NY's top cop helps make a collar
[New York, NY]
Larry Celona and Andy Geller December 14, 2000, Thursday Copyright 2000 N.Y.P. Holdings, Inc. All rights reserved. The New York Post December 14, 2000, Thursday
(NEW YORK) -- Call it the case of the commish putting the kibosh on street crime.
The city's top cop intervened yesterday to stop what might have become a violent argument between a man and a woman waving a box cutter.
The Clint Eastwood-like incident happened at 1:30 p.m. as Commissioner Bernard Kerik, accompanied by Detective Gary Combs and Officer Vincent Gericitano, was returning from lunch.
At the corner of Madison Avenue and St. James Street, a block from Police Headquarters, the eagle-eyed commissioner saw the pair arguing.
The woman had a weapon in her hand.
"We stopped the car. We got out. We saw the woman was holding a box cutter," Kerik related later.
The fearless commish walked over, holding out his shield.
In a flash, Combs cuffed one and Gericitano cuffed the other.
Once in custody, Teena Sinclaire, 20, was charged with menacing and criminal possession of a weapon.
Wakeene Littlejohn, 22, was charged with criminal possession of a weapon after he was found to be carrying a folding knife.
Did the two know he was the commish?
"Probably not at the time, but they know by now," the top cop said.
"Someone would have gotten hurt," he added. "Luckily no one did."