NYPD release bodycam footage of May Bronx shootout with suspect that happened feet away

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NEW YORK CITY, NY – Earlier in August, NYPD officials released the bodycam footage from an officer-involved shooting that happened on May 19th in the Bronx borough of New York City.

The dramatic footage shared by officials showed the exchanged gunfire that transpired between an NYPD officer and the suspect, who were spaced roughly three feet apart from each other during the incident.

At approximately 6:19 p.m. on May 19th, uniformed officers Lewellyn Alvarez and Imran Alli approached 39-year-old Calvin Peterkin after a reported incident at the Boost Mobile store on E. 174th St. and Vyse Avenue involving a man reportedly threatening an employee with a gun.

Officials say that CCTV footage captured Peterkin pulling a firearm from his waistband after getting into some sort of verbal altercation with the employee, minutes before police arrived in the scene.

A 911 caller later informed dispatch that she believed the suspect was attempting to rob the store, and the two officers who responded happened to be mere blocks away when the call came on the radio.

When officers Alvarez and Alli arrived at the store and approached the suspect, Peterkin can be seen being argumentative and noncompliant before starting to run from officers, firing two shots at Officer Alvarez during the foot pursuit.

Authorities say that Officer Alvarez fired five shots in response, with Officer Alli firing three. Peterkin was reportedly struck three times by the returned fire, having been struck in the left arm, right hand, and suffering a graze wound to his chest.

Officer Alvarez, who was mere feet away from the suspect when fired upon, was unharmed – as was his partner during the pursuit.

Despite having been shot three times, Peterkin was able to elude officers in that instance. However, police later caught up with Peterkin on May 24th, with the Regional Fugitive Task Force taking him into custody.

Peterkin has since been charged with attempted first-degree murder, attempted second-degree murder, first-degree criminal use of a firearm, first-degree reckless endangerment, two counts of second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, and menacing a police officer.

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Caught on camera: Police officer ambushed at traffic stop, barely manages to escape alive

(Originally published August 23rd, 2021)

SILVER CITY, NM – Officials recently released video of a traffic stop that occurred earlier in August, where a Silver City Police officer narrowly escaped an ambush as a suspect opened fire on the officer as he approached the driver’s side door of the vehicle.

An officer stopped 36-year-old Ruben Delao, the driver of a Chevy Suburban, in downtown Silver City earlier in August after running the plate and noticing the suspect had no insurance. Before Officer Stephen Laramore could get out a few words, video shows Delao opening firing while slightly hanging out his driver’s side window.

Officer Laramore ran, quickly seeking cover from vehicles nearby and radioed for assistance. By sheer luck, the officer was not shot despite being so close to the suspect when shots rang out.

As the suspect speeds off, Officer Laramore hops back into his cruiser to pursue the individual, while other Silver City officers join the chase. Authorities say that Delao was hitting speeds in excess of 100 MPH while fleeing from police.

Delao reportedly hit the highway toward Lordsburg, with Officer Laramore hitting a shortcut to get to the highway.

Officer Laramore came under fire once again, as authorities say that the suspect fired at the officer’s vehicle while passing him on the side of the road.

The suspect allegedly continued to fire at officers while being pursued, with at least one officer returning fire on the suspect’s vehicle during the chase.

After roughly half an hour, police say that Delao eventually pulled over and surrendered to police.

It was later found that Delao was wanted out of Colorado for a reported parole violation stemming from a previous armed robbery conviction.

Prior to the robbery conviction, Delao also served a 10-year prison sentence after cleaning and disposing of a murder weapon used in a 2004 shooting

The suspect also reportedly told investigators that he was high during the traffic stop and shooting.

Delao has since been charged with attempted murder following his arrest.

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Heroes: Police and bystanders lift car to free baby trapped underneath after drunk driving crash

(Originally published July 27th, 2021)

YONKERS, NY – Two Yonkers Police officers and bystanders worked together to help lift a vehicle where a baby was trapped underneath following a suspected drunk driver crashing into the child and her mother and plowing through a local business’ storefront.

