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.