NEW YORK -- Even by the standards of New York subway riders, this rumble was a doozy. Two cops, four women and a dog named Bear were involved, and while Bear suffered four broken teeth, a cut tongue and a scuffed snout, police say they and their canine partner came out on top.
It all began at about 11:15 a.m. Tuesday on the southbound platform of the No. 4 express train at 59th Street and Lexington Avenue, one of the busiest stations in Manhattan.
According to a statement from police spokesman Paul Browne, an officer on duty came upon a fight involving four women. One of them, age 19, was being choked by a second 19-year-old. Two other women, 22 and 31, were watching. When the officer, Rafael Diaz, tried to stop the assault, the older women turned on Diaz and pushed him, Browne said.
That's when Bear and his human partner, Officer Vincent Tieniber, arrived on the scene. As Tieniber was putting handcuffs on the 22-year-old, she began thrashing and kicking. Tieniber suffered a sprained wrist. Bear, a 6-year-old German shepherd, was kicked twice in the mouth.