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NYPD honors man who helps arrest suspect

November 22, 2013
Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — New York Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly is honoring a man who helped arrest a suspect accused of groping little girls and assaulting a detective.

Lawrence Abdullah was given a citation for civic-mindedness Friday.

Police say the 40-year-old man chased the suspect several blocks in Brooklyn earlier this week after the man shoved a detective questioning him. Abdullah snapped a photo of the suspect's driver's license.

Abdullah took the photo to police, after he learned they were eyeing the man for a series of child gropings in the neighborhood.

Police said 34-year-old Jesse Dailey grabbed an 11-year-old girl's buttocks on Nov. 11. They've linked other attacks in the neighborhood. He was tracked down outside his home.

His lawyer had no comment.

Abdullah says he did what every New Yorker should do.



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