Bronx, NY – Two off-duty New York Police Department (NYPD) officers were the victims of two separate armed robberies in less than a week and one of the crimes was captured on security video (video below).
The first incident occurred at about 12:30 a.m. on July 27 when a 23-year-old rookie NYPD officer parked his car on the street near his home at Garrison Avenue and Barretto Street in Hunts Point, the New York Post reported.
Security video showed the suspect standing on the sidewalk watching the officer after he parked, and then taking a handgun out of a bag before heading towards the off-duty cop.
Police sources said the officer was removing things from his trunk when the suspect – who was carrying a pistol – approached and told him to put his “hands up,” the New York Post reported.
Then the robber asked his victim if he was “a cop.”
Sources said at that point, the robber proceeded to remove the rookie officer’s Glock duty pistol from the holster on his waist, then took the officer’s wallet out of his left front pants pocket and fled on foot up Garrison Avenue, the New York Post reported.
The rookie’s wallet contained his police credentials, credit cards, cash, and keys.
Police released the surveillance video of the robbery and asked for help to identify the suspect, the New York Post reported.
The armed man was described as having been in his 30s, medium build, with black hair.
He was last seen wearing a black face mask and a fanny pack strapped around his chest, the New York Post reported.
The city’s police union released a statement that pointed out how bold criminals have become in New York City.
“We are thankful that our brother is okay, but this situation could have ended much worse,” NYPD Police Benevolent Association (PBA) President Patrick J. Lynch said. “Not even the sight of a gun and shield will deter these brazen perps.”
“They aren’t worried about consequences, because there are none for them,” Lynch said. “Meanwhile, cops are definitely thinking about the risks they might face – both the physical danger and the legal consequences – if they try to fight back.”
Another off-duty NYPD officer was robbed at knifepoint just six days later in Brooklyn, the New York Post reported.
Authorities said that 27-year-old officer was hanging out with two friends outside an apartment building on Guider Avenue near East 12th Street in Brighton Beach at about 1:30 a.m. on Aug. 2 when three men approached them.
Police said one of the suspects waved a knife at the off-duty officer and the other two men and demanded they turn over their watches, the New York Post reported.
All three of them complied and handed over their time pieces and the suspects fled on foot.
The officer was off-duty and not armed when the robbery occurred, according to NYPD.
Police sources said he never identified himself as law enforcement to the suspect with the knife, the New York Post reported.
Watch the Bronx robbery unfold in the video below: