A police officer was injured after he took a bite out of a sandwich with a razor blade hidden inside.
The New York Police Department confirmed an officer from their counter-terrorism bureau found the razor in a sandwich purchased from a deli in Queens, NY on Thursday (local time).
The officer was on-duty and dressed in plain clothes when he ordered the food.
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
He was taken to hospital and released a short time later, but the NYPD are taking the incident seriously with Commissioner Demot Shea tweeting a full investigation had been launched into “abhorrent act”.
“The NYPD has zero tolerance for acts of violence against our police officers,” Commissioner Shea tweeted, along with a photo of the contaminated food.
NYPD media confirmed the food came from Bon Appetit on 418 Beach 129th Street at Rockaway Park, an eatery popular with local police officers, US news outlet The Rockaway Times reported.
No arrests have been made, but a spokesperson for the deli released a statement published on Fox News.
“If given the opportunity, the management of Bon Appetit would like to personally apologise to the officer and the rest of the local law enforcement community,” it read.
The eatery is cooperating with the investigation and said it was “deeply concerned” by the incident.
“We use a variety of tools to prepare our food, but none should ever be found in any food item meant for customer consumption,” the statement added.
The NYPD said the investigation was ongoing.
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