While they are primarily firefighters, they are also crime fighters when needed, as FDNY demonstrated Monday when department members followed a 33-year-old man who robbed an 82-year-old woman just feet away from Engine 247.
It all started shortly after 11:50 AM when Borough Park Shomrim received a phone call that a woman was just robbed at the intersection of 13th Avenue and 61st Street. After immediately notifying the police and responding to the scene, Shomrim members saw FDNY members running after the suspect.
They proceeded to join the firefighters and run after the suspect until 1423 64th Street where the suspect ran into a building. The pursuing Shomrim and FDNY members waited outside the building until police officers entered. After a short search, they came out with Abad Villanueua and the victim’s purse.
Upon further investigation by NYPD, it was determined that the elderly woman was simply walking on the street when Mr. Villanueua came by, snatched her purse and started running. Fire Department members who had just returned from answering a call witnessed the robbery and started chasing the suspect, FDNY spokeswoman Elisheva Zakheim told JP,
Mr, Villanueua, who has a lengthy rap sheet with NYPD, was charged with Grand Larceny and Criminal Trespass.
After being charged, he was transported to Lutheran Medical Center where he is being treated for hand and foot injuries that he suffered while running away.