102nd Precinct Cops of the Month Foil Teen Robbery Trio

102nd Precinct Cops of the Month Foil Teen Robbery Trio

Photo: PO Nelly Goldman (c.) on Tuesday accepted the 102nd Precinct Cop of the Month award from Capt. Danielle Raia, executive officer (Goldman’s l.), and congratulations from Precinct Community Council officers and precinct leadership. Goldman’s partner, PO Jeffrey Fernandez, was also honored but could not attend the meeting. Forum Photo by Michael V. Cusenza.

Three’s a crowd—with lengthy rap sheets.

That’s what 102nd Precinct Cops of the Month Nelly Goodman and Jeff Fernandez were able to learn last month after apprehending a troika of teens who had assaulted and robbed a victim in broad daylight in Richmond Hill.

According to Capt. Danielle Raia, the command’s executive officer, on April 17 around 3:30 p.m., Goodman and Fernandez were patrolling the area of 124th Street and 101st Avenue when they witnessed the victim running up the block and apparently away from pursuers. The officers were able to round up the three perpetrators—two juveniles and a 16-year-old—who had punched and kicked the victim while removing personal property.

Raia remarked that all three suspects had “extensive” criminal backgrounds.

“I’d say that was a fantastic job,” Raia beamed as she presented the awards on Tuesday evening at the 102nd Precinct Community Council meeting. Fernandez could not make the confab because he was on “a well-deserved vacation,” Raia said.

Later in the meeting, Raia noted that while various motorcycle offenses and complaints continue to plague the command, momentum is clearly on the side of cops. Motorcycle summonses are up 159 percent this year, compared to 2014; and the number of motorcycles seized so far in 2015 is 166 percent higher than this time last year.

“It’s a work in progress,” Raia said. “But we’re headed in the right direction.”

Several residents and business owners at the meeting also called attention to noise issues, especially in South Richmond Hill. Raia urged concerned community members to call 311, and said Conditions Unit cops would continue to address noise and other quality of life complaints throughout the command.

By Michael V. Cusenza michael@theforumnewsgroup.com



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