The man accused of stealing an FDNY ambulance and running over an EMT was allowed to walk the streets thanks to a judge who declined to set bail after the suspect was arrested for assaulting a cop. It was one of 31 arrests for the career criminal.
According to the New York Post, José Gonzalez is a suspected gang member, and had faced Bronx Criminal Court Judge David Kirschner on February 26 on charges of assaulting a police officer during a robbery arrest.
“Many of [his prior busts] don’t seem that severe, but after a while, a judge has to look at the numbers — 31 arrests is a lot,” a NYPD source reportedly told the New York Post. “And the one with the cop — they definitely should have at least held him on some bail.”
Jose Gonzalez is a Bloods gang member with 31 prior arrests for assault, robbery and weapons possession https://t.co/vYOdztF9KQ
— New York Post (@nypost) March 18, 2017
Yadira Arroyo, an EMT for the Fire Department of New York City, was killed on Thursday in the Bronx section of New York City after Gonzalez allegedly jumped on the back of the ambulance she was driving alongside her partner. When the EMTs got out of the ambulance to remove him, Gonzalez reportedly darted past them and jumped into the driver’s set, commandeering the vehicle.
As the 44-year-old mother of five tried to stop Gonzalez from driving off with the ambulance, she got stuck under the vehicle and was dragged to her death.
Arroyo’s relatives are reportedly outraged that her killer was not behind bars after so many arrests.
“We don’t understand why he kept getting released,” said Arroryo’s uncle Edwin Rosado told the New York Post. “He should never have been let out of jail. Especially if they’re saying he’s freaking nuts.”