Thursday, August 6, 2009

Off-Duty Cop Charged wtih Pulling Gun on Bouncer

An off-duty NYPD officer is facing menacing, drug possession and gun charges after allegedly threatening a bouncer who refused him entry at an Ozone Park nightclub.

Trevor Herpaul, a four-year veteran of the force, was arrested outside Mingles nightclub on 101st Avenue early Sunday morning. He became enraged when the bouncer denied him entry because his attire didn’t comply with the bar’s dress code. He flashed his NYPD identification before returning to his vehicle and grabbed a 9mm Ruger, according to the criminal complaint filed against him.

Herpaul returned to the club entrance and pointed the gun at the face of bouncer Ricky Singh, asking “Now you think you’re bad?” At that point, Officer Joshua Czyz of the 102nd Precinct arrived at the scene and ordered Herpaul to drop the weapon. As Officer Czyz and Officer Justin Smith placed Herpaul under arrest, the Ruger fell to the ground. It was later found to be loaded.

Police allegedly later found marijuana from the floor of Herpaul’s 2003 Lexus. He was charged in Queens Criminal Court with menacing and harassment, both in the second degree, and issued violations regarding his gun license and unlawful possession of marijuana.

Herpaul is assigned to the 84th Precinct in Brooklyn and lives in Queens.

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