retired NYPD detective was mercilessly beaten and knocked unconscious by a Manhattan homeless man in a harrowing attack caught on camera.
The 56-year-old retiree was at a deli on W. 39th St. near Ninth Ave. at 9:10 a.m. on Aug. 11 when he asked 20-year-old Masterjardin Roman to stop panhandling in front of the store, police sources said.
The ensuing clash between the two men was caught on surveillance video obtained by the Daily News. After about a minute of arguing, Roman, who lives in a shelter on W. 41st St., threw a bottle at the former detective who then chased after Roman.
As the two struggled on the sidewalk, Roman tackled the older man to the ground, causing the retired cop to briefly lose consciousness, officials said.
Roman landed 16 punches on the cop before he got up, briefly walked away, then ran back and kicked the retiree in the face, the video shows.
He then walked off with a friend who watched the entire attack, the clip shows.
The retired detective, who lives in Monroe, Orange County was taken to Mount Sinai Morningside with bruises, cuts and a possible head fracture, police said.
Cops arrested Roman on Ninth Ave. near W. 34th St. two days later, about five blocks from the original attack. When officers took him into custody, Roman had a machete in his backpack, officials said.
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It was not immediately clear if Roman had the machete on him when he attacked the retired officer.