Talk about a school trip you won't forget! Yesterday a park ranger in Prospect Park had to cut short an educational tour for kids to go and apprehend a 52-year-old man who had been seen allegedly masturbating in the park. Good thing, too. When the ranger caught up with the man, 53-year-old Glen Perouza, not only did he find drugs on him—cops say they also found a fully loaded 9mm handgun on him.
Parks Department Urban Park Ranger Andrew Marsala was alerted to the alleged pervy perp at approximately 3:30 p.m. Perouza quickly fled, but Marsala caught up with him and turned him over to the police. Marsala found marijuana in Perouza's coat pocket and, worse, when the suspect was removed from an NYPD patrol car on his way to the 78th Precinct officers say they found a loaded Taurus Pt. 99 hand gun in his seat in the back of the vehicle. Perouza, who appears to have no prior arrests, has been charged with criminal possession of a weapon, unlawful possession of marihuana, and indecent exposure.
All in all, yet another reason why the city really ought to not continue cutting the Parks Enforcement Patrol numbers!