Suspect involved in EMT murder arrested

  • Suspect involved in EMT murder arrested

Suspect involved in EMT murder arrested

"Don't feel sorry for me because I know my mom is going to protect me from a higher place", Jose Montes, 23, told CBS2 Friday from the family's Bronx home.

Jose Gonzalez, 25, of Creston Avenue had been riding on the bumper of the ambulance at White Plains Road and Watson Avenue about 7 p.m. Thursday when a motorist alerted the crew, police said. Arroyo, who left the ambulance door open, was approaching the man when he moved around her and entered the vehicle. Eventually, Arroyo grabbed the ambulance and was dragged; Gonzalez then backed up and ran her over, police said. Police said in a statement that Gonzalez reversed the ambulance into Arroyo, knocking her over, before driving over her with the vehicle. He then went forward, police say, dragging Arroyo into the middle of the intersection.

He then drove over Arroyo and continued to drive until he struck two parked cars and came to a rest. At that point, he stopped the ambulance and tried to flee on foot, police say. He was apprehended by passing MTA K-9 Officer Danny McCabe and a group of good Samaritans, the Post reported.

Arroyo's partner suffered minor injuries while struggling with the suspect, according to police.

The Twitter video reportedly shows her sobbing as she kneels over the body of her colleague.

The wake and funeral for fallen FDNY EMT Yadira Arroyo will be held next week. Arroyo died at Jacobi Medical Center.

"We know our EMTs are fearless and do crucial work, they save lives, they should not ever have to be subjected to violence, yet the danger always exists for them", the mayor said, according to NY Daily News. They do crucial work.

Mayor Bill de Blasio said EMTs should not have to encounter this type of danger.

Arroyo's son Edgar hugged his uncle Joel Rosado, his face blank two days after his mother's death.

"The murder of this fearless first responder, who was killed while simply doing her job helping to save others, is beyond horrifying", said foundation Chairman/CEO Frank Siller.

According to the Times, the man started to walk away, turned back around, and managed to get into the driver's seat of the ambulance.