Police Officer Vincent Brites — newly assigned to the 106th Precinct — was honored on May 14 as Cop of the Month for his arrest of an individual who police say allegedly assaulted a woman in South Ozone Park and the recovery of a gun allegedly belonging to the suspect.
Deputy Inspector Jeffrey Schiff, commanding officer of the 106th Precinct, said the attack happened at Linden Boulevard and 131st Street on April 2 at 7 p.m.
Brites and his partner spotted the suspect allegedly attacking the victim as they pulled up to the location after being called there for an assault in progress and arrested the alleged perpetrator. Police believe the suspect, who was charged with assault, has attacked the victim before.
After further investigation by Brites, police found the gun and the suspect was also charged with possession of the weapon. Schiff said the alleged perpetrator has 33 prior arrests, including for domestic violence and possession of illegal drugs.
Awarding the honor to Brites are 106th Precinct Community Council President Frank Dardani, left, and Schiff.