A horrific video of an FDNY EMT and mother of five being run over took over social media last night. It was posted to Twitter by an account that is now private, but you can see the edited version above.
Yadira Arroyo was the victim. A 14-year EMT veteran, she had her ambulance stolen from her around 7:10 last night after noticing someone riding its bumper in the Soundview area of the Bronx. She and her partner pulled over, and she got out of the vehicle after noticing the hanger-on had stolen a backpack. That’s when he jumped into the cab of the ambulance and took off.
The man — or “madman,” if you’re the New York Daily News — accused is Jose Gonzalez, who was heckled by over 35 uniformed EMTs as he was led from the 43rd Precinct building in the Bronx this morning. Gonzalez, a 25-year-old the Daily News says was smirking as EMTs cursed at him, has been charged with three counts of murder, grand larceny and operating a motor vehicle while impaired by drugs.
Among others, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and popular account New York City Alerts tweeted in response to the incident:
EMTs are heroes who help countless New Yorkers every day. Tonight’s tragedy in the Bronx is horrible.
My deepest sympathies to the family.
— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) March 17, 2017
Jose Gonzalez, 25. Who murdered the EMT has a long criminal history with 30 prior arrests, can anyone answer why he was on the streets ? pic.twitter.com/Her0enOixk
— New York City Alerts (@NYCityAlerts) March 17, 2017
Here is Gonzalez leaving the precinct this morning:
— John Dias (@JohnBDias) March 17, 2017
[image via screengrab]
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