NYPD in standoff with man suspected of tossing hoax device

NYPD in standoff with man suspected of tossing hoax device

NYPD in standoff with man suspected of tossing hoax device

Armani is a 10-year veteran of the department, and a Muslim who emigrated from Afghanistan with his daughter. Lights from the device started flashing.

"We looked at each other, I was like, 'We're gonna go, but I'm not going to have anybody else go with us.' The lights were on the auto, we drove as fast as possible trying to get away from Duffy Square".

"We looked at each and I said 'we are going to go but I'm not going to have other people go with us, ' Armani, 38, told reporters Thursday, recalling during a news conference how he drove away from the crowds to 46th Street and Sixth Avenue".

"He was yelling at me, 'Boss, what are we doing?' We're driving. I said, 'If it happens, it happens, but I'm not going to stop here, '" Armani said.

For the officers, the decision to protect people against what they thought to be was a legitimate bomb was just part of the job.

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Two officers were in the marked vehicle when the device was tossed inside, police said.

"We both said our prayers", added Cybulski, 24, a graduate of Riverhead High School and St. Johns University.

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The officers involved were Sgt. Hameed Armani and Officer Peter Cybulski. The other vehicle fled the scene. "I couldn't be any more proud of the man I love and can't thank God enough for the way the situation ended".

Armani, for his part, was immensely relieved once the whole thing finished.

"I can't believe this is the same person" accused of throwing a fake bomb, Amaral said in a comment to the New York Post.

Mr. Cybulski was walking in to meet personally with NYPD Commissioner William Bratton this afternoon, he said when reached for comment by the News-Review.

"I was thinking if I had to do it all over again, I would do it all over again", Armani said.

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