A Queens man has been charged with attempted murder in the beating of an off-duty NYPD sergeant in Ozone Park early Sunday morning, the Queens district attorney's office said Monday.
Hayden Holder, 29, of Jamaica, was charged with second-degree attempted murder and first- and second-degree assault in connection with the attack on NYPD sergeant Mohamed Deen outside St. John's Express on Liberty Avenue, the Queens district attorney said.
Holder "viciously and brutally beat the victim, causing him to sustain serious physical injury," said Queens District Attorney Richard Brown, adding that Deen, 40, is "currently in a medically induced coma and remains in guarded condition."
Officials said the two got into an argument outside the restaurant and bar around 4 a.m. that turned into a brawl, with Holder punching Deen in the head, and then slamming his face into the sidewalk.Deen was taken to Jamaica Hospital and treated for multiple facial fractures and brain hemorrhaging.
Holder was held without bail and is due back in court Dec. 2. He faces up to 25 years in prison if convicted.