Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly today honored five members of the Department assigned to the Housing Bureau, who on January 2, were responsible for helping to locate and identify the murder suspect in the stabbing death of nine-year-old Anthony Maldonado, and earlier the same morning, in the identification and subsequent capture of the individual responsible for a brutal attack on a small dog, captured on video in the same housing development.
Lieutenant Jason Savino, Sergeant Christopher Dixon, Detective Michael Oner, Police Officer Raul Gabriel and Police Officer Naetron King were presented certificates of recognition by Commissioner Kelly in his office this morning at Police Headquarters.
In presenting the certificate to Lieutenant Savino, Commissioner Kelly read the following citation:
“In recognition of his dedication and expertise in CCTV management and training that resulted directly in the arrests of murder suspects and other dangerous individuals preying on the occupants of Grant Houses; and in doing so, brought great credit upon himself, the Housing Bureau, and the Police Department of the City of New York.”
Commissioner Kelly also read the following citation in presenting certificates to the four other members of the service:
“On January 2, 2010, you demonstrated dedication and expertise in using CCTV in such a way to help identify and apprehend the suspected killer of a nine-year-old resident of Grant Houses, and soon thereafter, an abusive individual who repeatedly and brutally beat a small defenseless dog. In helping to identify and capture these dangerous individuals, you brought great credit upon yourself, the Housing Bureau, and the Police Department of the City of New York.”
Moments after nine-year-old Anthony Maldonado was repeatedly stabbed in his sixth-floor apartment, at 75 LaSalle Street in the Grant Housing Development in Upper Manhattan, a report of the assault was broadcast over police radios, initially with no description of the suspect. Police officers monitoring CCTV from a remote operations center immediately began using their cameras to canvass all nine buildings in the 15-acre development, in an attempt to locate the killer. They locked onto an individual in an elevator inside of 75 LaSalle Street and manually controlled other cameras at the location to track the suspect and broadcast his exact whereabouts to responding uniformed officers. Within minutes, two uniformed officers apprehended Alejandro Morales on the grounds adjacent the building where the boy was killed.
Approximately an hour earlier, at 2:30 a.m., the same CCTV team observed an individual brutalizing a lap dog in an elevator at 3170 Broadway in the same complex. The officers again manually controlled the cameras to track the suspect on his walk to a bodega across the street from the complex and back. The individual, who did not reside in the Grant Houses, left the location before he could be apprehended.
Over the next two days, in an attempt to identify the dog’s assailant, the officers circulated pictures of the suspect taken from the video and continued to monitor the development’s cameras closely in the event the attacker returned. He did two days later, and on January 4, the same team was able to direct uniformed officers to 3170 Broadway, where he was visiting his girlfriend – the dog’s owner – to effect the arrest of Chris Grant, 21, of 533 W 112th Street. Grant tried unsuccessfully to flee but was arrested for torturing and injuring an animal, and resisting arrest.
Chuvi-Duvi, a 12-pound “pomchi,” or Pomeranian-Chihuahua mix, was removed from his owner’s apartment and treated at Bergh ASPCA Hospital at 494 E 92nd Street in Manhattan, where she remained in good condition today after having undergone tests for internal injuries. Chuvi-Duvi is expected to be released today to a relative of the owner.
NYPD PHOTO: Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly, left, and Chief of Housing Joanne Jaffe, center, congratulated members of a CCTV center in upper Manhattan for their role in helping to identify and apprehend the suspects in the murder of a nine-year-old boy in the Grant Houses, and in the brutal beating of a small dog in the same development.