Video: Off-duty NYPD cop robbed of firearm during holdup

"Hands up!" the suspect screamed as he pulled a gun on the officer. He then asked, "Are you a cop?"

By Thomas Tracy
New York Daily News

NEW YORK — An off-duty NYPD police officer was robbed of his firearm early Wednesday after a crook ran up to him and asked, “Are you a cop?” police sources said.

The officer was unloading the trunk of his car on Barretto St. and Garrison Ave. in Hunts Point about 12:30 a.m. when the suspect stormed up to him.

“Hands up!” the crook screamed as he pulled a gun on the officer. He then asked, “Are you a cop?” as he went through the officer’s pockets, taking his wallet, which contained his NYPD ID, a source with knowledge of the case said.

The crook removed the officer’s off-duty weapon, a Glock 17 firearm, before running off.

The officer wasn’t injured, police said.

No arrests were made despite an extensive search of the area.

Police have begun circulating surveillance images of the mugger in the hopes that someone recognizes him.

Anyone with information regarding this robbery is urged to call NYPD Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS. All calls will be kept confidential.

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