The man who wounded two people outside the Glenwood Houses this past March would have gotten away with the crime if it weren’t for the 63rd Precinct’s neighbors up north.
Three cops from the 69th Precinct were honored last week for apprehending the shooter on Ralph Avenue before he could make a hasty getaway.
As he handed out awards, Captain Milt Marmara told members of the 69th Precinct Community Council that Sergeant Edward Quigg and Police Officers Kristopher Allua and Jamie Blandenburgo were on routine patrol in Canarsie when the call came over of shots fired.
The three officers −− members of the precinct’s elite Anti−Crime squad −− immediately jumped into action.
Receiving information about the gunman from the 911 dispatcher and responding officers, Quigg and his team saw a suspect fitting the description crossing Ralph Avenue from the 63rd Precinct to the 69th Precinct side.
The officers grabbed the man and took him into custody, recovering a pistol from his person. The suspect, a resident of Canarsie, was later identified as the shooter and taken into custody.
“Most importantly, the cops were able to approach the suspect tactfully,” Captain Marmara explained. “Every time you deal with a shooting or a report of someone with a gun, there is a great potential for violence and a shoot out, but these officers were able to handle the situation without incident.”
Marmara said that the officers managed to surround the suspect and apprehend him before he knew what was happening.
“They were right on top of him before they got into a foot pursuit,” Marmara said, adding that these three officers have helped the precinct sustain a 23 percent drop in crime this year, although cops in the precinct have seen a rise in cell phone snatches over the past week.
Marmara admitted that ten victims −− mostly teenagers −− came forward over the last seven days claiming that they had been robbed of their phones. Most of the robberies have taken place both before and after school.
To combat the rash, Marmara has sent his crime prevention officer to offer free NYPD cell phone registrations outside of local schools and have increased police presence and enforcement along school corridors.
©2009 Community News Group
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