Mineola, NY— On February 28th, Legislator James Kennedy and the Nassau County Legislature honored Police Officers Brian Coleman and Michael Passarelli of the 7th Precinct, for apprehending a scammer that was preying on a senior citizen.
On January 20th, a resident of Seaford received a telephone call alerting her that her grandson was in jail and he needed $8,000 for bail money. Assuming this was a scam, she notified the police. After receiving several calls, she agreed to put the money in an envelope for the bail bondsman to pick up at her home.
When the scammer arrived, Officers Coleman and Passarelli were waiting inside. Once the scammer accepted the envelope, the Officers jumped out and tackled him to the ground as he tried to flee. This incident was caught on her doorbell camera video and has since gone viral and made national news.
“Nassau County Police Officers go above and beyond to help our residents and are among our nation’s best. Thank you, Officer Coleman, and Passarelli, for catching this criminal and putting an end to his preying on vulnerable senior citizens” stated Legislator Kennedy.
Shown in photo above, left to right: James Shanahan, Financial Secretary of Nassau PBA; Frank Arcuri, Sergeant-At-Arms of Nassau PBA; Legislator Laura Schaefer; Officer Michael Passarelli; Officer Brian Coleman; Legislator Kennedy; Thomas Shevlin, President of Nassau PBA.