UNIONDALE, Long Island (WABC) -- A Nassau County police officer is recovering after authorities say she was punched in the face by a burglary suspect.
On Sunday morning, police responded to the Tesoro Café in Uniondale for a man who had thrown a brick through the front window.
Officers tried to arrest the suspect, 26-year-old Edicson Cartagena, when he spit into the eye of one of the officers and punched her several times in the right eye, police said.
After a brief struggle Cartagena was placed into police custody.
The officer was transported to a nearby hospital and treated for her injuries.
Proceeds consisting of three Gatorade drinks were recovered.
Cartagena is charged with burglary, petit larceny, criminal mischief, resisting arrest, criminal trespass and assault.
Burglary suspect accused of punching police officer in the face in Uniondale, Long Island