Commissioner Kelly presents Officer Plunkett with a
certificate of recognition for his brave and swift response in stopping a
would-be bank robber in Queens. (NYPD Photo)
POLICE HEADQUARTERS – Police Commissioner Raymond W.
Kelly today presented Police Officer Patrick Plunkett with a Certificate of
Recognition for stopping a would-be bank robber in Queens. Officer Plunkett, a
three-year veteran of the Department, was off-duty at an HSBC Bank branch on
Grand Avenue when he observed an agitated individual pull a gun from his
waistband and demand money from the teller.
Commissioner Kelly said, “Officer Plunkett could not have
known when he confronted this individual that the robber’s gun was a convincing
imitation. He is a tough cop, and a very brave one, and on behalf of the entire
Department, I want to thank him and recognize his courageous actions.”
After confronting the perpetrator
and identifying himself as a police officer, Officer Plunkett struggled with the
bank robber until police officers from the 104th Precinct arrived.
The two men wrestled from the inside of the branch on to the sidewalk in front
of it, as Officer Plunkett tried to prevent the man from reaching for a silver
firearm in his waistband. It fell to the ground and ultimately was an imitation
The Certificate of Recognition reads,
“Presented to Police Officer Patrick Plunkett, who on
Thursday, October 9, 2008, without regard for his personal safety, while
off-duty, confronted an armed bank robber and apprehended him. Officer
Plunkett’s bravery demonstrated the finest traditions of the New York City
Police Department, and brought great credit upon himself, the NYPD and the City
of New York.”
Police Officer Patrick Plunkett approaches a would-be
bank robber in the 104th Precinct moments after the perpetrator displayed a
firearm and demanded cash from the
Officer Plunkett and a would-be bank robber struggle
inside of an HSBC Bank branch in Queens.