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James Burke accuser Christopher Loeb involved in fight, police say

Christopher Loeb, left, who was allegedly assaulted by

Christopher Loeb, left, who was allegedly assaulted by former Suffolk County Police Chief James Burke, and Kyle Howell, who was allegedly assaulted by Nassau County Police Officer Vincent LoGiudice, speak about their experiences on Monday, Dec. 14, 2015, in Uniondale. Credit: Howard Schnapp

Police responded to a disturbance early Thursday involving a Smithtown man who was key to bringing down Suffolk County Chief of Department James Burke, authorities said Friday.

Christopher Loeb, 29, was involved in a fight at a Mount Sinai condo complex at about 2:10 a.m., according to Suffolk police.

Police said Loeb and a woman drove from the Woodridge Strathmore Terrace complex at 1:30 a.m., picked up a man and returned.

As the car stopped at the complex’s security booth, people inside the vehicle began to fight. A security guard attempted to separate the parties and was injured, according to police.

Loeb and the guard were taken to a hospital where they were treated and released, police said.

Police are investigating the incident and said no one has been charged.

Loeb pleaded guilty to stealing a duffel bag from Burke’s department vehicle in 2012. He was sentenced to 3 years in prison and was released in July.

Burke, who resigned in October, was arrested Dec. 9 on charges of assaulting the handcuffed Loeb after the theft and conspiring to cover it up during a federal grand jury investigation.

U.S. District Judge Leonard Wexler denied bail for Burke, agreeing with prosecutors who argued that the former chief was a danger to the community.

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