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Off-duty Bergen Port Authority officer grabs purse snatcher — in Boston

Photo Credit: Courtesy PORT AUTHORITY of NEW YORK and NEW JERSEY

SHOUT OUT: A Port Authority police officer vacationing with his girlfriend in Boston chased and grabbed a purse snatcher who struck at a nearby restaurant.

“We were about to get on the T over there, and we passed the table, and I heard the girl scream that somebody took her purse, ‘Help, help!’” Officer Fred Corrubia told the Boston Herald. “I see another guy giving chase, and he’s yelling for the kid to stop. We chased the guy into the alley and pursued him. The girl said, ‘Call the police.’

“I said, ‘I am a police officer.’”

If the name is familiar, that’s because his father — also Fred — used to be the Paramus police chief.

The younger Corrubia, who lives in New Milford, had just left the Great Scott Restaurant on Commonwealth Avenue with his girlfriend Wednesday night when he heard the shouts from another patron.

Moments later, the 5-foot-11-inch, 210-pound suspect was turned over to city police.

The woman, who identified him, got back her black leather Coach bag intact, said Corrubia, 37, who ordinarily is assigned to the George Washington Bridige.

Joseph W. Mrozinski, 48 of Harrison Avenue in Boston is chaqrged with robbery and assault and battery — for kicking the woman in the leg.

“The Port Authority always stand ready to protect the public wherever they are,” the agency’s Joseph Pentangelo told CLIFFVIEW PILOT this morning.

“The Boston PD guys, they got there real quick,” Corrubia, an 11-year veteran of the PAPD, told the New York Daily News. “Very professional — great guys. They even let me cuff the guy. They’re a class act.”

“I’m glad the woman got her bag back. She gave me a hug and offered to buy my girlfriend and [me a] drink, but we said, ‘No thanks.’ We had to catch a train in the morning.”


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