Christopher Loeb — the man whose beating by former Suffolk police chief James Burke led to the chief’s downfall and a major shake-up in the Suffolk district attorney’s office — faces felony charges after threatening to stab his ex-girlfriend to death in a Queens hotel room, authorities said Tuesday.
The NYPD has charged Loeb with first-degree criminal contempt, second- and third-degree menacing and harassment, according to a criminal complaint. The contempt charge alleges that Loeb violated an active order of protection issued in September by Suffolk Acting County Court Judge James A. McDonaugh.
That order stated that Loeb was required to “refrain from assaulting, stalking, harassing, menacing, reckless endangerment, disorderly conduct, intimidation or threats” against the ex-girlfriend. His attorney, Bruce Barket of Garden City, said the order of protection did not require Loeb to stay away from her.
The former Mt. Sinai resident pleaded not guilty to the charges at his arraignment Monday and was being held on $25,000 bail, Barket said, adding his client is due back in court on Friday.
NYPD officers arrested Loeb in connection with the alleged March 7 attack inside a Wyndham Hotel in the Fresh Meadows section of Queens. The charges add to Loeb’s rap sheet that has continued to grow since Burke beat him inside a Hauppauge police precinct in December 2012.
In November, Suffolk police charged Loeb with the break-in of a car, theft of a purse and credit cards, and stealing his mother’s car.
Burke, once the highest-ranking uniformed Suffolk police officer and someone with close ties to former District Attorney Thomas Spota, is serving a 46-month federal prison sentence in Pennsylvania after pleading guilty in February 2016 to obstruction of justice and violating Loeb’s civil rights.
Last month, Suffolk County agreed to pay Loeb $1.5 million to settle a federal lawsuit he filed after the beating. The fallout from the assault didn’t end with Burke’s guilty plea.
In October, Spota and one of his top aides were indicted on federal charges alleging they took part in a cover-up of Loeb’s beating.
In the new criminal complaint against Loeb, NYPD Det. Thomas Scalise stated the victim told him Loeb “threw the complainant down on the bed, got on top of the complainant, and pinned the complainant down on the bed by pressing his forearm against her chest.”
When hotel security arrived, Loeb “took a knife in his hand and pointed it at the complainant, and stated in sum and substance, ‘If you open the [expletive] door I am going to [expletive] kill you,’ ” according to the complaint.