NORWALK, Conn. -- Four Norwalk police officers were honored for their work last month stopping car thefts, abductions and felons who illegally had firearms.
Officers Paul Wargo, Michael Sellas, Richard Holmes and Nelson Figueroa were all named the April 2017 Officers of the Month.
Wargo was honored for his response to a car theft on April 20 in Rowayton. Police said that he quickly found two stolen vehicles that were traveling on Rowayton Avenue, and two suspects were subsequently arrested.
On April 18, Sellas was patrolling on Chestnut Street when he saw suspicious activity. As he pulled up to the scene, a vehicle pulled away that had been stopped in the road next to a juvenile. The juvenile said that the man in the car had grabbed her and tried to abduct her. Sellas quickly caught up to the vehicle and arrested the driver. The driver was arrested a few days later after a second victim contacted police about a similar incident.
On April 7, Holmes and Figueroa were patrolling in South Norwalk as part of the Strategic Narcotics Enforcement Team when they spotted a suspicious vehicle on Bouton Street that had a strong odor of marijuana emanating from it. When the occupants spotted the officers, they turned around and fled, police said. A short pursuit ensued, and it was eventually stopped on Robins Square.
The officers recovered a 9mm and a .40 caliber handgun from the vehicle. Two of the occupants were found to be felons and are prohibited from possessing firearms.
"Congratulations to all four officers on their accomplishments and thank you for making Norwalk a safer place," Norwalk Police said.