Police Officer Vincent Siraco was honored on Dec. 11 with the 106th Precinct’s Cop of the Month award for his arrest of an individual who allegedly brutally beat NYPD Sgt. Mohammed Deen, an off-duty cop, in South Richmond Hill on Nov. 17, leaving him unconscious.
Capt. John Ganley, the precinct’s executive officer, said that at 4:40 a.m. the day of the incident, Siraco, a member of the precinct’s Midnight Conditions Team, was deployed in the area of Liberty Avenue and 118th Street in response to a robbery pattern around Liberty Avenue’s bars and nightclubs.
Siraco and the sergeant he was with pulled up to the beating incident as it was unfolding. Deen was beaten outside a restaurant on Liberty Avenue, allegedly by suspect Hayden Holder, while Deen’s wife was in their car nearby. Deen suffered severe injuries and was placed in a medically induced coma. He was later released from the hospital 10 days after the incident.
The violence allegedly began at a nightclub on Jamaica Avenue a mile away and Holder is accused of following Deen to the scene of the beating. Holder was charged with second-degree attempted murder and second-degree assault and faces 25 years in prison if convicted.
After responding to the incident, the officers first rendered what aid they could to the victim, who at the time they did not know was an off-duty officer, and then got a description of the perpetrator. Witnesses pointed out the suspect who was fleeing down 118th Street. He was chased by Siraco and the sergeant and apprehended without further incident or injuries to any police officers.
Ganley called the arrest a matter of “being in the right place at the right time.”
He added that the community was very fortunate to have Siraco patrolling at night.
Siraco started at the 106th Precinct in June and has been with the NYPD for two and a half years. Ganley said he has an “impressive record for a short time on the job, with 61 arrests, including 25 felony arrests.”
Awarding the honor to Siraco at the Community Council meeting in Ozone Park were 106th Precinct Community Council President Frank Dardani, left, and Ganley, right, as friends and members of his family look on.