New York Daily News – by ROCCO PARASCANDOLA , JOE STEPANSKY
The off-duty NYPD detective critically injured when he was sucker punched on a Gramercy subway platform showed signs of improvement early Sunday, police said.
Detective Adrian Delfaus, 29, a six-year veteran of the force was surrounded by family in Bellevue Hospital when he awoke from a medically induced coma Sunday morning, a police source said. He was upgraded from critical condition to stable.
The detective had suffered severe head trauma and had bleeding on the brain after he was punched by the unknown man, who had argued with Delfaus’ cousin over a panhandler, police said.
Cops are hunting the assailant.
The detective and his male cousin, who was on temporary leave from the military, had left a family gathering in Manhattan and were waiting for a southbound 6 train at E. 23 St. and Park Ave. about 6:30 p.m. when a panhandler approached the cousin, law enforcement sources said.
After a brief exchange, the duo moved to a different area on the platform. There, the cousin was approached by a man apparently irate over what he had said to the panhandler, police said.
The two argued and the detective intervened only to get slugged by the stranger as he briefly looked away.
“When he’s not looking, that’s when the suspect socks the detective,” a police source said.
The punch sent the detective’s head crashing into the concrete platform and the suspect ran off accompanied by two women, the source said.
Delfaus had been promoted to detective in August and was initially stationed with Brooklyn North Narcotics Division, according to a police source. In December, however, he was charged with driving while intoxicated in Queens and was soon after moved off the streets to desk duty at the NYPD’s quartermasters section, which manages equipment, a police source said.
Authorities released a sketch of the suspect, described as a 5-foot-9, 200-pound black man in his early 40s.
“It’s all about him (Delfaus) getting better and us finding the suspect. I highly recommend he turn himself in,” said Michael Palladino, president of the Detectives’ Endowment Association.
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6 thoughts on “NYPD detective punched on subway platform wakes from medically induced coma”
“The panhandler, Delano Parsons, told The Post that it was Delfaus who was being verbally abusive.”
Too bad he recovered. Damn shame he didn’t knock him clean off the platform into the path of an oncoming train.
“It’s all about him (Delfaus) getting better and us finding the suspect. I highly recommend he turn himself in,” said Michael Palladino, president of the Detectives’ Endowment Association.”
Yeah, right @sshole.
Not unless he has a death wish.
Blah blah blah
cop got punched -“sweet”
blah blah blah
cop got better -“damn!”
you cant let those dirty c@rk suckers get back up. they roll deep and have carte blanche to wipe your family off the map.
if i lived in newyork and saw the guy in the sketch, i’d buy him a beer. 🙂
I’d buy him a case.
hell in NY just buy him a 32oz soda or a 30rnd mag.