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‘I Floored It,’ Captain Says

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Posted on September 5, 2020 at 8:46 am by Carol Tannenhauser


Capt. Neil Zuber.

By Carol Tannenhauser

On Tuesday evening, officers of the twentieth Precinct apprehended two alleged robbers who’ve been terrorizing electrical bike — e-bike — riders on the Higher West Facet for the previous a number of weeks. Half sting, half high-speed chase, the story of their seize and arrest was advised intimately to WSR by Captain Neil Zuber (proven above at a gathering), commander of the twentieth Precinct. Right here’s how Captain Zuber described the occasions.

We had a variety of e-bikes being stolen, not simply right here, however throughout the town. Supply individuals use them largely for delivering meals, however they’re very fashionable with others as effectively. They’re value a few thousand {dollars} every.

To start with, they stole the bikes after they had been left unattended. Then, as they obtained extra brazen, they started pushing individuals off the bikes, beating them up, and taking the bikes. At the very least 4 of our victims had been handled within the hospital as a result of they had been injured in violent assaults.

A number of weeks in the past we began realizing a sample was creating. Victims had been speaking about two individuals leaping out of a automobile. Some had been saying a black BMW and a few had been giving us partial license plate numbers, nevertheless it wasn’t sufficient for our laptop system to trace.

Then, on Tuesday, September 1st, at about 2 p.m., one other particular person was robbed. Two individuals jumped out of a BMW, pushed him off his bike, and took the bike. This sufferer was in a position to get his telephone out and file one of many individuals who robbed him, however the important thing factor he did was get a transparent image of the license plate. Utilizing our license plate readers across the metropolis, we had been in a position to observe the automobile because it went to the Bronx, over the 145th Road Bridge. We radioed forward, however apparently they didn’t go house. So, we waited.

At about 10 o’clock that evening, we obtained an electronic mail alert that the automobile had simply come throughout the bridge from the Bronx and was getting into Manhattan. We knew they had been coming to the Higher West Facet to buy groceries. Instantly we despatched our individuals to the world the place they all the time hit us: the west aspect of the precinct, close to Riverside Drive. We put everybody who was working on the market. We crammed the west aspect of the precinct with eyes. We additionally advised them, in case you see a supply particular person, shadow them, as a result of they’re targets and possibly we’ll discover them that means.

Murphy’s Regulation being what it’s, that evening, for the primary time, they did a theft on the east aspect of the precinct. The primary police automobile obtained there about ten minutes after it occurred. I jumped into my automobile. By that point I knew we had been behind them. They had been already making their technique to the bridge. So, I floored it. I put my lights on and headed north on the Henry Hudson Parkway.

I obtained as much as the bridge and there was an unmarked automobile sitting there. It turned out to be two officers from the twentieth Precinct. With out exaggeration, I simply had time to place my automobile in park and switch my headlights off, when the BMW crossed instantly in entrance of us. One in every of us pulled behind it, the opposite in entrance, and we stopped them proper there, 100 yards onto the bridge. They had been so shocked to see us that there was completely no battle. They surrendered proper there and we had been in a position to arrest them.

That’s not the top of the story. Captain Zuber defined that they nonetheless don’t know the place the bikes are being bought. “We all know they’re not utilizing them simply to pleasure trip,” he mentioned. “Now our investigation is taking us to who’re the people who find themselves shopping for them for resale? Who’s driving this cottage, black-market business that’s happening citywide?”

You could possibly hear the thrill in Captain Zuber’s voice. “I’ve to let you know,” he mentioned, “it was so good going on the market and doing the hands-on police work once more — so significantly better than sitting in on Zoom conferences,” he added, laughing. “To have that constructive final result was nice. We may have handed it off, however we wished to be there ourselves to verify it obtained finished.“

He turned to the query of an alleged “police slowdown.”

“It couldn’t be farther from the reality,” he contended. “There’s no slowdown. These officers need to exit and do the job they signed as much as do. That is simply proving it.”

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