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A mounted New York police officer chased a man suspected of robbing a sunglasses seller in the Big Apple’s famous Times Square in a video shared by police on Tuesday morning.
“All of your NYPD officers are committed to crime reduction, even the four-legged ones,” the department tweeted on Tuesday, sharing video of the lawsuit that did not include audio.
Police say the mounted officer was approached by a 60-year-old man, the victim, who accused the suspect of stealing goods from his display table.
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“The victim confronted the subject, who held up a piece of broken glass and swung it at the victim in a threatening manner,” the department said in a statement. “The suspect fled the scene on foot and an NYPD Mounted Police Officer apprehended the suspect with the assistance of public safety officers.”
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The video, recorded by a mounted special operations officer’s body camera, shows the officer approaching a suspect, who after a brief exchange begins to flee on foot. The horse gallops after him, skirting cars stuck in traffic.
Other officers who were in the area on foot capture the fleeing suspect before he can leave the block.
Police said they arrested Ignacio Lewis, 34, a homeless man, charged with first-degree robbery, threatening and criminal possession of a weapon. They also recovered seven pairs of sunglasses that were allegedly stolen from the victim’s display table.
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Robberies in New York are up more than 39% since the start of 2022 compared to 2021, according to police statistics.
Fox News’ Andrew Mark Miller contributed to this report.