This hero police officer took down the NYC pipe bomb explosion suspect

ByEyewitness News WABC logo
Monday, December 11, 2017
Port Authority Officer Jack Collins

MIDTOWN, Manhattan -- A Port Authority Police officer was the first at the scene to take down a man suspected of detonating a pipe bomb in an underground corridor in New York City Monday.

Officer Jack Collins arrested 27-year-old Akayad Ullah at gunpoint with the assistance of three other PAPD officers: Sean Gallagher, Anthony Manfredini and Drew Preston.

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They rushed in moments after the blast at 7:20 a.m., which sent people running during the morning rush.

But Collins and other officers ran toward the scene to take down the person allegedly behind the explosion.

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Collins was working his usual beat of looking for kids being trafficked at the Port Authority Bus Terminal on 42nd Street when the incident occurred.

A photo from the Port Authority Police Department shows Collins in action during a normal day at work: