2005-10-07 / Front Page

Police Tackle ‘Bad Guys,’ End Armed Conflict

By Brian Magoolaghan


Lieutenant Gary Messina, left, on the scene following Wednesday’s arrest of two men who had weapons and were engaged in a violent argument in Arverne.Lieutenant Gary Messina, left, on the scene following Wednesday’s arrest of two men who had weapons and were engaged in a violent argument in Arverne.

The NYPD quickly ended a wild, escalating argument in Arverne Wednesday when they tackled and arrested a man who was armed and had just fired off a round while pistol whipping another man who was carrying a switchblade, police said.

Lieutenant Gary Messina and Police Officers Maria Larson and Peter Fehn of the 101 Precinct sprung from their patrol cars and tackled Ibn Trusty, 31, and Roderick Jones, 26, who were fighting near the Car Spa on Beach 54 Street and Rockaway Beach Boulevard.

Trusty, of 661 Nasby Place, Far Rockaway, was using a .32 caliber handgun to pistol whip Fehn, of 354 Beach 56 Street, police said. Police knocked the gun away from Trusty in the tackle, Messina said.

Messina, Larson and Fehn were only about two blocks away from the scene when the dispatcher put the call of a dispute between two males over the radio.

Jones, who received minor injuries, was the only one hurt in the split-second takedown, according to Messina.

Officers discovered that Jones, a parolee, was carrying a switchblade, which means he will now face felony charges, police said.

Trusty, who was wanted on a felony narcotics charge, is charged with two counts of criminal weapons possession, resisting arrest, assault and harassment, according to a spokeswoman for Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown.

“That’s two really bad guys taken off the streets,” Messina told The Wave. “It could have been bad but it worked out pretty good.”

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