David Schwimmer Helps NYPD Nab Suspect in Stabbing Investigation

Celebrity News May. 27, 2014 AT 7:05PM
David Schwimmer Friends alum David Schwimmer helped the NYPD track down a suspect in a stabbing case. Credit: Michael Kovac/Getty Images

Lucky for the NYPD, David Schwimmer wasn't "on a break" with his home security cameras — and, as a result, the actor has helped nab a suspect in a stabbing case.

The 47-year-old Friends alum — who lives in Manhattan's East Village with his wife, Zoe Buckman, and 3-year-old daughter, Cleo — helped police solve a crime after he provided them with surveillance video taken outside his posh townhouse early Sunday morning, Yahoo has confirmed.

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According to the New York Post, Schwimmer's cameras picked up the end of a violent altercation between his 26-year-old male neighbor, a prostitute, and an alleged robber, which had started in a nearby duplex apartment building and spilled out onto the street when the men crashed through a glass lobby door.

The newspaper reports that the neighbor was the victim. He was reportedly being visited by a prostitute, a transgender woman in her 20s, when a 21-year-old man, who was possibly in cahoots with the hooker, broke into the apartment and attempted to steal a computer.

When police noticed the security camera outside Schwimmer's home, they asked to view it and took the tape into evidence.

The alleged robber, Robert Rainey, who's from Newark, New Jersey, was taken into custody and charged with assault, criminal possession of a weapon, and robbery. Meanwhile, Schwimmer's neighbor was treated at Bellevue Hospital for stab wounds to the face.

A rep for Schwimmer would not comment about his assistance in the investigation.

What a difference a few months make! Last summer, we reported that Schwimmer wasn't winning any friends in his new neighborhood after his lengthy renovation to the historic property — a circa-1852 five-story townhome, which he purchased for $4.1 million — was ticking off neighbors. Last August, a message was spray-painted on the construction plywood wall outside the lavish brick building that said, "Ross is not cool," a reference to the paleontologist the Queens, New York, born actor played for 10 seasons on Friends, which went off the air in 2004.

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This incident seems to be Schwimmer's message to his neighbors that, well, he'll be there for them.

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