• Wanted: A Neighborhood’s Mission

    Posted on March 6, 2012 by admin in Culture.

    Catching a man is a whole lot harder than catching a mouse–or a rat for that matter. It takes a village to raise him, but an entire city or state to actually catch him. It takes real planning, an impassioned network, and a sizeable reward to further help the mission.

    If you’ve left your home in the past 4 months then you most likely have seen a wanted poster offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of Peter Rodriguez. You couldn’t have missed it–the posters were EVERYWHERE. A mugshot of Peter’s clean shaven face and head staring directly at you with a smirk that reads “whatever”. Perhaps you’ve walked right passed these posters while hurrying to the Jefferson stop. Maybe even catching a glimpse of more sightings while traveling down St. Nicholas toward Myrtle Ave. Ignore the world if you can, but at some point the mere frequency of these posters would make you stop to see who’s that dude on the poster?

    On November 16, 2011 at 1:38 pm [NotOJ] posted in an article’s comment thread on cbslocal.com about the incident “I wonder if the people who put up the 25 million posters are gonna go and take down the 25 million posters?!! I dint think they looked for Bin Ladin as hard as they did for this guy!!!!”

    It’s true, you could feel the power of the community and their relentless efforts. Peter Rodriguez was truly wanted by a lot of folks, including the police! Credit has to be given to the Maspeth community along with friends and family of the victim for their efforts in getting their man in the end. Peter Rodriguez was caught and arrested in Connecticut one month to the day of the incident.

    The Incident

    Around 6:45 a.m. on Oct. 15, police reported that Peter Rodriguez was allegedly driving the wrong way on the eastbound side of the Long Island Expressway service road and crashed into a livery cab killing 37-year-old George Gibbons who had just closed up his “Gibbon’s Home” bar in Maspeth. Rodriguez fled the scene and Gibbons was pronounced dead on arrival.

    “We must come together, not only as a community, but as a city, to find this fugitive, to bring him to justice and to give a little bit of peace to the Gibbons family,” said Maspeth Councilmember Elizabeth Crowley.

    In the end, the community and the city came together to catch a wanted man. The sound of the crowd is the new voice as we evolve into 2012. People are coming together around causes as we slowly change our perspective from “i” into “we”, Power is truly coming to the people, and when it officially arrives, the signs will be hard to ignore. #RipGeorgeGibbons

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