Cop Honored for Thwarting Bank Robbery
by Shane Miller
Oct 23, 2008 | 1541 views | 0 0 comments | 49 49 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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The off-duty cop who foiled an armed robbery at a Maspeth Bank two weeks ago was honored by Police Commissioner Ray Kelly for his bravery.

At a ceremony held at One Police Plaza last week, Kelly presented Officer Patrick Plunkett with a Certificate of Recognition for his role in apprehending the would-be robber.

“Officer Plunkett is one tough cop, and a very brave one, and on behalf of the entire department, I want to thank him for his courageous action,” commended Kelly.

On the morning of Thursday, October 9, Plunkett entered a branch of HSBC bank located at 65-63 Grand Avenue where he spotted 36-year-old Robert Jablonowski of Glendale acting agitated, or as Plunkett put it, “it looked like the guy had just drank 20 cans of Red Bull.”

Plunkett kept his eye on Jablonowski, and lined up behind him like he was just an ordinary customer. When Plunkett realized that Jablonowski was robbing the bank, he put the thief in a headlock and identified himself as a police officer.

Jablonowski put up a fight, even landing a few upper cuts that knocked out one of Plunkett’s teeth and fractured his nose. But Plunkett kept Jablonowski in his grip, and when officers from the 104th Precinct arrived, the robber surrendered.

The gun turned out to be a fake, which Plunkett - a three-year veteran of the force - found out only after the arrest was made.

“As you know, the gun turned out to be a convincing imitation,” said Kelly, “a fact that Officer Plunkett could not have known when he confronted the robber.”

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