Lawrence Abdullah, 40, Was Given An Award For Civic Mindedness

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — New York Police Commissioner Ray Kelly is honoring a man who helped arrest a suspect accused of groping little girls and assaulting a detective.

Lawrence Abdullah was given a citation for civic-mindedness Friday.

Police said the 40-year-old chased the suspect several blocks in Brooklyn earlier this week after the man shoved a detective questioning him. Abdullah snapped a photo of the suspect’s driver’s license.

Abdullah took the photo to police, after he learned they were eyeing the man for a series of child gropings in the neighborhood.

Police said 34-year-old Jesse Dailey grabbed an 11-year-old girl’s buttocks on Nov. 11. They’ve linked other attacks in the neighborhood. He was tracked down outside his home.

His lawyer had no comment.

Abdullah said he did what every New Yorker should do.

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