A career criminal claiming to be a cousin of Freddie Gray — the black man whose death in Baltimore police custody sparked weeks of unrest — socked a plainclothes cop in the face Thursday at a Brooklyn subway station, police sources said.
An officer spotted farebeater Marsaay Gray, 26, walking through an emergency exit at the Myrtle – Willoughby Avenue G train station about 3:45 p.m., sources said.
When the cop approached him, Gray bolted, but he didn’t get far.
He punched the officer in the face — and was then pepper-sprayed and tackled to the ground, police sources said.
The cop suffered a cut inside his mouth and pain, redness and swelling to the left side of his face, sources said.
The fare-evader allegedly told arresting officers that his cousin is Freddie Gray, the Baltimore man who died in April 2015 after suffering a spinal cord injury while in police custody.
The injured officer and Marsaay were taken to nearby hospitals.
Marsaay, who lives in East New York, was held on $3,500 bail following his arraignment early Friday afternoon in Brooklyn criminal court.
He’s charged with assault, resisting arrest, theft of services and attempted assault.
Marsaay’s attorney didn’t immediately return messages seeking comment.
Sources said his rap sheet includes 26 arrests dating back to 2006, mostly for turnstile jumping and drug and weapons possession.
Freddie, who is black, died in April 2015 after suffering critical injuries while in the back of a police van.
His death spurred weeks of mass rioting and looting in Baltimore and elsewhere in the nation.
The six cops were charged in connection to his death but all were eventually acquitted.
Source: New York Post | Shawn Cohen, Larry Celona and Kenneth Garger