An on-duty NYPD officer was taken to the hospital after suffering injuries Thursday after biting in to a razor blade stuffed inside a steak sandwich he had purchased from a deli in Queens.
After biting into the sandwich, the officer allegedly felt a “hard metal object” in his mouth and subsequently removed a razor blade.
The nasty surprise was tucked inside the hero he’d purchased around 4:30 p.m. from Bon Appetit Specialty Food Store on Beach 129th Street in Belle Harbor.
To repeat: The NYPD has ZERO tolerance for acts of violence against our police officers. A sandwich bought at a Queens deli on Thurs. contained a razor blade that cut the inside of a @NYPDCT cop’s mouth. He’ll be OK, but a full investigation into this abhorrent act is underway. pic.twitter.com/nljW9Er2Uw
— Commissioner Shea (@NYPDShea) December 6, 2019
The 24-year veteran, assigned to the critical response command in the counter-terrorism bureau, suffered cut in his mouth and was treated at Nassau University Medical Center.
A woman at the eatery — which sells “Italian Specialty Sandwiches” named after actors like Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci and “Signature Heroes” for Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez — declined to put a reporter in touch with the manager.
“The manager is busy right now. He is in the back with the cops,” she said.
Sources said police tried to gain access to the security cameras inside the deli but management refused to give it to them.
Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association president Pat Lynch called the harrowing incident a “sad state of affairs in our city.”
“Cops have to wonder whether we can safely eat a meal in the neighborhoods we protect,” he said. “We cannot allow this disturbing incident to be swept under the rug. It must be investigated, and if it was anything other than an accident, those responsible need to be put behind bars.”