Video captures New York City Parks employee jumping into taekwondo action


The video shows a city parks worker with a black belt in taekwondo performing his best martial arts moves to fight off a thug in Riverside Park.

The NYPD released cellphone video of the confrontation and photos in hopes of finding the puncher.
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The attacker had swept away a park solar panel around 8 p.m. on June 6 in the park at Riverside Drive and West 79th Street in Manhattan – and punched another park worker who tried to arrest him, cops say.

That’s when the 29-year-old martial arts-trained worker swung into action, throwing classic kicks at the attacker.

The attacker had stolen a solar panel from the park around 8 p.m. on June 6 in Riverside Park.
The attacker had stolen a solar panel from the park around 8 p.m. on June 6 in Riverside Park.
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The suspect, who was dressed in black, eventually escaped on his scooter – but not before he was forced to leave the solar panel behind.

The stricken victim suffered a cut to the face and was treated at the scene by emergency medical services.

The NYPD released cellphone video of the confrontation and photos in hopes of locating the puncher.

The video shows a city parks worker with a black belt in taekwondo performing his best martial arts moves to fight off a thug in Riverside Park.
The video shows a city parks worker with a black belt in taekwondo performing his best martial arts moves to fight off a thug in Riverside Park.
DCPI

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782 ). The public can also submit tips by logging on to the Crime Stoppers website at https://crimestoppers.nypdonline.org/, or on Twitter @NYPDTips.

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