Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano and Acting Police Commissioner Thomas Krumpter recognized 15 NCPD law enforcement officers for their heroic actions, police expertise and outstanding professionalism as it pertains to saving lives in a West Hempstead fire; investigating and apprehending a homicide suspect who is accused of killing a 12 year old Hempstead resident; and helping apprehend the suspect who is accused of an attempted abduction of a 20 month year old baby in the Five Towns community.
“It gives me great pleasure to recognize some of the members of the Nassau County Police Department who have done an exceptional job in saving lives and apprehending suspects, which helps ensure the public safety of our residents,” said County Executive Mangano. “Nassau County enjoys one of the lowest crime rates in the nation and I thank the brave men and women of the Nassau County Police Department for the great job they perform day in and day out.”
The first group of officers who were honored was the investigative team behind last week’s homicide arrest in Hempstead. On Friday, October 16th, at approximately 4:50 p.m., 12 year old Dejah Joyner was inside her home in Hempstead as she was tragically struck by a bullet, which came through the front window. Solving Dejah’s murder was a top priority for the Nassau County Police Homicide Squad. Detectives were assisted by: The Hempstead Police Department, the Nassau County Police Department Electronics Squad, NCPD Bureau of Special Operations, NCPD Asset Intelligence Section, NCPD Criminal Intelligence Response Team, NCPD Special Investigation Squad, and other Detective Division units. Countless hours were devoted to investigating and apprehending the subject who is accused of committing this heinous act. After consultation with the Nassau County District Attorneys’ Office, the defendant was arrested on January 10, 2016 and charged with Murder 2nd degree, Criminal Use of a Firearm 1st degree and Criminal Possession of a Weapon 2nd degree.
The second group of NCPD members that were recognized saved lives at the scene of a West Hempstead Fire. The fire took place on January 8th at approximately 10:43 a.m. on Hempstead Turnpike. Upon arrival, officers observed people trapped in a 2nd Floor apartment. The officers were able to gain access to the second floor with the use of a ladder and brought the victims to safety. Officers Ascencio and Schuerlein went up the ladder to rescue people. Officers Dennington and Marro assisted people out of the building. Officer Marro caught an 8 year old child who jumped out a window. Officer Duvenhorst entered the building and searched the 1st Floor for victims. Each of these officers was directly involved in the rescue effort which saved lives.
The third group of NCPD members were instrumental in the extensive investigation and apprehension of a subject accused of the attempted abduction of a 20 month old baby. On Monday, January 11th at approximately 12:15 p.m. a 65 year old female babysitter was walking the baby in the stroller on West Broadway in the Five Towns when she was approached by a subject who stated to her that she was “Pushing a Dead Baby.” The sitter became alarmed and walked back to the residence while the subject followed her and stated that he needed to take the baby. After being able to enter the home with the baby and locking the doors, she observed the subject enter an unlocked “Mud Room” and then attempted to open the kitchen door which she had previously locked. After again yelling through the locked door, he left the scene, taking the stroller and walking eastbound on West Broadway. The officers honored were responsible for the apprehension of the individual accused of the attempted abduction. Their use of intelligence and team work led to this defendant’s capture.
Upper-Left photo (First Group): County Executive Mangano and Acting Police Commissioner Thomas Krumpter were joined by DAI President Glenn Ciccone in honoring: Commanding Officer of Homicide Detective Captain John Azzata, Detective Sergeant James Skopek, lead Detective Robert Pescitelli, and Detective Brian Gubelli.
Lower-Left photo (Second Group): County Executive Mangano and Acting Police Commissioner Thomas Krumpter were joined by Nassau PBA President James Carver as they honored Police Officers James Schuerlein, Luis Ascencio, Evan Marro (not pictured) and Jason Duvenhorst.
Upper-Right photo (Third Group): County Executive Mangano and Acting Police Commissioner Thomas Krumpter were joined by Nassau PBA President James Carver and DAI President Glenn Ciccone as they honored Sgt. Joseph Choo, Detective Anthony Draghi, Detective Mike Kamperveen, Police Officer Thomas Laffin (not pictured), Police Officer James Disanti, and Police Officer Danielle Mayrose.