A woman was stopped by store security for allegedly putting items in her purse, but when cops got there, they didn’t arrest her. What they did do is making national headlines.
The incident happened at the Whole Foods in New York City’s Union Square around 1 p.m. on Thursday when the store security called the police to report on a woman stealing their items. A coincidence that Lieutenant. Lewis Sojo, Officers Snidey Cuevas, and Michael Rivera were in the store buying lunch.
“We approached her. I asked, “What’s going on?” She told me she was hungry. So I looked in her bag and we decided to say “We’ll pay for her food,” Lt. Lewis Sojo said at a news conference.
The three officers pooled 30 dollars to pay for the items. The woman burst into tears. She was so emotional that she couldn’t speak. Then she looked at them and said: “Thank you,” Lt. Sojo recalled. He said it was difficult to walk away knowing someone’s actually hungry.
The good deed was captured by Paul Bozymowski. He shared the kind moment on social media.
This woman was being held by security.
She had food in her bag she didn’t pay for.
When the NYPD showed up, they paid for her food.
— paul bozymowski (@pboz) July 4, 2019
Chief of Department Terence Monahan highlighted the officers’ good deed after Bozymowski’s tweet by saying: “Cops like Lt. Sojo and Officers Cuevas and Rivera of the Strategic Response Group are the kind-hearted cops who quietly do good deeds for New Yorkers in need. My thanks to @pboz for highlighting the often unnoticed.”
Cops like Lt. Sojo and Officers Cuevas and Rivera of the Strategic Response Group are the kind-hearted cops who quietly do good deeds for New Yorkers in need. My thanks to @pboz for highlighting the often unnoticed. https://t.co/gbsjkx3iVE
— Chief Terence Monahan (@NYPDChiefofDept) July 4, 2019