2003-09-12 / Front Page

Cops, Cabbies Link Up To Nab Mugging Suspects

Cops, Cabbies Link Up To Nab Mugging Suspects

Cops, Cabbies Link Up
To Nab Mugging Suspects

When Dorothy Freel, 61, of Shorefront Parkway left her home for a short walk to visit her sister on Sunday, she never realized that she would become the centerpiece of an incident that would eventually draw two helicopters, dozens of police officers and police dogs.

"I walked onto Rockaway Beach Boulevard, and two kids came up and asked me how to get the bus to Brooklyn," Freel told The Wave. "I told them what bus to take and began to walk away when I realized that one of them was on each side of me."

The two perpetrators remain unidentified because of their ages.

"The tall one grabbed my pocketbook," she added. "The smaller one took it and ran away."

A passing vehicle from the Beach Car Service on Beach 95 Street, identified by Freel as "Boomer," saw what had happened and called in both police and his fellow drivers in the area.

The two young men had hopped a fence at a lot at Beach 67 Street and Rockaway Beach Boulevard. The car service vehicles circled the area, keeping the men in place.

When police responded, they quickly caught one of the men, while the other remained hidden in the high grass inside the lot.

Police called in the NYPD's Aviation Unit and the Canine Unit to assist.

Police officers from the Canine Unit quickly arrested the second man. He told the police where to find the pocketbook and all of Freel's effects were recovered intact.

Freel told The Wave that she was still "shook up" over the event, but that she wanted to thank both the police and the drivers from Beach Car Service for their response and their help.

"They were all great," she said. "I really have them to thank for this coming out the way it did."

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