Officer hurt during credit-card fraud arrest

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A Bronx man was arrested Tuesday afternoon after he attempted to purchase an all-terrain vehicle at a store in Massapequa using two fraudulent credit cards, Nassau County police said.

Omar Sepulveda, 30, of 2188 Creston Ave., was arrested and charged with second-degree assault, third-degree attempted grand larceny, second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument, first-degree identity theft, third-degree forgery and resisting arrest. He faces arraignment Wednesday in First District Court in Hempstead.

Police said that Sepulveda attempted to use a fraudulent Bank of America Visa card and a fraudulent American Express Platinum card to purchase a four-wheel 2013 Suzuki ATV at Island Power Sports on Sunrise Highway, but that a sales representative called 911 after determining the cards were fake.

When responding officers attempted to arrest Sepulveda at 2:37 p.m., police said the man tried to flee the store -- and then was involved in "a physical struggle" with officers in "an effort to avoid being arrested."

During that struggle, police said one of the arresting officers suffered a minor knee injury and was taken to a hospital for treatment.

The value of the ATV was not immediately known.

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