A New York City man has been accused of assaulting a Nassau County police officer who was arresting him on suspicion of credit card fraud and identity theft in Massapequa on Tuesday afternoon.

Omar Sepulveda tried to buy a 2013 Suzuki four-wheeled ATV from Island Power Sports on Sunrise Highway using a fraudulent Bank of America Visa card and a fraudulent American Express Platinum card at 2:37 p.m., police said.

The clerk called 911 upon learning that both cards were fraudulent, police said. The 30-year-old Bronx man fled but was stopped shortly later by an officer with whom he got into a scuffle, police said.

Sepulveda flailed his arms and kicked his legs while resisting arrest but was eventually taken into custody, police said.

The officer was taken to a local hospital where he was treated for a sprained knee.

Sepulveda was charged with assault, attempted grand larceny, criminal possession of a forged instrument, identity theft, forgery and resisting arrest.

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He will be arraigned Wednesday at First District Court in Hempstead.


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Timothy Bolger is the Managing Editor for the Long Island Press who’s been working to uncover unreported stories since shortly after it launched in 2003. When he’s not editing, getting hassled by The Man or fielding cold calls to the newsroom, he covers crime, general interest and political news in addition to reporting longer, sometimes investigative features. He won’t be happy until everyone is as pissed off as he is about how screwed up Lawn Guyland is.