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The man accused of severely beating an off-duty NYPD officer in Queens this weekend has been charged with attempted murder. According to a criminal complaint, 29-year-old Hayden Holder had "a verbal dispute with the victim," off-duty Sergeant Mohammed Deen, before repeatedly punching Deen to the point of unconsciousness and "picking the victim's head up and slamming it onto the pavement and shattered glass that is on top of the pavement."
The complaint references the video taken by a man who cheered on Holder's actions before urging him to stop beating Deen, whose wife was sitting in their car a few feet away.
The complaint does not state how the altercation began outside the St. John's Express restaurant in Ozone Park at around 4:40 a.m. on Sunday morning, but notes that Deen "suffered multiple facial fractures as well as hemorrhaging on his brain…the victim is currently in a medically induced coma."
Holder is charged with second degree attempted murder and two counts of felony assault, and was held without bail at his arraignment earlier today. Holder's attorney told CBS that both men were drunk when they began arguing at a nightclub near the diner.