British soldiers arrested in assault, robbery of NYPD cop: police
Six British soldiers were arrested for assaulting and robbing an off-duty cop in Manhattan early Friday morning, police said.
The soldiers, with the Royal Regiment of Scotland, assaulted the 33-year-old NYPD officer outside Mercury Bar in Midtown around 4:30 a.m., police said.
Prior to the fight, they were visiting the city to play a rugby match against NYPD officers. A scuffle began after an NYPD cop started talking to one of the soldiers’ female friends, according to the Daily Record.Iosesof Yazala was charged with robbery and assault. Iliakini Raderua, Thomas Shute, Felite Vunisarati, Mosese Kuruala and Joeli Raduva were all charged with assault, police said.
One soldier is accused of stealing the policeman’s phone and a chain while the cop tried to call 911. Another soldier allegedly punched the cop’s friend.
It was not clear whether all six who were arrested were involved in the incident.
A spokesperson for the British Military of Defense told the Record that they were “aware” of the fight.
“All those who are found to fall short of the Army’s high standards will face disciplinary action, up to discharge if appropriate,” they said in a statement to the Record.
Danielle Tcholakian contributed reporting. Follow Anna Sanders on Twitter: @AnnaESanders