Off-Duty Detective Charged With Assaulting Officer and Resisting Arrest

An off-duty city police detective assaulted a police officer who was trying to arrest him on drunken-driving charges in Upper Manhattan early Monday, the police said.

The detective, Harold Thomas, 49, was driving a Cadillac Escalade at Dyckman and Staff Streets in Inwood just after midnight when he was pulled over because his car resembled one that the police were looking for in connection with another matter, the police said.

The vehicle was the wrong one, but officers noticed that its driver, Detective Thomas, was “acting belligerently, apparently because he was inebriated,” a police spokesman said.

When an officer tried to arrest Detective Thomas, he resisted and assaulted the officer, though he did not inflict serious injuries, the police said. Detective Thomas is accused of drunken driving, obstructing governmental administration and refusing to take a breath test, in addition to assault and resisting arrest. He has been suspended without pay.

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Mother of Queens 2-Year-Old Charged in His Murder

Updated, 12:29 p.m. | The mother of a 2-year-old Queens boy was arrested Monday on charges of murdering him, the police said. The boy, Izayah Hall, was found strangled Friday evening inside his family’s apartment at 155-14 Jewel Avenue in the Pomonok public-housing complex, the police said.

His mother, Afriyie Gaspard, 29, is to be charged with manslaughter and murder, the police said.

After Izayah’s death, his five siblings were placed in the care of the city’s child welfare agency, the Administration for Children’s Services, the agency said. It would not immediately say whether it had a history of contact with the family prior to Izayah’s death.

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