Two Haverstraw teenagers have been indicted by a Rockland County grand jury on assault charges in connection with an attack on a police officer who was investigating a taxi fare dispute in downtown Nyack.
Alexander Aybar, 17, of 6 Westside Ave., and Finesse Abrams, 16, of 16 Westside Ave., are both charged with second-degree assault and resisting arrest following an April 16 incident that left an Orangetown police officer with neck, back, hand and knee injuries.
Rockland County District Attorney Thomas Zugibe said Aybar is also charged with fourth-degree criminal mischief and unlawful possession of marijuana. Zugibe said Aybar was found to have eight clear plastic bags containing marijuana following his arrest.
The incident took place about 3:30 p.m. on April 16 on Main Street in Nyack, where Orangetown Police said a cab driver flagged down a town officer for assistance with a fare dispute. At the time, Aybar and Abrams were passengers in the cab, having been driven to Nyack from Haverstraw.
Police said the teens wanted to go to Orangeburg, but had an argument with the cab driver over the fare. Zugibe said Abrams kicked a passenger door of the cab, damaging the exterior and interior of the door.
As the town officer investigated, Zugibe said Aybar ran off and then violently resisted being arrested when the officer caught up with him. During the struggle, Zugibe said the police officer fell to the ground and then Abrams jumped on the officer's back, punching and grabbing the officer.
Orangetown Police said a Nyack merchant who was driving on Main Street at the time saw the incident, pulled over and went to the assistance of the town police officer. The Good Samaritan pulled one of the teens off the officer, allowing the officer to regain control of the situation and arrest the teens.
The town officer was taken to Nyack Hospital for treatment and remained off duty for several days. The officer has returned to work, according to Orangetown Police.