New York City Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly today
presented two members of service with certificates recognizing their roles in
the arrest of two suspected rapists involved in separate crimes. The
presentation ceremony was held at One Police Plaza. The two members are Officer
George Wolfrom from the 5th Precinct and Thomas Pisano from the 90th
Commissioner Kelly said: "These officers went beyond the
already rigorous requirements of the job. I want to express gratitude on behalf
of the people of New York to these officers who exemplify the Department's
tradition of being 'the Finest.'"
In the early morning of Friday, April
9, 2004, officers from the Fifth Precinct including Officer Wolfrom aided a
woman who had jumped onto the tracks at the Second Avenue subway station on the
Lower East Side of Manhattan. Officers transported her to Bellevue Hospital for
observation and notified her husband.
Later that morning, Bellevue
Hospital called the 13th Precinct to report the sexual assault of a young girl
inside of the hospital. Investigators raced to the scene and soon released a
physical description of the attacker to the media. That evening, Officer Wolfrom
was off-duty and riding in his car when he heard the rape report on news radio.
The description of the attacker reminded Officer Wolfrom of the husband of the
woman he earlier assisted and transported to Bellevue Hospital.
Wolfrom notified his Precinct Detectives of the possible suspect's identity.
These officers contacted the detectives working the case. Within hours, officers
located Hector Ramirez visiting his wife at Bellevue Hospital. He questioned and
subsequently arrested on rape and assault charges.
In a separate
incident on April 3, 2004, two women reported being sexually assaulted in the
vestibule of a building in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. As part of the investigation,
a police artist drew composites sketches of the two suspects. The investigators
released the drawings to the media. On April 8th, the NYPD received a 911 call
reporting a sighting of one of the suspects in the 90th Precinct.
Pisano responded to the call, but it did not result in an arrest. This did not
discourage the officer. He continued a determined search. Before Officer
Pisano's tour was over, he spotted one of the suspects. The officer apprehended
Jose Cruz and charged him with several counts including rape and