Federal agents arrested an ex-EMT in Sheepshead Bay Tuesday morning for allegedly stealing nearly 200 oxycodone pills from a drug dealer in 2017.
The 28-year-old defendant, the son of a senior FDNY official, allegedly posed as a police officer in July 2017 by brandishing a fake police badge and mistakenly arresting a man with plastic handcuffs before confiscating nearly 180 prescribed oxycodone pills and escaping from the prison Scene on 63rd Street between 17th and 18th Streets in Bensonhurst.
The defendant was originally arrested as a suspect of the crime in October 2017. However, according to the complaint, the Kings County District Attorney refused to prosecute him because the prosecutor had not personally identified the suspect.
The man was arrested days before the Staten Island incident for re-posing as a police officer – a charge that was later dropped, the complaint reads – and the arrest officer later identified him as a suspect in the Bensonhurst robbery.
According to court records, the prosecutor originally misled the police for his own activities when he first spoke to him in 2017 and did not reveal that pills had been taken or that he had made plans to meet a buyer at the scene to they sell him prescription pills.
When the suspect was first arrested in 2017 for the alleged assault, he said to officers, “You know the guy I robbed is a drug dealer, right? The news made it sound worse than it was. I was just in a bad place thinking he was a bad guy and I needed pills. I didn’t think about it, I didn’t think he would call the police. ”
The suspect was the subject of previous news reports in 2017 when critics urged the FDNY to resign from his post as EMT. He claimed he would not show up for 911 inquiries and posed as a police officer on several occasions.
If convicted of robbery under the Hobbs Act, the defendant can face a prison sentence of up to 20 years. Prosecutors say he’s on bail for $ 150,000 and his next court appearance is not yet planned.
The suspect’s attorney, Amanda David of the Federal Defenders of New York, declined to comment.
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