United States Park Police Officer Daniel McFadden, on patrol at Gateway National Recreation Area’s Jacob Riis Park, averted a burglary on Sunday, August 8 at 1 a.m. and arrested two suspects.
While patrolling the park, Officer McFadden spotted the burglary in process at a concession facility. McFadden, with the assistance of his canine, arrested one juvenile. Two other suspects fled the scene.
Following a subsequent investigation by the Park Police Criminal Investigations Branch, Detective Edward Riepe arrested a second suspect two days later. Investigators are continuing the investigation and are seeking the third suspect.
During the burglary, food was stolen. The suspects were charged with burglary, vandalism, and misappropriation of property. They were turned over to a federal magistrate and later released to the custody of parents.
Captain Neal Lauro, commander of the Park Police Brooklyn-Queens Unit, commended McFadden and Riepe as well as the other detectives who worked on the investigation. "We are proud of their efforts to maintain a safe and secure park," Lauro said. "This should serve notice on other prospective perpetrators that their anti-social behavior within Gateway will not be tolerated."