A Long Beach man being sought on four felony warrants for assault and drug crimes is awaiting extradition after being arrested late last week in Alabama, police said Tuesday.
Darryl Coad was arrested Friday in Enterprise, Alabama, by the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force. Long Beach police said Coad is charged with first-degree assault, assault on a police officer, third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and a parole violation issued in New York.
The Long Beach warrants stem from July 23, when Long Beach narcotics detectives attempted to arrest Coad in a heroin drug sale and, police said, Coad punched one detective in the face, fracturing his jaw.
Police said Coad, who is also known by the nickname Froggy, escaped.
The detective, whose name was not released, was forced to have his jaw wired shut, according to police.
Police said what followed was a six-week investigation and manhunt that involved Long Beach police, the U.S. Marshals New York / New Jersey Regional Fugitive Task Force, Nassau County police, State Police, State parole officers and the Nassau County district attorney's office.
"Our Narcotics Task Force is attacking the heroin issue head on," Long Beach Police Commissioner Michael Tangney said in a statement released Tuesday. "This assault highlights the dangers Police Officers face every day. The group law enforcement efforts in this case were astounding. Long Beach Detectives worked tirelessly with the U.S. Marshals, Nassau Police, New York State Police and New York State Parole to track Froggy down to Alabama."
It was not immediately clear when extradition proceedings are scheduled to begin.