ASSAULT ON A POLICE OFFICER – At 4:18 p.m. on Aug. 22, a 49-year-old Asian woman was walking southbound on 79th Street when the suspect, a white male in his 60s who had exited a black Ford pickup, approached her and forcibly removed her pocketbook. The victim chased the suspect back to the truck and was subsequently dragged by the truck as it fled. The victim received minor injuries and refused medical attention at the scene.
It was later discovered, after obtaining the license plate of the Ford, that the truck was reported stolen on Aug. 20 from West Palm Beach, Fla., and that a .38 caliber revolver was in the truck when it was stolen.
Later on Aug. 22, at approximately 8:50 p.m., officers observed the truck traveling southbound on Crescent Street, in the vicinity of Broadway. The uniformed officers attempted to pull the truck over. Shots were fired and one of the officers was struck by the truck as it fled the scene. Both officers were removed to Cornell Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries, where they were treated and released.
The vehicle was later found on 24th Street, in the vicinity of 37th Avenue. During a canvass of the area, a cell phone was discovered and the suspect was identified as Gary Sarback, 61, of Lake Worth, Fla.