TWO men have been arrested and charged after a female police officer was ambushed, knocked unconscious and had her keys stolen while on duty in Sydney’s inner west.
The dramatic scenes played out in Newtown around 8.45pm last night. Police say they were patrolling King Street when they heard banging on the rear of their vehicle.
The officers – a male constable and female leading senior constable – stepped out of their patrol car and spoke to a 38-year-old man.
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It’s alleged the man then assaulted then lashed out and assaulted the senior female officer.
A violent struggle then followed as the officers attempted to restrain the man, during which the female officer was knocked unconscious after falling to the ground and striking her head.
Police were forced to deploy their pepper spray to subdue the violent 38-year-old man. He was eventually arrested after additional police were called in to help.
A bystander who witnesses the attack rendered assistance to the female officer until ambulance officers arrived.
The senior officer was taken to Royal Prince Alfred Hospital where she remains in a stable condition.
A second man, aged 47, was also arrested after he allegedly snatched several police items, including a set of keys and a search glove.
Both men were taken to Newtown Police Station where the 38-year-old was charged with assault officer, resist arrest and larceny. He was refused bail to appear before Parramatta Local Court today.
The 47-year-old man was issued a field court attendance notice for hindering police and will front Newtown Local Court next month.