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Target shoplifter reportedly injures cop trying to get away

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Police are looking for a man they say stole some appliances fro the Marble Hill Target store, and then injured a police officer while trying to get away.
Police are looking for a man they say stole some appliances fro the Marble Hill Target store, and then injured a police officer while trying to get away.
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Police are looking for a man they claim tried to steal some appliances from the Target store in Marble Hill before his encounter with law enforcement became physical.

The man walked into Target just before 3 p.m., on Tuesday, according to officers with the New York Police Department's 52nd Precinct, and tried to walk off with a coffee maker and air fryer that he didn't pay for. By the time officers arrived, the man was already leaving the West 225th Street store.

When an officer tried to arrest him, the man pushed him to the ground, according to police, before running into a nearby residential building at 2811 Exterior St. The man apparently ran through the front lobby and out the back door, and then disappeared after that.

The officer was taken to a nearby hospital where his was treated for a fractured knee. 

The man is described as about 40 years old, dark complexion, 5-foot-9 and 185 pounds. He also had a bald head. He was last seen wearing a dark-colored jacket, dark jeans and gray sneakers.

Video of the suspect is available by clicking here.

Anyone with information about the man is asked to call the NYPD CrimeStoppers hotline at (800) 577-8477, or visit online at NYPDCrimeStoppers.com. Information also can be sent through Twitter using @NYPDTips

All calls, police say, are strictly confidential.