A New York City police lieutenant who was previously accused of sexual harassment by a female subordinate of a trailblazer has now been accused of beating and kidnapping a date, authorities announced.
New York City Police Department Officer Harriton Malakilian, 45, was arrested on December 1, 2022, following an investigation into a domestic violence incident that occurred on December 19, 2022 in Paterson, New Jersey. According to the Passaic County Prosecutor's Office.
Malakilian is accused of kidnapping and assaulting an unidentified woman who had gone to a restaurant with friends, authorities said, and the woman was seriously injured in the attack.
The officer allegedly choked the woman, leaving “visible marks” on her neck, repeatedly slammed her head against the dashboard of her car and punched her in the face, according to a criminal complaint.
The woman said in her complaint that the assault “lasted what felt like hours” both inside and outside the vehicle.
She was able to escape from the vehicle at one point, but the officer chased her, “lifted her over her head and threw her to the ground,” the documents state.
During the assault, the woman suffered facial injuries, including a cut to her eye and a bloody nose, according to the complaint, which added that Malakilian took her cell phone to prevent her from calling for help, but she begged a passerby. – By calling the police.
The woman then allegedly told Paterson police that she did not want medical assistance and that she referred to Malakilian as a “friend.”
According to the documents, Malakilian said the two had been having an “infidelity” and that they had just had an “argument” and that he just wanted to go home to his loved ones.
He was charged with first-degree kidnapping, two counts of second-degree aggravated assault, third-degree criminal restraint, and third-degree criminal coercion.
The suspect attempted to submit his resignation to NYPD headquarters after the incident, but authorities discovered a warrant for his arrest and his resignation was put on hold until the case was resolved, sources told the Post. He was suspended without pay.
At the court hearing, Malakilian's attorney, Joshua Stevens, told the judge that his client was a father of two and a decorated retired New York City police officer with 19 years of service. He said he was a military man. He is an Iraq War veteran. ”
The lawyer said it was Malakilian. I suffer from PTSD.
The Post has reached out to Stevens for comment.
In 2020, a New York City police narcotics agent claimed that Mr. Malakilian repeatedly harassed her with questions about her sex life and that she was the subject of an internal affairs investigation after she complained about him.
Sharon Carolyn Bari, a retired Army major and the first Indo-Guyanese woman to become a captain, also claimed in a written statement that Malakilian “attempted to enter the executive's shared bathroom on several occasions.”[sic] From December 2019 to June 2020 [she was] Taking a shower. “
According to the New York Daily News, Mr. Bali sought $5 million and settled with the city for $800,000.
-Additional reporting by Amanda Woods and Tina Moore