SMARTPHONE LEADS TO ARREST – Two police officers of the 113th Precinct were quickly able to catch a suspect in a lie and make an arrest thanks to their newly issued department smartphone.
On Monday, July 27 at 7:03 a.m., Police Officers Jose Suriel and Angel Ramos, both assigned to patrol in uniform, responded to a 911 call for a stolen vehicle at 120-31 Nashville Blvd. in St. Albans. Upon arrival they were met by Gary Joseph, 31, who stated to police that several hours earlier, he left his vehicle running with the keys inside and when he returned several minutes later, the car was missing. He added that he did not call police right away because he thought that it was possible that his friends were playing a joke on him. The officers used their department-issued smartphone to run the license plate of the vehicle and discovered it had been involved in a vehicle accident earlier in the night at approximately 3:45 a.m., just a few blocks away at 198th Street and 122th Avenue in St. Albans.
Using that information, they were able to contact a witness who provided a description of a person leaving the scene of the accident that matched Joseph’s appearance. Joseph was transported to the 113th Precinct station house where he admitted to police that he was driving the vehicle when, in an attempt to avoid striking a cat in the road, struck three parked vehicles and left the scene of the accident.
Officer Suriel and Ramos credited their smartphone for allowing them to access information and quickly conduct an investigation that resulted in an arrest.