Altercation in Valley Stream Leads to Arrests of Mother and Son for Assault and Resisting

According to Nassau County detectives, Manai A. Frank (eft) is charged with Assault 2nd Degree. Brigitte Atta-Poku is charged with Assault 2nd Degree and Resisting Arrest. 

VALLEY STREAM, NY – A welfare check took an unexpected turn on Sunday, February 25, 2024, resulting in the arrest of two individuals. Brigitte Atta-Poku, 43, and her son, Manai A. Frank, 23, were taken into custody following an altercation with law enforcement officers.

Nassau County detectives responded to a residence in Valley Stream after receiving a call for a welfare check. Upon arrival, they discovered that Brigitte Atta-Poku required medical attention and evaluation. However, the situation quickly escalated as Atta-Poku became violent and combative, striking an officer multiple times. In a shocking turn of events, she even bit a Nassau County Police Medic who was attempting to assist.

During the chaotic struggle, Manai A. Frank intervened and aggressively pushed the police medic. The officer and medic sustained injuries as a result of the altercation and were subsequently transported to a local hospital for treatment.

Both Atta-Poku and Frank were promptly placed under arrest and now face serious charges. Brigitte Atta-Poku is charged with Assault in the Second Degree and Resisting Arrest, while Manai A. Frank is charged solely with Assault in the Second Degree.

The legal proceedings for both defendants are scheduled to take place today, Monday, February 26, 2024, at the First District Court located at 99 Main Street in Hempstead.

This incident serves as a reminder of the unpredictable nature of law enforcement work and the potential dangers officers face in the line of duty. The Nassau County Police Department is committed to ensuring the safety of its officers and will diligently pursue justice in this case.

Important: This story is categorized as a crime story and thus it is important to note that charges are accusations and defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
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