Published On: Tue, May 27th, 2014

David Schwimmer Helps Cops Solve a Crime

The actor supplies NYPD cops with evidence that leads to the arrest of a stabber.

Monday morning, 5:40am. What appears to be a drunken argument between a male prostitute and his client, taking place on the first floor of an East Village building, escalates into a bloody stabbing with the two smashing into a glassy lobby door. The 26-year-old client is rushed to Bellevue Hospital with stab wounds to the face, while a 21-year-old, presumed to be the prostitute is treated for slashes on his arm at Beth Israel Medical Center. The cops have nothing to rely on other than the two wounded men’s claims. That is, until unexpected evidence is presented to them by none other than television star and director, David Schwimmer.

The brawl, which took place in the “Friends” star’s neighbouring building, was captured on the actor’s hometown’s surveillance camera. Schwimmer invited the NYPD cops into his East Village townhouse and shared the enlightening captured footage, which helped solve the case.

The actor’s video revealed the following chain of events: While the prostitute and the client were having intercourse in the client’s apartment, the 21 year-old man broke into the apartment and tried to steal the client’s laptop. When the client made an attempt to stop the robber, the prostitute attacked him, before the robber allegedly assaulted him with a knife. The fight began in the first-floor apartment before spilling out into the hallway and eventually onto the street.

Following the evidence presented by Schwimmer, 21-year-old Robert Rainey was arrested and charged with robbery, criminal possession of a weapon and assault.

Schwimmer paid $4 million for 331 E. Sixth St. in 2010, and angered locals with his massive renovation in 2012 of the 160-year-old home. One of the neighbours even spray-painted a graffiti message that read “Ross is not cool” with an arrow pointing to the construction fence surrounding his townhouse, referring to his character on “Friends”.

But now he’s the hero of the historic block, that includes the landmark Community Synagogue.
“Four years ago, I would say David Schwimmer was the least popular guy on the block with the construction and all, ” neighbor Jayson Fillermutter told the New York Post. “But he has turned out to be a decent neighbor, and I am glad to hear he helped the cops with that stabbing.”

David Schwimmer became a famous TV star playing Dr. Ross Geller in “Friends”, which ran for ten years between 1994 and 2004. Schwimmer was nominated for an Emmy Award in the category of Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series in 1995 for his performance as the anxious, awkward but lovable paleontologist.

Since leaving Friends, Schwimmer appeared in a number of films, as well as in Broadway plays, and has made his feature film directorial debut with the 2007 comedy “Run Fatboy Run”.

In January it was announced that Schwimmer has been cast as the lead in the ABC comedy pilot “Irreversible”. He will play “one half of a somewhat eccentric, self-absorbed couple” in his first comedic television role since Friends finished in 2004.

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