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NYPD on hunt for Samuel Thornton, 21, in beating of female cop, gun theft

Samuel Thornton allegedly took 41-year-old cop's gold chain and service revolver.

The NYPD says it is hot on the heels of a 21-year-old man who brutally beat an off-duty female cop in the Bronx and stole her gun.

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Cops have identified the man as Samuel Thornton. At about 5 a.m. on Wednesday, he attacked the 41-year-old woman inside a garage at Bronx Blvd and East 226 Street.

"The suspect snatched the victim's gold chain from around her neck and demanded her wallet," according to cops.

"The officer reached into her bag but the suspect grabbed her bag, and punched her in the face causing her to fall. The suspect grabbed the officer's property and fled on foot to parts unknown. The officer sustained abrasions and contusion to her face. She was transported to Montefiore Hospital in stable condition."

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Thornton is described as a male Black who is approximately 6'0" tall and 150lbs.

At the time of the attack, cops say he was wearing a white tank top, dark pants, and a watch on his left wrist.

The officer works in Harlem and has been on the force for a decade.

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Call the NYPD's Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS to help cops catch the suspect.

Alternatively, log on to www.nypdcrimestoppers.com or text tips to 274637(CRIMES), then enter TIP577.

John A. Oswald is editor-at-large at Metro and can be found on Twitter@nyc_oz.
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