According to the NYPD, Bates was arrested around 3 a.m. for failure to pay a cab fare in front of the Hampton Inn Hotel. He was then taken to the 115th Precinct without incident to be processed. Bates refused to be fingerprinted, the NYPD said. Bates said he did not like the officer in the area and when a sergeant entered the processing area, Bates punched the sergeant in the eye.
Bates, 25, is facing a felony charge of assaulting a police officer along with misdemeanor charges for resisting arrest and failing to pay a cab fare.
The police officer was taken to the New York Presbyterian Hospital-Queens to be treated for a concussion and a cut above his eye, which required three stitches. He was released from the hospital.
Bates was detained and taken to Elmhurst Hospital for evaluation. He is currently in custody at the Jackson Heights precinct awaiting a court date.