The crash was captured by surveillance footage, with the two officers’ bodycams catching the heroic rescue in action following the wreck.

On July 23rd at approximately 8:30 a.m., a 43-year-old male, identified as David Poncurak, was reportedly behind the wheel of a Hyundai Elantra on Lake Avenue when he struck a curb and parked vehicle while making a turn.

After colliding with the vehicle, video shows the driver hit a 36-year-old woman who was with her infant daughter, then crashing into the façade of a barbershop.

It just so happened that Yonkers Police Officers Rocco Fusco and Paul Samoyedny were having breakfast nearby where the crash occurred and ran over to the scene where they found that the infant was trapped underneath the vehicle.

Both of the officers, as well as bystanders inside of the barbershop, worked together to get the vehicle hoisted up so the young girl could be pulled out from underneath the vehicle.

Yonkers Police Commissioner John Mueller described the actions as “nothing short of heroic” in a statement following the incident:

“It is always a tragedy when someone is injured by the reckless and criminal acts of another person, and that is only amplified when those injured include an infant.”

“Luckily, two veteran officers of Yonkers’ finest just happened to be getting breakfast next door and quickly took action along with members of the community to rescue a child trapped under the vehicle and render aid to her mother. The actions taken are nothing short of heroic.”

“The individual arrested in this incident will now have to face the consequences of his alleged behavior.”

The infant sustained a skull fracture and burns to her back and foot, while her mother suffered a broken leg.

While the injuries are serious and both the mother and child are still hospitalized, police officials said on July 25th that they’re “doing extremely well” in light of the circumstances.

Poncurak and the female passenger with him during the crash were reportedly no injured during the crash. There was also reportedly an open container of alcohol found inside of the suspects vehicle following the collision, according to reports. 

The suspect has since been arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated, second-degree vehicular assault, and second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation.

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Ring camera captures man’s threats to rape and kill woman inside her home, leads to his capture

(Originally published July 26th, 2021)

LAS VEGAS, NV – A male suspect was arrested in Las Vegas after being caught on a Ring doorbell camera threatening to rape and kill the woman inside of the home earlier in July.

The victim who was inside of the home during the incident posted the Ring video to social media, which helped in identifying the suspect.

Amanda Nowak was alone at her home located off of South 6th Street near Charleston on July 21st when a man she didn’t know approached her front door and started talking through the front door. The unnamed suspect shown in the Ring video can be heard saying:

“I just have a couple question for you. Are you sure? Are you positive? Are you sure? Are you absolutely certain?”

Nowak says she never responded to the man at the door during his initial questioning, opting instead to call 911 and hide.

The suspect then begins to walk away when Nowak’s husband, who wasn’t home at the time of the incident, accessed the Ring doorbell and asked, “Who are you” as the suspect was initially walking off.

Turning around after hearing Nowak’s husband on the intercom, the suspect reiterates that he “had a couple of questions” and then approaches the door once again. The suspect then says, while facing the Ring device:

“Can you hear me? What I’m looking for is the girl that’s in the house, because I’m going to rape her and kill her right now. Will you have her open the door? I’m gonna rape and kill the girl that’s on the other side of this door when she lets me in. I want to rape and kill her because I have a knife and a gun. Yeah, and I’m just gonna knock on the door again. Alright.”

After saying the aforementioned, the suspect then walks away from the home.

The 911 operator stayed on the line with Nowak during the entire incident, but reportedly police never responded to her home.

The day following the incident, Nowak posted the video online which wound up leading to someone recognizing the man and police arrested him in the area of East Clark Avenue and South 3rd Street.

The suspect was booked into the Clark County Detention Center under charges of stalking, coercion, and obstructing a police officer. Police say that the suspect was booked under “John Doe” and have yet to identify him.

Authorities say that additional details will be released once they become available.

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