The February arrest of one of the suspects in the early January double murder in the Sheepshead Bay Houses has netted one 68th Precinct police officer Cop of the Month honors.
At the March 15 meeting of the 68th Precinct Community Council, the first led by new commanding officer, Captain Joseph Hayward, P.O. Spencer Craven was recognized for his quick thinking and actions in arresting Jerry Maisonet, who was wanted in connection with the headline-grabbing January 3 murder in the 61st Precinct of Rosie Garcia and Anderson Nunez.
According to Hayward, on February 2, Craven – who has “made over 120 arrests” and was in a police vehicle equipped with a license plate reader – realized during a routine car stop that one of the people in the car was Maisonet.
Garcia’s daughter, Destiny, 15 had already been arrested in the case, and had been charged with two counts of murder in the second degree and two counts of criminal possession of a weapon in the deaths of her mother and her mother’s boyfriend, who, reports claim, had repeatedly raped the teen, with the incidents ignored by her mother. The pair was found in their apartment with multiple gunshot wounds; Nunez also had stab wounds.
Maisonet, 28, a Sunset Park resident and Destiny Garcia’s boyfriend, was also charged with two counts of murder in the second degree as well as two counts of criminal possession of a weapon in the second degree and two counts of criminal possession of a weapon in the fourth degree.
“The residents of the 68th Precinct and myself are proud to have a vigilant crime-fighter like Officer Craven patrolling our streets,” Hayward said.