Brooklyn, NY – The owner of a Brooklyn bakery took the local police precinct to task after a 911 call to report a violent individual in his store received a belated telephone response.
The incident took place at the Korn’s Bakery on 18th Avenue and 43rd Street, just three blocks from the 70th Precinct station house.
Pesach Hirsch, owner of the bakery, said that he called 911 at 8 AM this morning after an emotionally disturbed man grabbed the cash register and began throwing money while screaming at customers, according to reports in the Daily News.
While Hirsch was expecting uniformed officers to respond to his store, he said that police contacted him by phone, nearly 30 minutes later, to find out if the man was still there.
An irate Hirsch slammed police for their halfhearted response, noting that police had no way of knowing if the man was armed and if anyone in the bakery was in immediate danger.
“If this was someone illegally parking outside they would have been here in a minute,” said Hirsch.
A spokesperson at the NYPD’s Office of the Deputy Commissioner of Public Information said that they had no record of any 911 call received in regard to the incident.
Assemblyman Dov Hikind said that he had not been made aware of the incident at Korn’s but that police from the 70th Precinct typically respond quickly to 911 calls.
“We have meetings every week to make sure that things are running smoothly,” Hikind told TOT News.
“There may have been problems with slow response times in the past but I haven’t heard of anything like this in years.”