Even with a head start, one suspect — who allegedly punched and mugged a woman at a Manhattan subway station — could not get away from a cop duo and their trusted stallions.
NYPD Mounted Unit Police Officer Andrew Youssef was assisting civilians with directions near Sixth Avenue and West 47th Street with his horse, Brooklyn, at around 8 p.m. Monday when someone advised him that there had been a fight near the Rockefeller Center subway station, according to police.
When Youssef went to investigate the area, he saw a man exit the station and moments later, a 23-year-old woman with a bruised face ran out of the train station and said that she had been punched in her face and had her purse stolen.
Once the 10-year NYPD veteran realized that the thief fit the description of the man he just saw leaving the station, he called for backup and went after the man on his horse.
Youssef and Brooklyn caught up with the suspect just a short distance away on West 47th Street, police said, stopped him in his tracks and brought him back to the subway station where the woman confirmed he was her attacker.
NYPD Mounted Unit Officer David Stagliano and his horse, Pugsley, helped in the capture of the suspect, authorities said.
The suspect — later identified as 23-year-old Michael Reddish —was charged with robbery, the New York Daily News reported. The victim was taken to Mount Sinai West Hospital to be treated for her injuries.