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Man in Pelham Manor Allegedly Poses as Officer

PELHAM MANOR, N.Y. – A man who allegedly claimed to be a police officer allegedly hit another man in the face while the latter man sat in his car Wednesday night.

Pelham Manor police responded to the call about a fight in the parking lot in front of Five Below on Pelham Parkway.

Police met the victim, who complained of pain in his left cheek after an unidentified suspect punched him, when they arrived at the location, according to the police report. The suspect allegedly exchanged unfriendly words with the victim, ran up to the driver’s side window of his car and punched the victim in the left side of the face while he was still sitting in the car.

The victim’s wife said that the alleged attacker was yelling that he was a police officer. She said he imitated flashing an item as he ran back to his car and brandished a baseball bat.

A bystander then intervened and the suspect put the bat in the trunk of his car. The suspect yelled out to the man that he was lucky his wife was in the car and drove away.

Police ran a license plate check and learned the name of the owner. They searched the area for the car but could not find it.

The victim complained of cheek pain and said he wanted to go to the hospital. An ambulance took him to Sound Shore Medical Center and his wife later called Pelham Manor police headquarters to tell them that doctors diagnosed her husband with a broken nose from the altercation.

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