Suspect arrested in assault of utility worker in East Meadow

Nassau police confirm that they have arrested a suspect in connection with an attack that left an out-of-state utility worker hospitalized.John Applewhite, 34, of Florida,

EAST MEADOW - Nassau police confirm that they have arrested a suspect in connection with an attack that left an out-of-state utility worker hospitalized.

John Applewhite, 34, of Florida, was walking into a restaurant in East Meadow with his crew when, according to police, Thomas Libretto, 34, of Levittown, got out of his car and punched Applewhite in the face. Applewhite suffered a black eye and a broken jaw. A fellow utility worker was bitten by the attacker before the man sped off.

Applewhite, who has since returned to Florida, says that despite the ordeal, he feels sympathetic for the storm victims and that many only had kind words for him and his fellow utility workers.

Police: FL utility worker assaulted by man in East Meadow

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Top 5 Must See

The footage was shared online by Thomas Marrone, 1 Video appears to show abuse inside NYDogWorks in Oceanside
Executive director of the Maritime Museum Terry Blipman 2 LI Maritime Museum hosts Dutch Christmas Festival
Police say James Burke, 76, veered off the 3 Police: Medical event led to fatal crash in Huntington Station
Empire State Development Corp. canceled its 4-year-old request 4 Plans for Belmont Park soccer stadium nixed by state
Angela Conte-Gentille says she remembers growing up in 5 Facebook post fuels push for East Meadow Ave. decorations

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Features

Need help this holiday season? We've got you Holiday Help Series

Need a gift idea? Perhaps you need a fun idea to do with the kids?

Each week a different shelter visits News 12 Dog Day Fridays Series

Each week a different shelter visits News 12 Long Island with pets up for adoption.

Sorry to interrupt...

Your first 5 are free

Access to News12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service Electric℠ video customers.

Please enjoy 5 complimentary views to articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.

LOGIN SUBSCRIBE