According to the Daily News, Brandon Morrison, 28, apparently got into an argument with his former girlfriend while driving her to the Best Buy on Union Square around 7 p.m.
An NYPD spokesperson said that Morrison then punched and choked the woman.
To the News:
She tried to escape at the corner of E. 12th St. and First Ave., and he floored it to Second Ave. as she hung out of his car, cops said.
The woman managed to escape and flag down a cab, but Morrison tried to pull her back into his vehicle and grabbed her bag, police said.
By then, witnesses were gathering, and two officers approached them. Morrison threw his former flame’s purse at one of the cops and sped away, authorities said.
Morrison was apprehended on Second Street and First Avenue.
A video a witness to the arrest took shows Morrison claiming that the woman used pepper spray on him.
He was charged with robbery, assault, criminal possession of stolen property, criminal obstruction of breathing, unlawful imprisonment and reckless driving.
The Daily News has a follow-up article, reporting that Morrison was held on $20,000 bail. He is also on probation for wire services fraud in Pennsylvania, per the DA's office.