Quick thinking, old-fashioned police work and bravery were lauded on May 29 as the 105th Precinct’s Community Council presented three awards for Cop of the Month.
Deputy Inspector Michael Coyle, the recently appointed commanding officer of the 105th, said Officer Paul Chierico was on routine patrol one evening in April when he saw a man who fit the description of a suspect whom detectives were looking for in a string of armed robberies in which the suspect used a pump-action shotgun.
“He stopped and questioned the man, and saw identification — and also got a picture of him with his cell phone,” Coyle said.
The suspect’s photo was shown to the victims, who picked him out as the man who had robbed them.
The two other patrolmen sharing May honors — officers Vengil Mathew and Brian Faller — were working together on April 9 when they responded to a report of a robbery in progress in the 247 block of South Conduit Avenue.
Coyle said the officers pursued a suspect on foot until he got into a car where a driver was waiting to take off.
“Officer Mathew dove into the car while it was in motion,” Coyle said.
With Mathew hanging on, Lt. Thomas Donohue arrived to assist, with the driver then striking his cruiser.
The passenger got away, but Coyle said the driver was detained, and that the contents of the car included a 9 mm handgun, 10 iPhones and two iPads.
“These were some high-quality arrests,” Coyle said.