2017-05-10 / Features

Off-Duty NYPD Officer Stabbed In Stranger Assault

An off-duty NYPD officer was stabbed in the arm on Saturday night when he tried to stop an unknown Queens teenager from entering his East Elmhurst home.

Police said Police Officer Luis Diaz, 43, was celebrating his daughter’s First Communion with family and friends at his home on 94th Street, near 30th Avenue, at about 9:30 p.m. on May 6, when he heard his wife arguing with a man at their front door.

Diaz’s wife told police she confronted Diego Zelasco, 18, a stranger, when she saw him trying to enter the home. She called for her husband when Zelasco refused to leave, a police source said. Zelasco, of 144th Street in Jamaica, stabbed Diaz once in the left arm as he tried to force the teen out of the home. Police arrived at the scene moments later and took Zelasco into custody.

Diaz was taken to New York Presbyterian Hospital of Queens, where he was treated and released. Zelasco was taken to the same hospital where he was treated for minor injuries. He remained in police custody at the hospital, awaiting arraignment on two charges of felony assault of a police officer.—Liz Goff

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