An NYPD officer turned himself over to authorities on Thursday after police released video identifying him as a suspect in a Dec. 23 attack on an MTA worker.
Police said Officer Mirjan Lolja, 37, was suspended without pay after he came forward at Harlem’s 25th precinct stationhouse, where he works.
On Wednesday, police said an MTA worker was on the southbound D train platform at East Tremont Avenue when at 2:30 a.m. she was grabbed from behind in a bear hug and pushed to the floor before her assailant began to choke her.
Surveillance video released on Wednesday showed the assailant, now known to be Lolja, fleeing the station on foot with a smile on his face.
According to the Daily News, Lolja said he was in an argument with the MTA worker after she cursed at him when he asked when the next train would arrive.
The News reported Lolja said the worker cursed at him, and that she started the scuffle when he pulled out the phone to take a picture of her.
The MTA worker was taken to an area hospital and treated for minor injuries to her head, neck and back.