Police: Orlando officer injured in ‘unprovoked’ attack while working crossing guard duty

ORLANDO, Fla. — An Orlando man was arrested after police say he randomly attacked an officer who was working crossing guard duty Thursday afternoon.


According to the police department, the officer was sitting in his patrol car at the intersection of North John Young Parkway and West Harwood Street around 4:20 p.m. when a man approached and began banging on the car.

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Police say the officer called for assistance then got out of his car. That’s when the suspect, later identified as 33-year-old James Mossetty, physically attacked the officer.

Detectives at OPD headquarters were able to access a live feed from the officers body-worn camera and monitor the fight as it happened even though he was unable to communicate over his radio, according to the police department.

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More officers responded to the scene and took Mossetty into custody.

The officer Mossetty attacked was taken to the hospital as a precaution and is expected to be released Thursday.

Police say Mossetty was also taken to the hospital to be treated for minor injures before he was booked into the Orange County jail.

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Mossetty has been charged with aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer, depriving an officer of their means of communication, and resisting an officer with violence.

He’s being held on a total of $10,250 bond.

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