Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez currently announced that an off-duty New York City Police Officer has been arraigned on a 14-count complaint in which he is charged with first-degree spoliation and other charges for allegedly robbing a man of cash, valuables and a cellphone at gunpoint and pistol-whipping him outward of a Bushwick nightclub.
District Attorney Gonzalez said, “This defendant’s purported contemptuous and rapist function was in approach counterbalance to the promise he took to strengthen and serve. He then allegedly done a abominable conditions worse by secretly accusing mixed people of robbing him. We will now find to hold him accountable.”
The District Attorney identified the suspect as Anthony Delacruz, 34. He was arraigned currently before Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Danny Chun on a 14-count complaint in which he is charged with two depends of first-degree robbery, two depends of second-degree robbery, one count of third-degree robbery, two depends of second-degree assault, one count of third-degree assault, one count of second-degree menacing, two depends of third-degree secretly stating an incident, two depends of particular number; form of series plates; trailers, and one count of petit larceny. Bail was set at $100,000 bond or $50,000 cash and the defendant, who was dangling currently by the NYPD following his arrest, was systematic to return to justice on Mar 21, 2018. He faces up to 25 years in jail if convicted of the top count.
The District Attorney pronounced that, according to the investigation, on May 28, 2016 at approximately 3:30 a.m., in the closeness of Wyckoff Avenue and Grove Street, nearby the El Mekkah Bar and Grill, officers responded to a 911 call for shots fired. Responding officers were allegedly told by Officer Delacruz – who did not primarily brand himself as a police officer or state that he had fired his service arms – that he was off-duty and in his personal automobile when he was surrounded by several people who stole his bullion chain, Rolex watch and a bullion ring before fleeing. Officer Delacruz allegedly pronounced that he then chased after the perpetrators and exchanged gunfire with them, banishment his gun once and there were presumably two shots returned.
While on scene, Officer Delacruz allegedly forked to a organisation of people who he pronounced were concerned in the robbery. All were taken into custody, and video justification taken from El Mekkah definitively showed that nothing of the men identified by Officer Delacruz were concerned in the purported robbery. The men were manifest on camera in a opposite plcae from where the purported spoliation occurred. The officer was taken to a hospital, where NYPD crew dynamic that he was not stirring about details, and not in possession of his defense while armed and therefore non-professional for duty.
Upon serve investigation, Officer Delacruz and an unclear confederate are allegedly prisoner on video opposed another man, whose temperament is famous to the District Attorney, who was hiding behind a car. The video serve shows Officer Delacruz allegedly indicating his service arms at that man.
Furthermore, according to the investigation, the 3 men go off camera and when they return to camera perspective the unclear confederate is carrying wardrobe and sneakers and he and Officer Delacruz walk away. The victim can after be seen on camera dressed only in a t-shirt, fighter shorts and with no shoes. The victim was allegedly pistol-whipped by the suspect and DNA recovered from the nozzle of the officer’s gun belonged to the victim. A bombard surrounding recovered on the stage matched the defendant’s gun, the review found.
During the march of the investigation, Officer Delacruz identified the pistol-whipped victim as one of the men who attacked him. Charges that were filed in tie with that purported occurrence were after dismissed.