NYPD rookie makes arrest shortly after graduation

July 3, 2009 7:22:22 AM PDT
A New York Police Department rookie just couldn't wait to get started. One of the NYPD's newest officers has made his first arrest just minutes after graduating from the Police Academy in a ceremony at Madison Square Garden.

Police Commissioner Ray Kelly says 23-year-old Officer Dariel Firpo is "off to a great start."

A police spokesman says Firpo was leaving Thursday afternoon's ceremony when he saw a 79-year-old man being robbed of his wallet and thrown to the ground by a mugger in midtown Manhattan.

Police say the mugger tried to run away but Firpo caught him without incident. The victim was treated at a hospital for a broken wrist.

Police say the suspected mugger, 47-year-old Jeffrey Grant, of Manhattan, is being charged with robbery. The name of his attorney was not yet on record.

Firpo says he wants to focus on community affairs.


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