma that can negatively impact an accused individual's life in a variety of ways, including threatening his current and future employment. Nevertheless, New York prosecutors are required to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the man is indeed guilty of this crime. In this case, where the man was allegedly caught on camera, evidence may exist that could corroborate that claim. Criminal defense attorneys will carefully scrutinize the evidence to determine the best course of action in building a strong defense for the client.
Source: New York Post, "Man charged with sucker-punching traffic agent", Stephanie Pagones, Oct. 6, 2017