In a bizarre incident, a 46yr old man handed a black backpack to another man while on the Eastern Parkway Esplanade at Utica Avenue on Sunday in Brooklyn, an area popular with residents who use it for biking, running or just relaxing on a bench in the shade, while hordes of strap hangers enter and exit the busy Utica Avenue hub for the numbers 3,4 and 5 trains.
It is not clear if any words were uttered, but the man who received the backpack looked in and saw a device that had a timer, duct tape and at least one red wire.
The man immediately flagged down some passing Cops who then called in the Bomb Squad. The heavily trafficked area was cordoned off for several hours, including train stoppage, while Officers from the Bomb Squad examined the package and searched for any possible additional devices.
A Bomb Squad Officer prepared an explosive charge contained inside a tube apparatus, which was then used to detonate the device on the scene. The Officer was spotted giving the ‘All Clear’ sign to his colleagues upon inspecting the package after the detonation. 46yr old Luis Rodriguez of Brooklyn, the man who allegedly initially had the backpack, was arrested near the scene. He was charged with Terrorism, Reckless Endangerment and Aggravated Harassment.
A 69yr old man riding his bicycle eastbound on 3rd Avenue in Brooklyn on Monday was rushed to New York University Lutheran Medical Center in critical condition after he was struck and run over by a truck.
The truck, bearing the name Manor Paving, was also traveling eastbound on 3rd Avenue when the driver proceeded to turn right onto 31st Street whereupon he struck the cyclist, who was wearing a safety helmet.
FDNY, NYPD and EMS personnel rushed to the scene and worked feverishly to extricate the man, whose leg was entangled in the warped bicycle. A Tourniquet was applied to the mans’ right leg before he was loaded into a FDNY ambulance and taken expeditiously to the hospital.
The 44yr old driver of the truck remained at the scene and as of today, Friday, there is no indication that he faces any charges. There is also no update on the condition of the cyclist. A NYPD spokesperson stated that the Investigation is still ongoing.
Police responding to reports of a crash on the southbound Laurelton Parkway near 128th Avenue in Queens found an unconcious man with trauma to the body lying partially on the right side shoulder, with a red and black motorcycle on the roadway in the left lane.
The critically injured man, who turned out to be a 42yr old off duty NYPD Officer, was rushed to a nearby Hospital where he was pronounced deceased.
Officers with the Emergency Services Unit were called in to search for the deceased Officers’ firearm. It is not known at this time what caused the crash or whether any other vehicles were involved. The Investigation continues.
A 911 call at 4:43PM today, reporting that two men were shooting at each other, sent cops rushing to the intersection of Utica Avenue and Montgomery Street in Brooklyn.
After arriving on the scene, one Police Officer then discharged his gun at a male suspect, identified by people on the scene as a mentally challenged, Church going man in his forties whose first name is Sahim.
The man was rushed to a hospital where he was pronounced dead. According to the NYPD, the Officer was taken to a hospital with minor injuries. Preliminary information from the NYPD indicates that a gun was not recovered at the scene.
Blood can be seen on the sidewalk at the intersection of Utica Avenue and Montgomery Street in Brooklyn on Wednesday April 4, 2018. (Credit: Theodore Parisienne)
Officers from the NYPD Marine Unit were called to the Gowanus Canal near Nevins Street in Brooklyn on Tuesday, after the body of a man was spotted floating in the waterway.
The body, which was in a bad state of decomposition, was not lifted aboard the police boat, but rather ‘towed’ to Pier 5 at the Brooklyn Bridge Park, where Detectives and the Medical Examiner conducted their preliminary investigation before the body was removed from the pier.
Photos taken of the activity at Pier 5 shows the deceased with something resembling duct tape wrapped around the facial area. The Medical Examiner will determine the cause of death. The NYPD says its’ Investigation is ongoing.
A Staten Island woman, identified by authorities as Lori Gjenashaj, was rushed to Richmond University Medical Center on the Island with a gunshot wound to the shoulder, after she was shot by Cops in a scene like out of the movies.
The madness started when Lori drove to 767 Nugent Avenue within the confines of the 122nd Precinct and fired off shots from a revolver. Cops were called but Lori took off in a black 2018 GMC Acadia with a man in the passenger seat just before they arrived.
One of the responding Police units spotted the SUV heading north on Hylan Boulevard near Hunter Avenue a few blocks away but she refused to stop. The chase was on. During a brief stop of the SUV on Hylan Boulevard near Clove Road, Officers managed to remove the male passenger and take him into custody, but Lori took off again. The gun was not recovered at that time.
Officers in the surrounding Precincts were put on alert for the SUV. Officers from the 120th Precinct then spotted Lori inside the SUV near 166 Highland Avenue and moved in to make the arrest. According to authorities, Lori then brandished the gun at the Officers, causing them to open fire. Authorities stated that two Officers fired a total of five shots, striking her once in the shoulder. Both Officers were taken to Staten Island University Hospital North as a precaution. The Investigation into this crazy incident continues.
Police and Firefighters responding to a report of people with difficulty breathing inside of the Newport School, also known as Public School 184, at 273 Newport Street in Brooklyn, found a number of children suffering from the effects of pepper spray, with runny eyes and noses. There were reports of some children vomiting.
According to authorities, a total of twenty people were evaluated after an eight year old boy brought a can of pepper spray to school and discharged it inside of a classroom.
Eleven children and one adult female staffer were removed to Brookdale Hospital for further treatment and observation. An Investigation into the incident is ongoing.
The United States Army Corp of Engineers, working with the National Transportation Safety Board and NYPD divers, lifted the red Eurocopter Helicopter involved in the multi fatal crash from the East River at the docks at East 23rd Street in Manhattan on Monday March 12, 2018.
A 24yr old female NYPD Officer was pronounced dead on scene after shooting herself in the head inside of 35 Troutman Street in Brooklyn.
The deceased Officer worked with the Department for the last two years. The events that lead to this tragedy are not known at this time. Authorities have not released the name of the deceased Officer at this time, pending proper family notification.