Facilities Superintendent Assists in Apprehending Robbery Suspect

On Saturday, March 28, 2009 Facilities Resident Manager Dave Sisu surprised onlookers, and himself, by bravely assisting in the apprehension of a robbery suspect. Dave had been supervising the buildings' shutdowns on Claremont Avenue in celebration of Earth Hour and was headed home when he spotted a man running towards him with Barnard's security guards steadily chasing him. Unbeknownst to Dave, the man had just stolen money from the subway station newsstand at West 116 Street and Broadway.  

After recognizing what was taking place in the normally quiet neighborhood, Dave stepped into the suspect's path and blocked him. The man, who was carrying a razor blade out of sight, threatened Dave with bodily harm. Dave cleverly utilized his martial arts skills to bring the man down to the ground, where he was held until Public Safety arrived.

Although he received minor cuts during the alteration, Dave is proud of his contribution. As father to a 17-year-old daughter and 20-year-old son, Dave knows the importance of protecting his neighborhood and family. He advises others to assist in public safety whenever possible. He says, "If you can help, it's important that you do because you never know if the same situation will happen to you or someone you know. The more we get involved, the better our chances of protecting each other. The easiest way to get involved is if you see something, say something."

"Dave acted bravely, in spite of the threat to his personal safety, to protect others in the University community and to assist Public Safety and the NYPD to make an important arrest," says Nelson Falcon, director of residential portfolio at Columbia University Facilities.

If you spot a suspicious incident or criminal activity taking place, please remember that your safety is a priority and whenever possible, please contact Columbia University Public Safety at (212) 854-2797 (Morningside campus) or (212) 854-5555 (Emergency).