NYPD officer chases suspect on horseback – FOX13 News Memphis

NEW YORK — A New York City police officer has resorted to an old-fashioned method of pursuing a suspect: riding a horse.

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Saturday’s encounter was captured by the police officer’s body camera and posted on Twitter by the New York police.

A 60-year-old Manhattan salesman told police a man stole seven pairs of sunglasses from his sales station near Times Square around 6:45 p.m. EDT on Saturday, WNBC TV reported.

The salesman confronted the alleged thief, later identified as Ignacio Lewis, 34, but the man brandished a piece of glass “in a threatening manner”. WABC TV reported.

The suspect fled from this area, according to the television station. In body camera video released by the NYPD, the mounted officer speaks to the man (there is no audio), but the suspect quickly turns and begins to run away, WNBC reported.

The officer chases the suspect at full gallop, and two officers quickly help tie up the suspected thief and arrest him, according to WABC.

Lewis was arrested and charged with robbery, threat and criminal possession of a weapon, WNBC reported.

“All of your NYPD officers are committed to crime reduction, even those on all fours,” the NYPD wrote on Twitter.

Lewis is represented by a public defender at the Legal Aid Society, CNN reported. Redmond Haskins, director of media relations for Legal Aid, told the outlet they had “no comment” on the case.

Clyde P. Johnson