Wild NYPD bodycam footage shows cop on HORSEBACK weaving through traffic to nab a thief who snatched sunglasses from Times Square vendor
- An NYPD officer chased down a Times Square robber on horseback
- Bodycam footage shows the suspect being approached by the officer on a New York City sidewalk
- The suspect quickly flees while the officer takes off right behind him on horseback
- He was swiftly detained with the help of the four-legged animal
A Time Square robber was chased down through the streets of New York City by a cop on horseback after being suspected of stealing sunglasses on Saturday.
‘All of your NYPD officers are involved in crime reduction, even the four-legged ones,’ NYPD posted on Twitter with bodycam video of the high speed chase.
Footage shows the officer approaching the suspect on the sidewalk shortly before 7 p.m. The suspect, wearing dark-colored clothing, pauses for a second to look at the officer before running off with his red backpack.
The officer and the four-legged animal follow shortly behind while dodging bystanders on the sidewalk.
The suspect runs into the street towards incoming traffic as some cars halt to allow the officer through the busy street. The robber makes it down the block before being detained by nearby officers.
The suspect, who robbed a sunglass vendor in Times Square, was stopped by an officer on horseback. The suspect wearing dark clothing and a red bag is seen looking at the officer for a brief moment
The suspect suddenly ran away from the officer as bystanders walked nearby. The officer and the four-legged animal followed shortly behind
The suspect crosses a busy street towards incoming traffic. Some cars halt to let the officer through as the pursuit continues
Officers nearby detained the suspect shortly after he crossed the street. The suspect was arrested thanks to the help of the officer and his trusty steed
The NYPD horses have been put to use for years. Two heroic horses were used to break up a fight in Time Square in December 2020.
Footage of the incident showed several men throwing punches and wrestling to the ground. Bystanders attempted to help calm the incident, but it wasn’t until the horses arrived that the situation fizzled.
Officers used the horses to trample in between the fighters as some officers attempted to peel the men off of each other.
As one man laid on the ground, another was spotted picking up a nearby bike and taking off.
One man can be seen on the sidewalk with a bloody mouth.
Police horses dashed to the scene of violent punch-ups in Times Square in 2020. Multiple men can be seen engaging in different brawls
Three people were lying on the ground before a police horse was seen towering above them. The horses were used to intervene in the chaos that occurred in Time Square.
Robberies in New York City are up in comparison to last year, statistics show. Year-to-date data by the NYD shows 8,314 robberies in 2022 so far. In comparison, 6,530 robberies in the same period were reported in 2021.
Data accounting for the 28 days between June 18 and July 10 show 1,499 reported robberies – 384 more than the same time last year.
Meanwhile, reports of burglaries, grand larceny, and grand larceny auto theft are also up. Overall crime in the city is up more than 37 percent in comparison to last year.
Robberies in New York City are up in comparison to last year, statistics show