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NYPD: Retired Cop Tried to Mug 62-Year-Old, Stole iPad

NBC New York logo NBC New York 7/29/2021 Jonathan Dienst
a person wearing a costume: HAMPTON BAYS, NY – FEBRUARY 20: An NYPD officer arrives for the funeral service of fallen NYPD Detective Brian Simonsen at the Church of St. Rosalie, February 20, 2019 in Hampton Bays, New York. Thousands of area police officers and law enforcement personnel attended the funeral. Simonsen was killed by friendly fire while responding with fellow NYPD officers to a robbery at a store in Queens last week. Simonsen is survived by his wife and mother and will be interned at Jamesport Cemetery in nearby Riverhead, New York. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images) © Getty Images

HAMPTON BAYS, NY – FEBRUARY 20: An NYPD officer arrives for the funeral service of fallen NYPD Detective Brian Simonsen at the Church of St. Rosalie, February 20, 2019 in Hampton Bays, New York. Thousands of area police officers and law enforcement personnel attended the funeral. Simonsen was killed by friendly fire while responding with fellow NYPD officers to a robbery at a store in Queens last week. Simonsen is survived by his wife and mother and will be interned at Jamesport Cemetery in nearby Riverhead, New York. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

A retired NYPD officer with a contentious history with the department is facing charges after an attempted mugging and an iPad theft in the East Village, police officials say.

Terence Dickerson, 32, was arrested shortly after the attempted strong-arm robbery at a smoke shop on First Avenue Wednesday afternoon.

That's when police say a robber went after at 62-year-old man trying to withdraw $100 from an ATM and slammed him to the ground. An employee saw the whole thing and locked the door to keep the suspect from leaving.

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Then, police say, the suspect started kicking glass in the store. Someone eventually flagged down the police and arrested Dickerson.

After the arrest, Dickerson was also charged with grand larceny in connection with an incident at the 14th Street Y earlier that day.

Police say in that incident, the suspect went into the gym and asked about joining. Then, police say he allegedly stole an iPad and ran off.

It's not clear when Dickerson left the force, but he has had a turbulent history with the NYPD.

Last year, he claimed that NYPD brass forced him to take responsibility for a rough arrest that was caught on camera because he wasn't meeting department arrest quotas. Dickerson claimed he wasn't even at the scene for the arrest.

Attorney information for Dickerson wasn't immediately available.

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