2nd PDAC honors Officer of the Month

Mem­bers of the 2nd Po­lice Dis­trict Ad­vis­ory Coun­cil honored Bal­domiro Soares as the dis­trict’s Feb­ru­ary Of­ficer of the Month dur­ing their April 8 meet­ing at the Phil­adelphia Prot­est­ant Home on Tabor Av­en­ue.

Ac­cord­ing to Com­munity Re­la­tions Of­ficer Di­anne Murphy, Soares was work­ing as the de­tail of­ficer at the TD Bank, 2200 Cottman Ave., at 2:55 p.m. on Feb. 23 when an em­ploy­ee told him the bank had just been robbed.

The bank work­er poin­ted to the rob­ber, who was leav­ing the build­ing. Soares went after the man, later iden­ti­fied as Jonath­an Duffy of the 8900 block of Alicia Street. The of­ficer caught up to the man, ac­cord­ing to Murphy, and ordered him to stop and drop to the ground.

The man ini­tially com­plied, ac­cord­ing to Murphy, but then res­isted when Soares tried to hand­cuff him.

“At this point, the of­fend­er was able to pull the of­ficer to the ground and place him in an arm hold. The of­ficer was not able to pull his arm from the of­fend­er’s grasp or place the hand­cuffs on the of­fend­er,” ac­cord­ing to Murphy. “The of­ficer struck the of­fend­er one time and the of­fend­er re­leased his grip.”

Duffy fled west and then at­temp­ted to get in­to a vehicle stopped at a Cottman Av­en­ue traffic light. The driver was able to pull away. Duffy ran onto Cottman and was caught shortly af­ter­ward, ac­cord­ing to Murphy.

Soares suffered a minor la­cer­a­tion and swell­ing to his left hand.

Duffy, 34, is fa­cing as­sault, res­ist­ing ar­rest, rob­bery, theft and re­lated charges, ac­cord­ing to on­line Com­mon Pleas Court re­cords. He has since pos­ted bail. A pre­tri­al con­fer­ence is sched­uled for April 30.   

In oth­er busi­ness, Larry Genetti, the PDAC’s treas­urer, said the or­gan­iz­a­tion needs about $3,300 in dona­tions to pay for the yearly bar­be­cue it hosts for the of­ficers and de­tect­ives at po­lice headquar­ters at Har­bison and Levick. The event is sched­uled for Sat­urday, June 7. Dona­tions have been trick­ling in, but so far total only $700, Genetti said.

The PDAC also has a Com­munity Day and Bike Ride sched­uled for Sept. 13.

The PDAC’s next meet­ing will be at 7 p.m. on Tues­day, May 13, at the Phil­adelphia Prot­est­ant Home, 6500 Tabor Ave. ••

You can reach at jloftus@bsmphilly.com.

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