LONG BRANCH, N.J. — Authorities say a police officer investigating suspicious activity was beaten and knocked unconscious by a suspect he had captured after a foot chase.

Long Branch police tell the Asbury Park Press (http://on.app.com/2d4LqHa) that the attack occurred around 2 a.m. Tuesday.

Michael Monahan was on duty when he saw several people holding flashlights near an abandoned building. The people fled on foot as Monahan got out of his car.

Monahan caught one suspect but was soon struck on the back of the head. He was later found by some other officers who had been trying to contact him via police radio.

Monahan was being evaluated at a hospital and is expected to recover. But further details on his condition were not released.

The New Jersey State PBA is offering a $20,000 reward for information on the attack.


Information from: Asbury Park (N.J.) Press, http://www.app.com