"Hero cop" --- AH-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA !!! --- Neighborhood vigilante and thug is more like it --- and --- pretty much a "Bully boy" - "On the job"
THE PRESS REALLY NEEDS TO LOOK MORE CLOSELY INTO THIS GUY, DET. LT. RUSSO --- AND EVERYBODY NEEDS TO ASK WHY IT TOOK HIM NEARLY SIX MONTHS TO GET MORE DEEPLY INVOLVED IN THIS MURDER CASE THAN HE HAD BEEN PREVIOUSLY
NYPD Detective Lieutenant John Russo testified in court in the Vetrano-Lewis case about his first encounter(s) with a man that he later fingered as the man guilty of the murder of Karina Vetrano. Russo said that his recollections from his May 30 & 31, 2016 encounters with Chanel Lewis were that: he saw an "out of place'' man wearing 'long sleeves' and his "hood up in warm weather"; that "[a]fter several minutes of watching, [he] believed [Chanel Lewis] was about to commit or had previously committed a burglary... so [Russo said he] called 911 and reported a suspicious a male....." ; all told, Russo testified the he had been watching Chanel Lewis' unusual behavior for nearly an hour on that first day; and that on the following day, Russo tracked Lewis down in the same area and called detectives to question him.
Hmmmmm !!! "[O]ut of place" --- "... believed he was about to commit or had previously committed a burglary..." --- what a neighborhood watcher that John Russo was at the end of May 2016 --- a regular "Black Knight"..... If only it had ended there; however, surely, it did not.
All of that was reported in a very good compilation by the Daily Mail about the Vetrano-Lewis trial (See "High-ranking NYPD cop who cracked the Queens jogger case recalls his dramatic first encounter with the man who brutally 'raped and strangled' Karina Vetrano" by Jessica Schroeder & Snejana Farberov, 11/9/18 [updated 11/12/18], Daily Mail/ Dailymail.com [https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6370655/NYPD-officer-cracked-Queens-jogger-case-testifies-court.html]).
That very same Daily Mail report stated that "[Chanel Lewis'] dramatic arrest came eight months later during [an] investigation in[to] the killing of Karina Vetrano, who was murdered in the same area Russ[o]l had his encounter with Lewis.... Russo ordered detectives to track him down, and they ultimately found DNA from [Chanel Lewis'] home that matched the DNA at the crime scene...."
That sort of begs two questions: how was it that an "off duty" and "volunteer" Det. Lieut. John Russo could "order" detectives to do anything; and why did it take him all of six months into the Vetrano murder investigation to throw his substantial NYPD weight around.