Cop Strikes Out With Citifield Ban
By LIZ GOFF
The drunken, off-duty cop who was thrown out of Citi Field in the middle of a May 16 Mets game struck out last week when a Queens judge banned him from the Mets Queens stadium for a year.
Eduardo Cornejo, 30, pleaded guilty to taking a better seat during the Amazin’s May 16 game with the Cincinnati Reds.
The seven-year NYPD veteran was off-duty when he moved from his nosebleed seat to the Party City Deck in left field at Citifield. The seats offer a better view of play, along with food and beverage packages for tickets that cost $200 to $300.
When a guest-services agent spotted Cornejo and demanded he leave the seat, the off-duty cop refused. A Citifield security guard then called over an NYPD sergeant who handcuffed and arrested him.
Cornejo, who works in the 67th Precinct in Brooklyn, was arraigned in Queens Supreme Court on a criminal trespassing charge and was released without bail.
Cornejo was suspended from his job pending the outcome of the case, police said. He will now have to undergo an internal NYPD investigation and could be fired, police said.
“He was in a seat ha had not paid for,” Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said. “It’s that simple.”