106th Precinct Police Officers Jason Sessa, Eric Blake and Russell Graziano were honored with the Cop of the Month award at the community council meeting last week for capturing three individuals allegedly in possession of two illegal firearms.
According to Capt. Thomas Pascale, commanding officer of the 106th Precinct, on March 30 at 10 p.m. officers from the 102nd Precinct observed an illegally parked car in the vicinity of 107th Street and Atlantic Avenue in Ozone Park.
Pascale said the officers attempted to talk to the driver, but he instead took off with the cops in pursuit.
Pascale said that Sessa, Blake and Graziano were directed to 103rd Avenue and Woodhaven Boulevard, the border line of the 102nd and 106th Precincts.
The captain said the officers observed the car involved in the pursuit collide with another vehicle, causing that car to go into a 360-degree spin. The occupant was not seriously injured.
Sessa, Blake and Graziano observed the three suspects exit the car near the Dunkin’ Donuts Shop on Woodhaven Boulevard in Ozone Park and flee.
A police helicopter was called in to aid in the search.
Pascale said that one of the three suspects was apprehended by the officers as he ran through the neighborhood backyards.
While detaining the first suspect, officers spotted the second suspect on Woodhaven Boulevard.
Sessa stayed with the first suspect while Blake and Graziano ran across the boulevard and nabbed the second one, Pascale said.
According to Pascale, two firearms were discovered in their vehicle.
“These guys were definitely up to no good,” Pascale said.
The captain said the third wanted suspect walked into the 102nd Precinct to report that his car was stolen. But officers soon realized that he was the third individual in the car and arrested him.
Pascale said the suspect was also wanted in a robbery in the 102nd Precinct that occurred two weeks earlier.
Pascale commended the officers for a great job, adding that the suspects were charged with felony firearms possession.