By Jessica Brockington
The upcoming week is a busy one in the 20th Precinct. The annual Thanksgiving Day Parade will start at 77th and CPW at 9:00 am on Thursday. The inflating of the giant balloons starts the day before, and Winter’s Eve, happens on Monday at Lincoln Square.
The November Precinct meeting started with a welcome to the Precinct’s new Executive Officer, Captain Jamiel Altaheri. The “XO” as the Executive Officer is known, serves in a highly visible role as right hand to the Commanding Officer, Captain Michael Falcon.
Captain Altaheri was commended recently by Commissioner Bratton on his promotion from Lieutenant. On November 3, Commissioner tweeted “Captain Jamiel Altaheri – the real NYPD!”
Bratton reminded the city that on New Year’s Eve last year, Captain Altaheri had stepped out of his deployment during a coffee break at Times Square last year and helped a dying man and his wife see the ball drop – a bucket list item for the man.
The couple, Roger and Diana Higgenbottom had traveled from Wisconsin for the event and due to the man’s illness, were not able to get into the jammed sidewalk minutes before midnight. Captain Altaheri’s act of kindness began a friendship with the couple.
Addressing the Precinct Community Council for the first time, Captain Altaheri said he was “grateful, and happy to be in the 20th Precinct, to serve you to the best of my abilities.” He said he had learned a lot from Captain Falcon, and looked forward to learning more from the community.
Assailants are still at large in the robbery of a 19 year old male on November 6 at 323 West 74th Street. Two men wearing hoodies approached and began pummeling the victim at approximately 1:30 pm, according to witnesses. When police arrived at 2:10 pm the assailants had escaped with the victim’s backpack containing an iPhone 6s and approximately $22.
Captain Falcon was asked why the police had taken almost 40 minutes to respond to scene. He indicated that the first call to 911 was received at 2:07 pm and the police arrived a scant 3 minutes later.
One witness to the incident was present at the meeting and said she had called the precinct directly because she believed witnesses at the Schwab House across the street had already called 911.
The CO reminded everyone to call 911 in cases of emergency since that is the only way police can be dispatched from the precinct.
The witness informed us that she’s been assured the victim is okay, after having been treated an dreleased from the hospital that day.
As part of an ongoing effort to reduce the number of electric bicycles on the streets, the precinct wrote 12 summonses. The bikes are not illegal to possess, but they are illegal to drive. The summonses carry a stiff $500 fine.