2006-08-24 / Other News

Local Cop Sees "Suspicious" Face; Makes A Gun Possession Arrest

Police officers are trained to be aware of everything around them, whether they're on duty or not. If they see something suspicious, whether it's a package left unattended on a subway platform or a person acting suspicious, they are taught to act on their feelings and react to each situation - with caution, of course.

With those directives in mind, Police Officer Michael Simmonds of the 69th Precinct was on patrol near the Breukelen Houses complex at about 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, August 16, when a radio call advised him and his partner to respond to a call of "shots fired" on East 105th Street near Glenwood Road, meanwhile describing a man who was allegedly wielding a gun in that area.

The officers arrived at the scene within minutes and, while canvassing the area with other officers, under the direction of Lieutenant Clint McPherson, recognized a man who looked like the person described in the radio call. He stopped him, discovered he was carrying a .357 magnum in his backpack, and the suspect immediately turned and ran into one of the project's buildings.

Simmonds chased after the man, nabbing him seconds before he would have entered his second floor apartment.

The suspect, whose name was not released, was taken to the Foster Avenue station house and charged with criminal possession of a weapon and reckless endangerment.

Charles Rogers

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