DA Vance: John Pica Pleads Guilty to Assaulting a Police Officer in East Harlem

June 8, 2015

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., today announced the guilty plea of JOHN PICA, 26, for the 2014 assault of a police officer. The defendant pleaded guilty in New York State Supreme Court to Assault on a Police Officer. He is expected to be sentenced on July 9, 2015.

“John Pica turned what should have been a routine conversation with approaching police officers into a violent encounter that sent one to the hospital,” said District Attorney Vance. “Each day, the men and women of the NYPD put their lives on the line to protect those who live, work, and visit New York City. These brave officers deserve our utmost respect and gratitude, and acts of violence against them will not be tolerated.”

As admitted in the defendant’s guilty plea, at approximately 1:20 a.m. on July 20, 2014, PICA was in the lobby of a New York City Housing Authority building on Park Avenue, near 105th Street in East Harlem. When two police officers approached him, PICA attempted to flee, pushing a female officer from the Patrol Borough Manhattan North as he ran towards the lobby’s exit. The officer grabbed onto the defendant’s hooded sweatshirt as he passed; however, he broke free from the officer, running down a flight of steps and, in the process, causing the officer to fall face-first onto the steps. The officer suffered extensive injuries from the fall, including broken teeth and cuts to her face.  

Assistant District Attorney Chloe Jones handled the prosecution of the case, under the supervision of Assistant District Attorney William Mahoney, Chief of Trial Bureau 60, and Executive Assistant Attorney John Irwin, Chief of the Trial Division. Paralegal Clara Von Loebenstein also assisted with the case.

DA Vance thanked the members of the 23rd Precinct Detective’s Squad, including Detectives Michael Haverty and Zedekiah Jennings. 

Defendant Information:

JOHN PICA, D.O.B. 7/3/1988
New York, NY

•    Assault on a Peace Officer, Police Officer, Fireman or Emergency Medical Services Professional, a class C felony, one count