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Two Nassau officers hurt in struggle with homeless man

Two Nassau officers were injured Monday while struggling in Westbury with a homeless man who was resisting arrest, police said.

One officer suffered a laceration to a hand, and the other officer sustained an unspecified injury to his right hand, police said.

Miguel Mendoza Cruz, 41, was charged with two counts of second-degree assault, grand larceny, criminal mischief, resisting arrest and obstructing governmental administration.

A Third Precinct officer responded at 11:44 a.m. to a complaint of men drinking at 460 Maple Ave., and found Cruz drinking beer in public, police said.

When the officer attempted to arrest Cruz, they struggled, police said, and Cruz threw the officer's radio into the street when the officer tried to call for assistance. Other officers arrived and Cruz was eventually taken into custody, police said.

The injured officers were taken to a hospital to be treated for their injuries, police said.

Cruz was to be held overnight for arraignment Tuesday in First District Court, Hempstead.

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