The ex-con who allegedly opened fireplace at an off-duty cop after an Higher Manhattan crash this week later stashed the gun inside a teddy bear in a baby’s crib, in keeping with federal prosecutors.
The male officer was driving to work round 6:30 a.m. Wednesday — crossing the Macombs Dam Bridge from the Bronx into Manhattan — when Jamar Baker, 26, slammed his Ford SUV into the cop’s personal automobile a number of occasions, in keeping with federal prosecutors in Manhattan.
Baker then pulled his automobile up subsequent to the cop’s automobile, spat at him and hurled an unspecified slur, in keeping with a legal grievance.
As each motorists saved driving, Baker allegedly fired a gun on the officer, hanging the entrance bumper and tire of his automobile at West a hundred and fifty fifth Avenue and Edgecombe Avenue, the grievance stated.
The cop was not damage and didn’t return fireplace, police stated.
Police later recovered two .380-caliber shell casings from the street, the grievance stated.
Baker drove off within the SUV, with New Jersey plates, however was later picked up in Brooklyn, authorities stated.
Regulation enforcement recognized his automobile utilizing license plate reader pictures, in keeping with the federal grievance.
Officers searched an residence the place Baker went instantly after the taking pictures — and located a pistol stuffed inside a teddy bear in a baby’s crib, the court docket doc stated.
The weapon matched the caliber of the shell casings discovered on the scene, the grievance alleged.
Baker, of the Bronx, appeared earlier than federal Justice of the Peace Decide Barbara C. Moses on Thursday.
He was charged with one depend of possessing a firearm after having been convicted of a felony, and one depend of possessing ammunition after having been convicted of a felony, in keeping with prosecutors.
Every depend carries a most sentence of 10 years behind bars.
On the time of the taking pictures, Baker was on federal supervised launch in reference to a 2014 theft conspiracy conviction, for which he served about 5 years in jail, prosecutors stated.
“For no obvious cause, Jamar Baker allegedly determined to select a struggle with an harmless driver heading to work,” US Lawyer Damian Williams stated in an announcement.
“Little did he know, the sufferer we allege he harassed and shot at is an NYPD officer who was on his strategy to the precinct to start his shift. The random assault and mindless legal habits not solely put the officer in peril, however we additionally allege Mr. Baker hid the weapon inside a baby’s toy, and put it again within the baby’s crib. Mr. Baker will now face federal justice for his reckless actions.”
NYPD Commissioner Keechant Sewell stated that “gun violence impacts all New Yorkers — together with NYPD law enforcement officials, each on and off responsibility.”
“The NYPD and our legislation enforcement companions on the US Lawyer’s Workplace for the Southern District of New York vow to make use of each useful resource out there to make sure that criminals are at all times held absolutely accountable for his or her reckless actions,” the highest cop stated.