An officer with the New York City Police Department has been charged for breaking into a woman’s home and assaulting her just hours after he received a prestigious award recognizing his heroism.
Officer Eugene Donnelly was awarded the Police Combat Cross, the NYPD’s second-highest honor, in June during a ceremony at One Police Plaza. He was recognized for his heroism after taking down a gunman who fired at him while he was off-duty in May 2012, a local NBC affiliate reported.
After the ceremony, Officer Donnelly, 27, allegedly got drunk and stayed at a friend’s house in Woodlawn. He woke up in the middle of the night and left the apartment wearing only his underwear. Upon returning, the off-duty officer mistook the victim’s apartment for his friend’s and broke down the door, law enforcement sources told the New York Daily Daily News.
Officer Donnelly made his way into the 30-year-old woman’s bedroom and allegedly beat her while she was still in her bed, punching her more than 20 times as she tried to get away.
“I’m a good guy, but sometimes I’m a bad guy,” he allegedly said to her during the attack.
The man also drank from a milk container that was in the victim’s refrigerator before fleeing the scene, sources told the Daily News.
The woman suffered cuts, bleeding, pain, swelling and bruising, according to a criminal complaint.
Officer Donnelly was charged Monday with misdemeanor assault and burglary. He was suspended from the NYPD without pay. He is due back in court Aug. 20.