David Schwimmer, most famous for his role as Ross Geller on the NBC show “Friends,” helped police solve a robbery that resulted in a stabbing after giving police surveillance footage from the cameras he installed around his New York City home, according to the Daily Mirror.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. The Stabbing Took Place Early Monday Morning
According to police, a 26-year-old man was in his apartment, which is across the street from Schwimmer’s home, with a prostitute, when a 21-year-old man broke into the older man’s home and tried to steal his computer, Entertainment Tonight reports. The robber allegedly stabbed the prostitute’s client in the face, causing the prostitute to flee the scene and sending the 26-year-old client to the hospital, according to The New York Post. Police have charged 21-year-old Robert Rainey of Newark, New Jersey, with robbery, criminal possession of a weapon and assault.
2. Cameras Around Schwimmer’s Home Helped Cops Investigate the Case
According to Sgt. Tom Antonetti of the NYPD, Schwimmer invited police officers into his home to review video collected from cameras outside of his home. The incident took place adjacent to Schwimmer’s townhouse and was picked up by his cameras, CNN reports.
3. Schwimmer Angered Neighbors After Renovating His Home in 2012
Schwimmer purchased his East 6th Street home in 2010 for $4 million, according to The New York Post. The massive renovation Schwimmer undertook in 2012 didn’t make him the most popular person on the block, but one of his neighbors said he turned out to be a pretty good neighbor. The New York Post reports:
“Four years ago, I would say David Schwimmer was the least popular guy on the block with the construction and all,” said resident Jayson Fillermutter, 31.
“But he has turned out to be a decent neighbor, and I am glad to hear he helped the cops with that stabbing.”
4. Schwimmer Is Best Known for his Role on Friends
David Schwimmer played Dr. Ross Geller, the lovably awkward paleontologist and Jennifer Aniston’s love interest, on the NBC sitcom Friends, which aired from 1994 to 2004, according to IMDb. The show aired on NBC and was rumored to be returning to the network for a reunion season in 2013, according to Gawker. The show’s co-creator, Marta Kauffman quickly confirmed the reunion was “not happening!” according to Hollywood Life.
5. Since Friends Ended, Schwimmer Has Voiced Animated Films and Directed
Schwimmer is one of the actors behind the highly successful Madagascar animated films, voicing Melman, the neurotic giraffe and voice of reason in the children’s films. He made his directorial debut in the 2007 Simon Pegg comedy, Run, Fatboy, Run.