Muibat Williamson claimed that Hero Douglas Loven, 44, cut in line, stepped on her foot, and then banged her head into an ATM while trying to apprehend her after she asked him to apologize for his rude behavior.
Williamson, 54, testified that she was waiting for a train after she finished the night-shift as a nurse at Einstein Medical Center and Thomas Jefferson University Hospital when she got a hankering for some coffee.
She said Loven cut in line at the Dunkin’ Donuts at the suburban transit station concourse and then stepped on her foot as he was leaving before she confronted him for and demanded an apology that he refused to give.
A witness said in Common Pleas Court that she got between the two as they were arguing and reminded them that it was Christmas, when she heard Loven vindictively tell Williamson, “next time, move out of the way.”
On Monday, jurors deliberated for two hours and returned a split verdict finding Loven guilty of misdemeanor counts of false imprisonment and official oppression.
They acquitted him of simple assault and obstruction of administration of law – a charge that had originally been filed against the Hero Cop for preventing Williamson from filing the complaint against him.
Loven’s defense attorney, Joseph Silvestro Jr., said he was “disappointed with the verdict,” and claimed in closing arguments that Williamson exaggerated her story in order to improve her chances of winning a civil lawsuit she filed against Loven and SEPTA.
He said video from inside the Dunkin’ Donuts does not prove Loven stepped on Williamson’s foot, but Assistant District Attorney Andrew Wellbrock arguedthat when the transit cop said, “next time, move out of the way” – it didn’t sound like someone that hadn’t done anything wrong.
Loven remains free on $3,000 bail and is scheduled for sentencing on May 13. He faces up to four years in prison but Wellbrock said that state guidelines recommend he only receive probation.