‘Friends’ actor helps police solve NYC stabbing case

Posted at 11:21 AM, May 27, 2014
and last updated 2014-05-27 11:24:33-04
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(CNN) — The lyrics to the “Friends” theme song “I’ll Be There For You” proved to be more than just words this week when actor David Schwimmer helped cops solve an alleged stabbing near his building.

Schwimmer — best known for his starring role as Ross Geller on the 10-year hit NBC show — invited cops into his New York City townhouse Monday to view his surveillance video of a bloody brawl that took place in the adjacent apartment building, according to Sgt. Tom Antonetti of the NYPD.

The dispute began at 5:48 a.m. on the first floor of an East Village apartment building involving three individuals regarding the theft of a computer, police said. The disagreement became physical and one of the individuals involved suffered stab wounds to the face, police said. The victim was treated at Bellevue Hospital, they said.

The alleged stabber was arrested by police, but the third individual fled the scene, Antonetti said.

Robert Rainey, 21, of Newark was charged with assault, criminal possession of a weapon and robbery, Antonetti said.

Rainey also allegedly smashed a brick through the building’s lobby window, said Antonetti.

Police said that prior to viewing Schwimmer’s footage, they only had the stories of those involved to rely on for evidence.

It is unclear to what extent Schwimmer’s video helped solve the case though.

“I am sure it contributed in some form or fashion to the investigation,” Antonetti told CNN.

Representatives for the actor did not immediately return calls to CNN.