In mid-June, NYPD officer Eugene Donnelly was given the department’s second-highest honor, the Police Combat Cross, for arresting a man who fired at him in 2012. The 27-year-old decided to celebrate the award with a night of drinking, which is normal enough. What he did after passing out at a pal’s apartment in Woodlawn was less normal, though definitely not unprecedented.
According to the New York Daily News, Donnelly woke up sometime in the middle of the night and, wearing only his underwear, wandered out of a Bronx building. After he went back inside, he mistook a neighbor’s apartment for his friend’s place (or something) and broke down the door. Donnelly then walked into the bedroom of the 30-year-old woman who lived there, a complete stranger, and punched her more than 20 times in her bed. He also drank a carton of milk he found in the fridge before fleeing.
Luckily, a surveillance camera captured some of Donnelly’s disturbing late-night episode, and his photo was distributed around the neighborhood before the NYPD realized that the suspect was one of their own. The Daily News reports that he was placed on modified duty and stripped of his gun and badge after the incident. On Monday, he was finally arrested and charged with misdemeanor assault and burglary, and has now been suspended without pay. At least he wasn’t carrying a weapon when he felt compelled to attack a random person, unlike that other guy.