2nd district honors officers for midsummer arrests

Sup­plied photo At­tached is pic­ture. From Left to Right Sgt. Frank Barclay, P/O An­thony Ros­selli, P/O Mi­chael Long, Capt. Frank Palumbo

The 2nd Po­lice Dis­trict Ad­vis­ory Coun­cil re­cently honored An­thony Ros­selli and Mi­chael Long for an ar­rest they made after a mid­sum­mer street shoot­ing that stemmed from a fight on the 7700 block of Ox­ford Ave.

Ros­selli and Long were named the PDAC’s Au­gust 2012 Of­ficers of the Month.

Two men were in­volved in a series of fights on Aug. 13, said Mark Mroz, the dis­trict’s com­munity re­la­tions of­ficer. But that wasn’t the end of the trouble, Mroz told PDAC mem­bers on Jan. 8 in a meet­ing at the Phil­adelphia Prot­est­ant Home.

The men who had been fight­ing and their friends star­ted driv­ing around, search­ing for each oth­er so they could re­sume their battle, he said. Men in an Aero­star and a Hy­undai were seen fol­low­ing a Su­zuki, a Pon­tiac and a Ford pickup, Mroz said.

At 11:40 p.m., Of­ficers Ros­selli and Long began fol­low­ing the Aero­star and Hy­undai.

At 1:10 a.m. on Aug. 14, the Aero­star and Hy­undai were headed east­bound on St. Vin­cent Street and stopped near Whi­taker Av­en­ue. The oth­er three vehicles ap­proached the in­ter­sec­tion head­ing west and then stopped, said Mroz, who re­cently be­came an aide to In­spect­or Mike Co­chrane.

A man got out of the Aero­star and fired four shots from a gun wrapped in a T-shirt, handed the gun back to some­body in the vehicle and then got back in, Mroz said. At that point, all five vehicles drove away from the in­ter­sec­tion.

No one was in­jured.

Us­ing in­form­a­tion ob­tained from Of­ficer Chris­toph­er Mc­Cue, who had stopped the Hy­undai, Long and Ros­selli went to the 7800 block of Lor­na Drive, found Ian Hol­land, 19, who they be­lieved was the shoot­er, and ar­res­ted him. He is due to go on tri­al in Decem­ber.

After mem­bers con­grat­u­lated the of­ficers, Capt. Frank Palumbo, the 2nd dis­trict’s new com­mand­er, warned res­id­ents that Hon­das are pop­u­lar with car thieves.

“They’re steal­ing Hon­das like crazy,” he said. The cars are worth a lot for their parts, and mod­els from the 1990s are get­ting stolen, he ad­ded.

But it’s not just cars, but what’s in them, that gets swiped, the cap­tain said. Thieves are break­ing in­to vehicles to take iPads, iPods, phones and even spare change, Palumbo said. The cap­tain said it’s amaz­ing how many people leave their GPS devices on their win­dows.

“That’s mak­ing it easy for them,” he said.

The 2nd PDAC will next meet at 7 p.m. on Tues­day, Feb. 12, at the Phil­adelphia Prot­est­ant Home, 6500 Tabor Ave. ••

Re­port­er John Loftus can be reached at 215-354-3110 or jloftus@bsmphilly.com

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