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Cops honored for nabbing robbers

Suspects held up South Ozone Park victim at gunpoint

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Posted: Thursday, May 17, 2012 10:30 am | Updated: 10:37 am, Thu May 24, 2012.

Police Sgt. John Egan and Officer Tyler Ruthizer, of the 106th Precinct, were honored with the Cop of the Month award at the community council meeting last week for capturing four individuals who allegedly participated in a gunpoint robbery.

According to Capt. Thomas Pascale, commanding officer of the 106th Precinct, Egan and Ruthizer were patrolling in plain clothes in an unmarked car in the South Ozone Park area at about 10 p.m. on April 25 when they received a call about a burglary in progress.

Pascale said that four alleged perpetrators, including one who knew the victim, had burst into an apartment and held up their target at gunpoint.

The captain said that when the officers arrived, three of the suspects had fled with the victim’s laptop computer and other electronics. The fourth, allegedly armed with a firearm, struggled with the officers.

He was subdued and placed under arrest with no injuries to the officers.

Pascale said that Egan, working with precinct detectives, was able to figure out where the other three perpetrators might be. Police determined that one of the suspects was in the Brownsville section of Brooklyn.

The captain said that the next morning, after having worked a long night, Egan went into Brownsville and found and arrested the second and third suspects. According to Pascale, based on information gathered as a result of the arrests, Egan determined that the fourth suspect was in the Sunset Park section of Brooklyn. The area’s precinct was contacted and police apprehended the last suspect.

“It was really great work that was done; it was a dangerous job,” said Pascale as he awarded each officer a Cop of the Month plaque.

Egan also received a Cop of the Month Award in October 2010 for single-handedly saving a young woman from a large unruly crowd at great personal risk to himself.

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