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Charges Dropped For N.J. Man Accused Of Punching, Injuring Man In Hell's Kitchen

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) -- Charges were dropped Tuesday against a man accused of punching another man in the face following an argument in Hell's Kitchen last summer.

The Manhattan District Attorney's office dropped charges against Corey Pohan, 32, on the grounds that the case could not be proven beyond a reasonable doubt, CBS2 confirmed.

Pohan was allegedly seen on video punching Paul Martone, 55, in the face on the corner of 55th Street and Ninth Avenue in Hell's Kitchen in July, police said.

Sources told CBS 2 the incident with Martone started when Pohan allegedly stepped over Martone's dog, leading to a quarrel.

After being punched, Martone fell backwards and hit his head on the pavement. He suffered a serious head injury.

Pohan was tracked down in New Jersey, and was later hit with separate charges of criminal trespassing there after police said he climbed on top of a toll plaza on the New Jersey Turnpike while being transported to New York City.

Pohan jumped out of the back of an unmarked car as it neared the 16E/18E toll plaza on the Turnpike, police said. He then climbed up to the rooftop of the toll plaza, where troopers found him hiding, police said.

Pohan pleaded guilty to the trespassing charge and was sentenced to time served after being held for 13 days.

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