Fake Bomb Tossed in Police Car; Rather Than Flee, Officers Drive Bomb Away From People
Fake Bomb Tossed in Police Car; Rather Than Flee, Sergeant Hameed Armani and Officer Peter Cybulski Drive Bomb Away From People
Late night on July 20th, two NYPD officers were on patrol in Times Square when somebody in an SUV pulled by beside their police van. The person inside of the SUV tossed a device on the van’s dashboard. The device started to flash and make a clicking sound; it appeared to be a bomb. Sergeant Hameed Armani and Officer Peter Cybulski didn’t run away though; they made the immediate decision to drive the bomb to a less populated area where the bomb would be unable to harm others in the area.
The van was no doubt slowed down by the weight of these heroes’ brass balls.
“I look around, saw a lot of kids, a lot of young people,” said Armani, a 10-year NYPD veteran and father to a young daughter. “We both look at each other and I go, ‘We’re going to go, but I’m not going to have anyone else go with us.'”
Armani drove their van, sirens flashing, eastbound to 46th Street and Sixth Avenue, the officer said. The two officers spent the drive saying their prayers with the intention of getting the device out of harms way, Armani said.
Once they stopped, Cybulski proceeded to pick it up and hand it to Armani who took it from the van and put it on the sidewalk away from the public and buildings.
When both NYPD members were a safe distance away, they requested bomb squad.
The man suspected of throwing the device at the patrol van was later spotted at Columbus Circle, where police engaged in a six-hour standoff Thursday, according to police.
Officers arrested 52-year-old Hector Meneses of Queens around 8 a.m. after he barricaded himself in his vehicle and negotiated with police for several hours. Police closed off the area around Columbus Circle for hours, disrupting traffic and public transit throughout Manhattan.
The bomb turned out to be fake, but the officers had no way to know that. These heroes did something that very few people would do in a similar situation. They decided to sacrifice their lives for a chance to minimize the risk to other lives in the area.
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