The Internal Affairs Bureau arrested rookie Ariel Frias, 27, this morning on misdemeanor assault charges in the Jan. 8, off-duty beating of Edwin Veloz at Mamajuana Café on Dyckman Street.
The beating left Veloz with brain damage, court records show.
Frias’ accomplice, Javier Delarosa, 23, turned himself in days after the beating but Frias remained at large even as the police department issued an appeal for the public to help identify the perp.
Frias is a police officer whose job it is toorder equipment and supplies for the department.
Dramatic video allegedly shows the cop and a pal punching the victim out cold. Witnesses said at the time that Veloz could be heard snoring immediately after the incident.
The incident led to Community Board 12 voting to oppose Mamajuana's request for a liquor license at a second establishment in the neighborhood.
Neither Frias nor his defense attorney immediately responded to calls for comment.