A Rockville Centre police officer has earned the “Cop of the Month” distinction for the second time after he located four alleged robbers who stole a woman’s phone at the Baldwin Long Island Rail Road station.
RVC Police Commissioner C.A. Gennario praised Officer Joseph Scibico for his “diligence, dedication to duty, and highly professional conduct that you displayed in regard to this occurrence.” The commissioner added, “it is my pleasure to congratulate you on a ‘job well done!’
On June 21 at 10:15 p.m., Scibico was on patrol and received a radio notification from the Nassau County Police Department about a robbery at the Baldwin station. Apparently, when the train stopped to let passengers off, a suspect allegedly stole the female victim’s iPhone out of her hand. The victim followed the man onto the platform where he was accompanied by other subjects. They’ve since been identified as Joseph Austin, 18, Isaiah Williams, 17, and Justin William Tollen, 18, all of Rockville Centre.
The three men then ran down the stairs and entered a waiting vehicle driven by 19-year-old Adam Fahlund, of South Hempstead. The victim chased the subjects into the parking lot
and jumped onto the hood of the vehicle two times and was thrown from the car each
time after Fahlund allegedly maneuvered the vehicle to get her off. She sustained injuries to her knees, ribs, head, and elbow.
Scibico immediately began canvassing areas of Rockville Centre, and at 10:27 p.m., he notified Rockville Centre Police Headquarters that a vehicle and four subjects matching the description of the suspects were located in the vicinity of North Forest Avenue and Maple Avenue. Scibico then conducted a field stop of one of the subjects and upon the arrival of assisting officers, stopped the other three subjects.
Scibico coordinated with Nassau County Police units at the scene of the robbery and conducted a “show-up,” in which the victim positively identified all four men and the vehicle involved in the robbery.
The victim was treated at the scene for her injuries. All four subjects were charged with
second-degree robbery. Fahlaund was also charged with second-degree reckless endangerment.
Scibico was previously recognized as cop of the month in 2011 after he arrested a man peering into parked vehicles in driveways. He turned out to be a member of the Crips gang.