LES Resident with Samurai Sword Arrested on UES for Attacking Cop
A Lower East Side resident wielding a samurai sword was arrested last weekend after he punched a police officer on the Upper East Side.
Cops responded to a 911 call about a man recklessly swinging the Katana blade on Madison Avenue near East 73rd Street shortly before 6:00pm on Saturday, according to the New York Post.
After cops confronted the perp near 77th Street, the man, later identified as Wilson Pichardo, refused to stop swinging the weapon. He then lunged at one of the officers, allegedly punching him in the face and stomach multiple times.
Police confirmed to the Post that Pichardo was charged with one count of assault of an officer, two counts of attempted assault on an officer, resisting arrest, reckless endangerment, obstructing governmental administration and criminal possession of a weapon, police said.
The officer was hospitalized and reportedly recovered from his injuries.
Wrong century. Wrong period.
Calls of a man wielding a katana on Madison Avenue elicited a fast response by officers.
Following a struggle with the suspect, refusing to drop the weapon, & resulting in injuries to a cop—he was arrested with no injuries to the public. pic.twitter.com/jVocK4DkJN
— NYPD 19th Precinct (@NYPD19Pct) March 17, 2021