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NYC ‘career criminal,’ 23, charged in brazen shooting that wounded two officers

Charlie Vasquez, 23, from Brooklyn, was charged with two counts of attempted murder, assault, criminal use of a firearm after allegedly opening fire and wounding two NYPD officers 

A ‘career criminal’ with more than half-dozen of prior arrests has been charged after he allegedly opened fire and wounded two NYPD officers on Thanksgiving eve. 

Charlie Vasquez, 23, from Brooklyn, was charged with two counts of attempted murder, assault, criminal use of a firearm, criminal possession of a weapon, reckless endangerment, and menacing, police said. 

Vasquez was arrested in The Bronx, near the 48th Precinct, on Wednesday, after he reportedly opened fire on NYPD officers Alejandra Jacobs and Robert Holmes – an incident caught in surveillance video.    

Jacobs, a military veteran, was shot twice in the right arm, while Holmes, who has been in the department for eight years, was shot in his right armpit area.  

Jacobs and Holmes were treated at St. Barnabas Hospital, where they were cheered and escorted to an NYPD vehicle taking them home by fellow officers after their discharges on Friday and Saturday, respectively. They are both expected to make a full recovery. 

‘This is a Thanksgiving ‘tradition’ we never want to repeat,’ the Police Benevolent Association (NYC PBA) tweeted after both officers were discharged.

‘There is no fear on the streets right now,’ New York City Police Commissioner Dermot Shea said during a press conference on Friday. ‘We can take guns off the streets and fill up truck loads. Until we start putting some of these individuals in jail, we are going to have a tragedy.’

Police said Vasquez had eight prior arrests, at least one for criminal possession of a weapon for allegedly pulling a shotgun on a 32-year-old male during a fight in 2017. 

The incident is the latest in an alarming spike in violent crime in the city.

Surveillance video of the incident shows a man believed to be Vasquez sitting on the front steps of a house in The Bronx, as Holmes opens a gate to approach him with Jacobs following behind

Surveillance video of the incident shows a man believed to be Vasquez sitting on the front steps of a house in The Bronx, as Holmes opens a gate to approach him with Jacobs following behind

In the video, Holmes appears to aim at the suspect's left pocket, while Vasquez pulls away

The situation then rapidly escalates with Holmes and Vasquez wrestling and Holmes can be seen firing at the suspect, who had reportedly started fire seconds before

In the video, Holmes appears to aim at the suspect’s left pocket, while Vasquez pulls away. The situation then rapidly escalates with Holmes and Vasquez wrestling and Jacobs can be seen firing at the suspect, who had reportedly started fire seconds before

Police Commissioner Dermot Shea said that the gun Vasquez allegedly carried had made its way to New York from Georgia, where it had been reported stolen

Police Commissioner Dermot Shea said that the gun Vasquez allegedly carried had made its way to New York from Georgia, where it had been reported stolen

Jacobs and Holmes were responding to a 911 call reporting an individual with a gun who matched Vasquez’s description, when they arrived at a Bronx property where Vasquez was sitting outside.

Footage of the incident shows a man believed to be Vasquez sitting on the front steps of a house in The Bronx, as Holmes opens a gate to approach him with Jacobs following behind. 

Officers gave verbal instructions to Vasquez to take his hands out of his pockets but he opened fire instead, police said in a briefing with Mayor De Blasio, Police Commissioner Dermot Shea and NYC PBA president Pat Lynch addressed the media on the incident on Friday. 

In the video, Holmes appears to aim at the suspect’s left pocket, while Vasquez pulls away. The situation then rapidly escalates with Holmes and Vasquez wrestling and Jacobs can be seen firing at the suspect, who had reportedly started fire seconds before.

A third officer appears on camera after Jacobs and the suspect step out of frame when the officer wrestles Vasquez to the ground.  

Shea said that the gun Vasquez allegedly carried had made its way to New York from Georgia, where it had been reported stolen. 

‘We’ve started a holiday tradition. Unfortunately, the holiday tradition is spending a holiday in an emergency room next to the bed of a police officer that was shot again,’ Lynch said. 

