Queen, NY – An on-duty, plain clothes New York Police Department (NYPD) officer bit into a cheesesteak and cut his mouth on a razor blade on Thursday.
The incident occurred at about 4:30 p.m. on Dec. 5 when the officer stopped at the Bon Appetit restaurant located on Beach Avenue in Rockaway Park, WABC reported.
NYPD Detective Sophia Mason told Blue Lives Matter that the officer bit into a cheesesteak he had purchased and “felt a hard metal object in his mouth.”
Det. Mason said the officer pulled out a razor blade that had been in the sandwich.
She said the officer was treated for an injury to his mouth at a local hospital and released.
“We are investigating to see how it happened,” Det. Mason told Blue Lives Matter.
She reiterated that the officer was working in plain clothes and was not uniform but said police aren’t sure whether restaurant employees were aware he was in law enforcement.
The officer, who is a member of NYPD’s Critical Response Command, was driving a marked police vehicle when he arrived at the restaurant, the New York Daily News reported.
Newly-installed New York Police Commissioner Dermot Shea posted a photo of the razor blade to his official Twitter.
“To repeat: The NYPD has ZERO tolerance for acts of violence against our police officers. A sandwich bought at a Queens deli on Thurs. contained a razor blade that cut the inside of a @NYPDCT cop’s mouth. He’ll be OK, but a full investigation into this abhorrent act is underway,” Commissioner Shea tweeted.