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NYC: SEE IT: Retired NYPD detective beaten unconscious by Manhattan homeless man

A retired NYPD detective was mercilessly beaten and knocked unconscious by a Manhattan homeless man in a harrowing attack caught on camera.

The 56-year-old retiree, a resident of Monroe, N.Y. was at a deli on W. 39th St. near Ninth Ave. at 9:10 a.m. on Aug. 11 when he asked 20-year-old Masterjardin Roman to stop panhandling in front of the store, police sources said.

The ensuing clash between the two men was caught on surveillance video obtained by the Daily News. After about a minute of arguing, Roman, who lives in a shelter on W. 41st St., threw a bottle at the former detective who then chased after Roman.

As the two struggled on the sidewalk, Roman tackled the older man to the ground, causing the retired cop to briefly lose consciousness, officials said.

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