78th Precinct cops honored

Keen eyes and great tactics helped earn two cops top honors from the 78th Precinct Community Council.

On Dec. 28, Officers Wesley Pericone and Danny Arroyo were on routine patrol when he received a description of a suspect who illegally entered a Park Slope apartment building, rang a tenant’s bell, and tried to break down a door with a snow shovel, according to Deputy Inspector John Argenziano, the commanding officer of the precinct.

The suspect apparently knew the tenant, according to reports, and when the tenant looked through the peephole to identify the late night caller, proceeded to bang on the door with the shovel. He then threatened to burn down the building if he wasn’t let in the apartment, Argenziano said.

The cops approached the location, kept anonymous because of the suspect’s relationship to the victim, and saw a person fitting the description, arresting him without incident. The man was charged with attempted burglary and trespass. “They took a dangerous and violent criminal off the street,” Argenziano said.

For their efforts, the officers were named Cops of The Month, andreceived plaques inscribed with their names, along with sincere applause from those gathered at the community council’s Jan. 26 meeting, held at the Secondary School for Law, 237 Seventh Avenue.

—Gary Buiso

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