‘Yes, there are guns on the streets but perps aren’t afraid to carry them. They’re not afraid to put it on their belt, put it in their pocket and pull it out on a police officer. That’s the problem,’ he added. 

'This is a Thanksgiving 'tradition' we never want to repeat,' the Police Benevolent Association (NYPBA) tweeted after both officers were discharged. NYPBA president Pat Lynch, Mayor De Blasio and Police Commissioner Dermot Shea held a press briefing on Friday to address the incident

‘This is a Thanksgiving ‘tradition’ we never want to repeat,’ the Police Benevolent Association (NYPBA) tweeted after both officers were discharged. NYPBA president Pat Lynch, Mayor De Blasio and Police Commissioner Dermot Shea held a press briefing on Friday to address the incident

Holmes (pictured) and Jacobs were treated at St. Barnabas Hospital, where they were cheered and escorted to an NYPD vehicle taking them home by fellow officers after their discharges on Friday and Saturday, respectively. They are both expected to make a full recovery

Holmes (pictured) and Jacobs were treated at St. Barnabas Hospital, where they were cheered and escorted to an NYPD vehicle taking them home by fellow officers after their discharges on Friday and Saturday, respectively. They are both expected to make a full recovery

Jacobs (pictured), a military veteran, was shot twice in the right arm, while Holmes, who has been in the department for eight years, was shot in his right armpit area

Jacobs (pictured), a military veteran, was shot twice in the right arm, while Holmes, who has been in the department for eight years, was shot in his right armpit area

The latest New York City crime statistics shows overall crime is up year-over-year

The latest New York City crime statistics shows overall crime is up year-over-year

Shea said: ‘What we know about the individual is that he is a career criminal with far too many arrests still on the streets of New York City as we’ve seen far too many times.’

‘We have two incredibly brave police officers doing their job, and not complaining a bit right now as they’re laying recovering in a hospital bed eager to get back to work and loving what they do serving the people of New York City. It’s time for the rest of the system to do its job and make the streets as safe as they can be,’ he concluded.  

Jacobs left the hospital on Friday and Holmes did on Saturday, but they were both cheered and escorted by dozens of fellow NYPD officers who celebrated their recovery. 

‘It has to stop… We have to correct the political mistakes that were made in the past so that we stop losing police officers and we stop spending the holidays praying for their recovery,’ Lynch said on Friday. 

According to the most recent crime data released by the NYPD, shooting incidents on the week to date have increased over 30 percent from the same time last year. 

Just in the three first months of the year, NYPD officers seized guns in 1,301 arrests, the highest number in the time frame in more than 15 years.

According to the NYPD's latest monthly numbers, overall crime was up 11.2 percent last month compared with October 2020

According to the NYPD’s latest monthly numbers, overall crime was up 11.2 percent last month compared with October 2020

In the week to date, overall crime was up 29.66 percent compared with the same period last year. Robbery was up by 44.4 percent and felony assault rose by 33.4 percent. 

Mayor de Blasio this month blamed the courts for New York City’s skyrocketing crime numbers as he touted a small decrease in the murder rate while ignoring an 11 percent jump in overall crime over October 2020.  

De Blasio had priorly defended ‘neighborhood policing’ and his decision to disband the plainclothes anti-crime unit, which has been involved in several highly-publicized police shootings.

However, Eric Adams, who will take office next year has pledged to bring back the unit. 

‘That’s an indictment on us that we have to disband something because the people assigned aren’t doing their job. How about saying, ‘You’re going to do your job’? Because if that officer is abusive in a plainclothes assignment, he’s going to be abusive in uniform,’ he said in November. 

Holmes left the hospital on Friday and Jacobs did on Saturday, but they were both cheered and escorted by dozens of fellow NYPD officers who celebrated their recovery

Holmes left the hospital on Friday and Jacobs did on Saturday, but they were both cheered and escorted by dozens of fellow NYPD officers who celebrated their recovery

Officers lined up to salute Robert Holmes during his release from St. Barnabas Hospital in the Bronx

Officers lined up to salute Robert Holmes during his release from St. Barnabas Hospital in the Bronx




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