Rashaun Steward accused of punching Clarkstown cop in the face at Palisades Center mall

Rashaun Steward, 27, of the Bronx, is accused

Rashaun Steward, 27, of the Bronx, is accused of assaulting a Clarkstown police officer during a fight at the Palisades Mall. Photo Credit: Clarkstown Police Department

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Rashaun Steward, of the Bronx, was charged with assault after he allegedly punched a Clarkstown police officer in the face Monday at the Palisades Center mall in West Nyack.

The unidentified Clarkstown police officer suffered a facial injury in the incident that required a trip to the hospital.

Steward, 27, allegedly punched the officer as he tried to handcuff Steward following a fracas between Steward and another man on the 4th floor of the mall at about 3:40 p.m.

Steward was charged Monday with second-degree assault, a felony, as well as second-degree obstructing governmental administration and resisting, arrest, misdemeanors.

The Clarkstown police officer, who was called to the mall because of the fight, attempted to talk to Steward who allegedly responded by pushing the officer. When the officer tried to handcuff Steward, the Bronx man hauled off and punched him in the face causing a facial injury to the officer, police said.

The officer was treated at Nyack Hospital and released.

Steward faces up to seven years in prison if convicted. He is awaiting arraignment in Clarkstown Justice Court. A lawyer for Steward could not be located.

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