The ski mask-wearing career criminal busted by police during a robbery barked “f—k you” at officers as he pointed a black glue gun at them, an arresting NYPD officer told The Post.
Cops arrested Gregory Price, 59, on Monday afternoon at Court Street’s Vivi Bubble Tea, which the thug attempted to knock off.
The officers did not open fire.
Cops nab career criminal robbing shop with glue gun
Police thwarted a career criminal who was in the midst…
“He tried to run away from us,” Anti-Crime Officer Wendell Garica, one in a team of four 84th Precinct cops who responded to the scene, recounted Tuesday.
“He ran into the kitchen area. There was no escape, he came back out,” said Garcia, adding that the cops then “told him drop what he had.”
“He said ‘F you!’ Pointed what looked to be a firearm, ran to the back and locked himself into the bathroom,” Garcia recalled. “We told him to drop it and he said, ‘I don’t give a F.’”
When cops busted open the bathroom door, Price was trying to trying to flush the black ski mask he was wearing down the toilet.
“I pulled it out of the toilet. He tried to throw it away,” Garcia said.
Along with the mask, the officers recovered a black glue gun wrapped in black tape and a backpack from the bathroom.
Before the takedown, police were tipped off on Price’s whereabouts after an area business alerted a Neighborhood Community Policing Officer for the 84th Precinct that reported that a man who was wanted in a string of Big Apple robberies was near Atlantic Avenue and Court Street.
That officer, who was off-duty at the time, immediately notified the 84th Precinct’s Anti-Crime team consisting of a sergeant and three police officers, which included Garcia.
“The business that actually called, they were never robbed. They just had the flyer, saw the guy and called out,” Garcia said. “In my opinion, the credit goes to the [Neighborhood Community Policing Officer]. They do a great job. You didn’t have to answer that phone.”
The team of plainclothes cops then responded to the scene on foot and started tracking the suspect.
They tailed Price to the bubble tea shop where they saw him pull a ski mask over his face and enter the store, authorities said.
Once Price was inside the shop, the cops observed him walk up to a 28-year-old female employee and pass her a knapsack.
Just as the woman began filling up the bag with money, the officers stormed into the shop.
“I was on the corner, watching into the store,” Garcia said. “We saw the guy put on one of these half face masks you where in the winter time. He pulled it over his nose. At that point we charged into the store.”
Carlos Cisneros, a cashier at the adjacent Fresco Tortilla Plus restaurant, who witnessed the incident said: “It all happened very quickly.”
One of customers in the Mexican eatery shouted “he has a gun!” and “everyone ran in the back,” Cisneros recalled.
A cashier at Vivi Bubble Tea who had spoken to the shop’s cashier that was held-up by Price said her colleague “was so scared. She doesn’t want to come back to work.”
“She didn’t even see the gun. She thought [at first] he was maybe just acting,” said the cashier, who did not want to give her name.
She added that her colleague said “the police are very fast and brave to help her.”
The worker also bashed Price for even trying to rob the bubble tea shop roughly 30 minutes after it opened for the day.
“I think the guy is so stupid. We open at eleven thirty. What kind of money did he expect to find? There is not even a lot of money!” she said.
Price was charged with robbery, criminal possession of a weapon, menacing, tampering with physical evidence and resisting arrest in connection to the heist.
The arrest comes weeks after a deranged Brooklyn man was fatally shot by police after cops mistook the head of a welding torch in his hands for a gun.