A Brooklyn man who was acting suspiciously in front of a Westbury restaurant Friday punched the officer who arrived to investigate, Nassau police said.
Mike J. Volce, 24, then ran away but was found a short time later and charged with robbery and assault, police said.
It was about 3:15 a.m. when someone called police to say a man was walking and hanging around the front of TGI Fridays on Merrick Avenue, police said.
When the responding officer approached him, the suspect punched the Third Precinct officer with his fist before running across the street into Eisenhower Park, police said.
A short time later, other Third Precinct officers arrested Volce, police said. The officer punched was treated for significant bruising at a hospital and released, police said.
Volce was also the man who earlier tried and failed to get into a Honda that was in the restaurant's parking lot and had a man and woman inside, police said.
He got angry and pulled the woman's hair and tried to grab her cell phone and keys, police said.
But the victim sounded her alarm and drove off, police said.
Volce, of 938 East 96th St., Apt. A, was scheduled to be arraigned Saturday on second-degree robbery, third-degree robbery and second-degree assault.