1999-08-14 / Front Page

Rough Robbers Run Right To Roadblock

 Police Officer Gifford with the weapons used by the car jacking perps.

Monday, August 9 was just another day for a Far Rockaway businessman as he and two employees went to the Fleet Bank in Far Rockaway to drop off some weekend receipts.  After leaving the money in the bank, the three returned to their white jeep and were promptly accosted by two would-be holdup men. The perps were Thomas Cooper, a 25 year old Hispanic male, and Kevin Pinto, a 23 year old Black male, both of Brooklyn. When told the money was left in the bank, one of the victims, a 25 year old, was slashed in the face and the other, a 37 year old, was shot in the leg and hand. At this point the two perps absconded with the car with two of the victims still remaining inside.

The victim who was slashed dove out of the automobile and ran to the 101 Precinct where he told the police what had transpired. The 101 Precinct put out an APB (all points bulletin) which was also transmitted to the Nassau County Police.

Police Officers Gifford, Jones and Barrett of the 101 Precinct were on their way to traffic court when the alarm came across. They positioned their squad car at the corner of Bayview avenue and waited to see if they could spot the jeep. Within two minutes along came the white Jeep and the three officers followed. As the perps realized they were being followed, they rammed the jeep into the squad car, injuring the three officers.

In the meantime, Nassau County Police set up a road block at 878 and Burnside avenue. The perps ran right into the road block, where a struggle pursued and one officer was injured. The perps were arrested and charged with attempted murder, assault 1, car jacking, and grand larceny.

Nassau County Police air lifted the victim who was shot to Nassau Community Hospital, where he was in stable condition.


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