NYPD Deputy Inspector Jack Lewis, who is set to retire in a few days after 28 years of service, and his son Police Officer John Lewis disarmed and arrested two robbery suspects early Saturday morning in Brooklyn. Inspector Lewis marked the occasion of his pending retirement by inviting his police officer son to patrol with him and it proved to be an extra memorable occasion.
While patrolling in Brooklyn, they responded to a 911 call of a man that had been shot on Ralph Avenue. Upon arriving, they found that a 37-year-old man had been shot in the groin during an attempted robbery.
The father-son team and Officer Lewis’ partner, Officer Viglione, canvassed the area for suspects in their unmarked police car with a witness who observed a gray BMW that they suspected had been used by the suspects. The officers stopped the BMW as it was attempting to back out of a parking spot. Officer Lewis removed the driver from the vehicle and recovered a loaded 9mm Taurus handgun from the man. Officer Viglione removed the passenger from the vehicle and observed him discard a loaded .380 Taurus handgun under the BMW. The suspects were taken into custody without incident and both guns were recovered.
In addition to the assault and attempted robbery, the two men who were arrested are suspected of robbing and pistol-whipping a man earlier in the day outside the same cafe.