updated 11/29/2012 AT 10:00 AM ET
•originally published 11/29/2012 AT 6:55 AM ET
Lindsay Lohan was arrested and charged with third-degree assault at 4 a.m. Thursday in Manhattan’ s Meatpacking District after an alleged altercation with a woman in a nightclub.
Det. Mark Nell of the NYPD told PEOPLE: “This morning at 4 a dispute broke out at Avenue located at 116 10th Avenue. A female 26-year-old assaulted a female 28-year old. Lindsay Lohan was arrested and charged with assault.”
Asked what happened, Nell said, “She punched her in the face.”
By 8 a.m., Nell said, Lohan “has now left the precinct and was given a desk appearance at a later date.”