BY IRENE SPEZZAMONTE
In the city of movie stars, two detectives played the role of the heroes.
Detectives Albert Ramos and Daniel Mulligan, both assigned to the NYPD Queens District Attorney’s Unit, saved a Russian tourist from a knife attack on Wednesday while he was walking on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame in Los Angeles.
“The detectives are real-life superheroes,” Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown said. “Even though they were outside of their jurisdiction, the detectives did not hesitate to act.”
Ramos and Mulligan were grabbing a coffee when they saw a man attacking the tourist with a knife and cutting the right side of his neck, authorities said.
The two detectives swiftly came to the tourist’s aid and apprehended the attacker. They identified themselves as police officers and called 911 for further assistance.
The suspect, a 51-year-old homeless man, was identified as Donald Monroe Offerman; he was charged with attempted murder and two counts of assault with a deadly weapon, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.
The victim was taken to Cedar Sinai Hospital where he was treated for non-life-threatening injuries, according to police.
“[Ramos and Mulligan] embodied the highest ideals of the NYPD,” said Police Commissioner William Bratton, who previously was the LAPD police commissioner between 2002 and 2009. “Their swift and decisive action almost certainly saved a life.”