Surfer charged with sucker-punching Manhattan pedestrian has Bergenfield roots, authorities say

A man with roots in Bergenfield who authorities said was caught on cellphone video sucker-punching a bartender in the face in Hell’s Kitchen — then jumped out of a police car on his way to being questioned — has posted photos of himself on Facebook surfing at exotic locations around the world.

Photo Credit: Cliffview Pilot File Photo
Photo Credit: Cliffview Pilot

NYPD detectives grabbed 32-year-old Corey Pohan at his mother’s house in Lakewood yesterday after Tuesday’s incident was broadcast on metropolitan-area television and posted online.

They were headed back to Manhattan, State Police said, when Pohan hopped out of the car at the New Jersey Turnpike 16E/18E toll plaza in Secaucus. A trooper found him hiding on the roof of the toll plaza, State Police said.

He was being held without bail in the Hudson County Jail pending extradition.

Pohan recently described himself on Facebook: “32 years single male never married, six pack sicker then its ever bin, hair more blonde, eyes more green. Living in Manhattan in the summers and travelling the world in the winters. I thank [G]od that I am in the best shape of my life without a wife and so much opportunities for the future. For all my brothers who still have this life style we are so blessed.”

Authorities said Pohan punched 49-year-old Paul Martone at the corner of West 55th Street and Ninth Avenue on Tuesday after an argument began between the victim’s companion and Pohan over a 4-year-old chihuahua named Peanuts.

Martone’s companion apparently got upset when Pohan stepped over the dog. Martone joined the argument with Pohan, who the NYPD said followed him down the street.

Cellphone camera video shows the punch, followed by Pohan running from the scene as Martone goes down.

Martone reportedly sustained a head injury after hitting his head on the pavement.

Pohan already was developing a reputation after arguing with an employee at a Columbus Circle bicycle rental stand, according to city media reports.


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