On February 5th, a horrific attempted robbery left an off-duty cop severely injured. According to initial reports, the officer was in contact with an individual on Facebook Marketplace. The two had agreed on a deal where the officer would buy a Honda Pilot. As a part of the deal, the officer was expected to bring about $24,000 to a location where the other person would bring the vehicle.
The officer, thinking ahead, asked his brother-in-law to attend the meet up with him.
When the duo arrived at the meet up spot at around 7 P.M. on February 5th, they were met by an armed suspect. The person reportedly told the officer, “give me your money,” before firing his handgun five times. While discharging the weapon, at least one bullet hit the officer in the side of his head.
The quick-thinking brother-in-law immediately responded. He pulled the officer’s gun from the holster and returned fire toward the suspect at least six times. It remains unclear whether these shots hit the individual who reportedly jumped into a black BMW SUV and fled the area.
The officer is currently on life support at Brookdale Hospital.
Unfortunately, this isn’t the first time that the suspect has attempted a robbery after making an online arrangement. On Friday prior to this event, the individual is believed to have stolen $18,000 from a different victim. Police are currently searching for the individual they believe is responsible for both crimes.
Attempted Robbery and Firearm Crimes in New York
Under New York law, attempted robbery that results in significant bodily injury to another is an extremely serious crime. If charged with first-degree robbery, then you could get sentenced to up to 25 years in prison as a result of your actions. This type of crime is also a felony charge, which means you’ll suffer life-long consequences if you get convicted. Felony convictions mean you’ll lose certain rights, like the ability to possess a firearm or vote.
While robbery with a firearm is a serious crime, you are always considered innocent until proven guilty. You have a right to defend yourself in court. You also have the right to hire a lawyer to help you achieve the best possible legal outcome in your situation.
If you’ve found yourself in a situation where charges or likely or you’ve already been arrested, then our firm can help. Contact our office today to schedule a consultation with our criminal defense attorneys.