REPORT: Off-Duty NYPD Officer Allegedly Carjacked by Illegal Aliens at Gunpoint

by | Jun 17, 2024 | News

NEW YORK – Two armed men, believed to be Venezuelan migrants, carjacked an off-duty NYPD officer in Harlem on Friday night, law enforcement sources said. The suspects, armed with a fully automatic pistol, approached the officer as he sat in his 2020 BMW around 11:30 p.m. at West 146 Street and Bradhurst Avenue.

The men, displaying tattoos linked to a Venezuelan gang, forced the officer to relinquish his gun and keys before speeding off in his vehicle. “One of them knocked the officer’s gun out of his hand and demanded his keys,” police sources told the New York Post. The car, equipped with the officer’s iPad, was tracked down and found abandoned less than a mile away at West 138th Street and Broadway. Police quickly canvassed the area and apprehended the suspects.

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The suspects identified themselves as Jomar Crespo, 21, and Jose Rivera, 20, with a shared address in Waterbury, Connecticut. Authorities, however, suspect that the names provided are aliases. Both men were charged with a range of offenses, including robbery, grand theft auto, possession of a machine gun, possession of a loaded firearm, possession of stolen property, and making rapid-fire modifications to a gun. “One of the guns in the brazen incident had a Glock switch, making it fully automatic, something not typically seen in New York City,” sources told the Post.

This incident is the second time in a month that an attack on NYPD officers has been linked to Venezuelan migrants. In June, a 19-year-old migrant, associated with a Venezuelan gang, shot and wounded two officers. The suspect, Bernardo Raul Castro Mata, had entered the U.S. illegally in July and was recruited by a violent Venezuelan gang upon arriving in New York City. “Earlier in June, a 19-year-old migrant connected to a Venezuelan gang opened fire on two police officers, leaving them wounded,” reported the New York Post.

The latest attack has raised concerns about the involvement of migrants in violent gang activities in the city, adding to the ongoing discussions about immigration and public safety.

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