Police Officer of the Month April 2015

This evening we are honored to present the Police Officer of the Month award to four members of the Suffolk County Police Department’s 1st Precinct.

On January 12th, 2015 at 0511 hrs an unknown subject entered Steve’s Hot Bagels and Bakery at 2142 Deer Park Ave, Deer Park. The subject, described as male white, in his 30’s, 5’8”, 180 pounds, goatee, black hair wearing beige pants and gray hooded sweatshirt held a black object in the direction of the woman behind the counter and threatened to kill her. He then attempted to get into the cash register and when he couldn’t he took the register, containing $500, and fled northbound on foot.

Officers responded to canvass the area to look for a pedestrian matching such description. While checking the area P.O. Aue and P.O. Fuentes in RMP 102A observed an Oldsmobile go through 2 stop signs east on Claremont Ave. Due to the proximity to the robbery the officers deduced that this could possibly be the suspect trying to flee the area. The officers attempted to stop the vehicle for the traffic infractions on Route 231. The operator of the vehicle refused to pull over and sped off at a high rate of speed at which time a lengthy pursuit commenced.

After some time the Officers lost the vehicle. Shortly after P.O. Wildeman and P.O. LoRusso in RMP 114A picked up the vehicle on 5th Ave and Michigan Ave in Brentwood and attempted to stop the car once again. The officers followed the vehicle until the operator crashed into a Jeep Grand Cherokee on Montauk Highway just west of Union Blvd in Great River. The subject, who matched the description of the robbery suspect who was believed to be armed with a gun, exited the vehicle and fled on foot. The subject was caught by the officers after a foot pursuit and was taken into custody P. O. Wildeman for numerous traffic infractions. Soon after a show up was conducted. At 0647 hrs a witness to the robbery positively identified the subject as the perpetrator.

Then at 0650 hrs the victim positively identified the subject as the perpetrator. The subject was then arrested and charged with Robbery in the first degree. The cash register and a rubber black object which the defendant is believed to have used to simulate a gun were located behind hedges at 25 Clinton Ave, Deer Park. The Officers being honored this evening are a great example of how the use of an officer’s intelligence, courage and skills can effectively combat violent crimes. These actions are the reason the Shields of Long Island are proud to honor as our Police Officers of the Month Police Officer Thomas Wildeman, Police Officer Nicola LoRusso, Police Officer Russell Aue (oww-e) and Police Officer David Fuentes.

President’s Message – April 2015

As I start my message it’s 2 weeks before our next general meeting. The calendar says it is spring but no one told this to Mother Nature. Hopefully, this will change by our April 23 meeting date.

Enough about the weather! Let’s review some of The Shields upcoming scheduled activities for your enjoyment and participation. What may possibly be the last Ptl. Phil Cardillo motorcycle ride is scheduled for Sunday April 19th. If and when they honor Phil the run will cease.

On Saturday May 23rd we will once again pay tribute to the men and women who served our country, by placing flags on their graves at Long Island National Cemetery in Farmingdale. I hope we see you there.

Thursday to Saturday, May 28th-30th, we will be doing crowd control and security for the Nassau County Empire State Games for the Physically Challenged at the Mitchel Field complex in Uniondale. The smiles on the kids’ faces make this effort well worthwhile.

Lastly, Luke Johnson is busy working on the final arrangements for another picnic and LI Ducks baseball game at Bethpage Ballpark in Central Islip on Tuesday July 21st. Details in this edition of the Call Box.

I have recently been made aware of a NYS Thruway EZ pass “phishing” scam. People receive bogus emails allegedly from EZ pass claiming unpaid bills and containing a link to pay this bill. Any Questions, call EZ pass for clarification at 1-800-833-8655.

Hopefully we will see you at the Coral House on April 23rd. As always feel free to bring a potential new member. BE SAFE! Wear your vest.