Auxiliary Cop Foils
By Howard Schwach
Randy Guttman lives in Lawrence, but several times a week, his body belongs to the 100 Precinct in Rockaway Park. Guttman, 34, is an Auxiliary Police Officer in that precinct and has been for eight years, ever since the auxiliary had its own emergency services unit.
"I really like to help people, and that is why I joined the auxiliary here even though I live in Nassau County," the diminutive man told The Wave last Saturday. "And that is why I stayed on even when they disbanded the emergency services unit."
Guttman was on his way home, at the corner of Central and Lawrence Avenues in Lawrence, early Sunday morning when he saw two young men attacking a cyclist.
"They were trying to steal his bike and his wallet," Guttman said. "There was a third person around the corner in a car waiting for them to finish, but I didn’t know that at the time."
Guttman pulled over and went to the rescue of the bicyclist.
"I pulled out my shield and ID and the two just sat down," he says with a laugh. "I told then they weren’t going anywhere, that we were going to wait for the police to come." Guttman theorizes they give up so quickly because they thought that he was a police officer and was carrying a weapon.
He called 911 on his cellular phone and several Nassau County Police Department units responded and apprehended the third man as well.
Was Guttman worried about his own safety?
"You go on instinct," he said. "You want to help somebody who is under attack. By the time I realized I was in the middle of a robbery, it was too late to back out. I just used my authority and it worked."
Arrested by Police Officers John Lezamiz and Joseph Brady were Michael Sancho, 20 of Bayswater, Christopher Sanch of Brooklyn and Eric Davis of Far Rockaway.
The three were arraigned at First District Court in Hempstead on July 28.