Off-duty NYPD cop catches trio of thieves
Thomas Accomando had just clocked out and was a block from his precinct stationhouse when he spotted a man pummeling a 22-year-old victim
By Laura Dimon
New York Daily News
NEW YORK — A Bronx cop put in some unexpected overtime to catch a trio of thieves.
Thomas Accomando had just clocked out and was a block from his precinct stationhouse when he spotted a man pummeling a 22-year-old victim Friday night about 9 p.m., he told the Daily News.
Accomando, a 33-year-old neighborhood coordination officer in the 46th Precinct, got out of his car at 181st St. and Anthony Ave. in Fordham Heights, scaring off the assailant.
“I pulled my car up,” he recalled. “(The perp) quickly walked off.”
“I identified myself to the victim and told him I was a police officer and asked him what happened,” said Accomando.
He called an ambulance for the victim, who had taken multiple punches to the head and upper body and was lying on the street clutching his stomach in pain.
The seven-year veteran of the NYPD then followed the attacker and called his sergeant, who was still on duty.
“I put my hoodie on so I wouldn’t be noticed,” he said.
Accomando saw the robber join up with his two pals, who had participated in robbing the victim minutes earlier, snatching his cell phone and cash.
“One guy took off running on Jerome (Ave.),” Accomando said. “My sergeant and the other officer took off after him in the car, and I was able to apprehend the other two individuals on that corner.”
The cops recovered the victim’s stolen phone and money, Accomando said. He was treated at a nearby hospital and released.
Antolin White, a 33-year-old with 11 arrests, William White, 35, and Stephen Stiph, 22, were all charged with robbery.
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