Top Cops Teach 'Creep Catching 101'
The Top Cops in the 101 Precinct last week busted one of Far Rockaway's most wanted men - a creep who they say has a penchant for robbing cash and jewelry from women at gunpoint.
Police had been on the lookout for a suspect since mid-February, when the first in a string of robberies took place. There were five incidents bearing similarities within a one-week span, police said.
Investigators got their first break in the case when a woman, scanning mug shots, identified Jerry Daniels, 36, of Far Rockaway, as the man who robbed her.
Within hours, every beat cop, undercover officer, detective and supervisor in the precinct had a copy of Daniels' photo, according to Captain Milt Marmara, the Executive Officer in the command, who said a "massive manhunt" was launched. "The entire precinct was looking for this guy," he said.
But it would be Marmara and his boss, Deputy Inspector Walter Salowski, the man in charge of the 101 Precinct, who would put Daniels behind bars. The command's top-ranking officers were on patrol February 27 when they caught up with Daniels at 18-15 Everdell Avenue, near Beach 19 Street and Gateway Boulevard.
Daniels is charged with three robberies: one at 414 Beach 58 Street on February 16, another at 55-05 Beach Channel Drive on February 18 and the third at 54-30 Beach Channel Drive on February 19. And detectives are "revisiting old complaints to see if there is a connection," Marmara said.
Daniel faces up to 25 years in prison if convicted, according to a spokeswoman for Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown. He is due back in court March 16.
Meanwhile, Salowski and Marmara's bust has inspired some of their fellow Finest to start calling them the Dynamic Duo. Marmara said it's about more than nicknames and notoriety: "This guy was bad news, we were both just very happy to get him off the street."
The Wave was not able to contact Daniels' attorney for comment.