Sunday, July 16, 2006

Sunday Sign of Hope 7/16/06

Newark Mayor Chases Robbery Suspect

Finally an elected official shows some damn initiative.

From WNBC:

Newark, New Jersey Mayor Cory Booker tossed off his jacket and gave chase when he saw a police officer with gun drawn chasing a robbery suspect on Thursday.

The mayor's security detail tackled Altarig Rahman. Rahman was charged with aggravated assault and strong-armed robbery.

Police said Rahman had robbed the mother of the city's fire director at a bank across from City Hall. The woman was depositing money for the Essex County courts parking lot, where she is a supervising attendant.

Alex Garcia, a restaurant manager who was in the bank, was the first to pursue the suspect.

The suspect managed to escape Garcia's clutches and the grip of a police officer.

Booker's bodyguards ended the chase.

Booker told The Star-Ledger of Newark he yelled "not in my city" at the scissors-wielding suspect.


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