Stabbing victim saved by officer using a bag of chips says he wants to leave police-defunded NYC

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NEW YORK CITY, NY – On July 7th, a 28-year-old man in Harlem was stabbed in his chest in an attack he said was launched by his former girlfriend’s new boyfriend.

The stabbing victim, who credits the NYPD officer’s ingenious improvised compress using tape and a potato chip bag for saving his life, now says that he wants to get out of New York City.

Dylan Ubiles is grateful for the quick thinking employed by Officer Ronald Kennedy on the night he was stabbed in Harlem. Ubiles said that he was stabbed by his ex-girlfriend’s new boyfriend in a park and staggered his way over to a nearby deli to get help.

However, the severity of the wound caused Ubiles to collapse on the sidewalk. When Officer Kennedy arrived on the scene, he asked bystanders to run into the nearby bodega and grab a bag of chips and some tape.

The officer then emptied out the chips on the sidewalk, and taped the bag over Ubiles’ wound, creating a compress that likely saved the man’s life. When Officer Kennedy spoke with reporters on what made him think to use a bag of chips, he responded with the following:

“I just needed something that was squared off at the edges and that particular size works well. With the squared-off edges on the bag and the tape we created that seal so that the air didn’t go in and collapse his lungs.”

Four days following the attack, police arrested 38-year-old Eric Rodriguez and charged him with attempted murder, assault, and weapons possession.

Recovery hasn’t been the easiest for Ubiles, noting that even breathing can hurt at times:

“It’s hard to breathe. I can’t take deep breaths. I got stabbed in a piece of my heart. If my heart beats too fast it hurts.”

This happens to have been the second time that Ubiles suffered a serious stabbing, as a visible hole in his neck stemmed from a stabbing that happened in July of 2020 where a man wielding a screwdriver attacked him outside of Lincoln Hospital in the Bronx.

Stacey Cuevas, Ubiles’s mother, says her son has been battling a heroin addiction and is suffering from homelessness. Ubiles said, after being released from the hospital, that he can’t continue down this path any longer and needs to leave New York City:

“Look at me: Shot, stabbed, cut. This is what happens when you live that lifestyle. This is not a lifestyle I want to live anymore. I want to get certain things from certain places, just like Justin Bieber, you know what I’m saying? ‘Peaches from Georgia, weed from California.’”

“But when you live a certain lifestyle, this is what it gets you. I can’t put my mom through that anymore…Go to Florida. Get away from New York. Take your kids and give them a different experience.”

 

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We at Law Enforcement Today previously reported on the incident where Officer Ronald Kennedy employed his improvised compress by way of a potato chip bag earlier in July. 

Here’s that previous report. 

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HARLEM, NY- The New York Police Department (NYPD) recently posted a video showing an officer improvising in an attempt to save the life of a stabbing victim.

According to a video post by Chief Rodney Harrison, the incident took place on Lenox Avenue in Harlem on July 7th. Officers reportedly responded to a call for a stabbing. In his tweet, Chief Harrison wrote:

“This is just one example of the heroic work that your NYPD officers do everyday. @NYPDShea @NYPDCheifPatrol @NYPDnews @NYPD29Pct.”

The video shows the victim bleeding on the ground.

Once on scene, Officer Ronald Kennedy took charge and covered up the victim’s wound using an empty bag of potato chips and tape. The man was taken to a nearby hospital, where according to a physician, the actions of the officer saved the man’s life.

In a separate incident, a Chicago police officer who died shortly after saving a man’s life was recognized for his bravery and courage.

According to reports, Officer Israel “Izzy” Martinez served on the force for five years before and was honored for what his fellow officers called “heroic” efforts. Commander Jill Stevens of CPD Near North District said in a statement:

“Last month, he went above and beyond when he successfully applied his Chicago Police Department LEMART training to help a juvenile who had sustained puncture wounds.”

In his five years on the force, Martinez saved the lives of four people. To his fellow officers, Martinez always seemed like a hero. Martinez’s sister, Estefania, said:

“He saved so many lives and he had so many more people to help, but his time has come.”

In February 2020, Martinez was credited with saving the life of a 15-year-old boy who had been stabbed. In a CPD presser, Martinez said:

“I applied a chest seal and conducted a sweep of the body to make sure no where else was bleeding.”

Earlier in June, Martinez was one of five officers honored as the “Officers of the Month” after they helped save the life of another stabbing victim on Michigan Avenue. In a sit-down interview after the incident, Martinez said:

“A man was bleeding profusely from the neck and instinctively I fell back on my LEMART training that was providing by the Chicago Police Department and immediately used a quick clot to stem the bleeding that the victim was suffering from.”

Martinez’s sister accepted a framed certificate of recognition for “Officer of the Month” on behalf of her brother, after he died “suddenly and unexpectedly”. According to his family, he died just 15 days after saving the Michigan Avenue stabbing victim’s life. 

In the days since Martinez’s sudden death, his partner, Officer Maurizo Cazares said he has struggled to understand why this happened. He said sometimes he looks over at the empty car seat beside him and feel’s Martinez’s presence. He added:

“The only thing I can come up with is that he truly was an angel sent down from God to help as many people as he could for the short amount of time he was on earth.”

Cazares said that after two-plus decades on the force, he had become a bit jaded, but that Martinez’s enthusiasm was infectious. He said:

“I wanted to go to work to work with him.”

He marveled at how “the kid” knew exactly what to do in the most dire of situations. Cazares said:

“There’s a guy on the ground stabbed multiple times. Martinez sees the guy. He’s putting on his gloves. He’s like, ‘Sir, you’re going to be OK. I got this.’ He patches the guy up until the ambulance comes and saves his life.”

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Earlier in July, we at Law Enforcement Today shared a report of a carjacking that resulted in the victim being shot multiple times in The Big Apple. 

Here’s that previous report. 

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NEW YORK CITY, NY – A group of armed carjackers, riding on dirt bikes, shot a Bronx-bound driver multiple times in the head on Washington Bridge before speeding off in the bleeding victim’s car early Wednesday, July 14th, police said.

The 45-year-old victim was driving in the eastbound lane of the Washington Bridge around 12:15 a.m. in Mount Eden when carjacking bikers surrounded him, authorities said.

Police say the bikers rode up beside the red 2020 Hyundai and ordered the driver to stop at gunpoint. The gunman used a .22-caliber pistol and shot the driver four times in the head and face.

The bikers then dragged the victim’s unconscious body from the car and stole it. They crashed a short time later down the highway.        

Police responding to a ShotSpotter alert located the victim standing on the side of the road near the bridge. He was rushed to Lincoln Medical Center where he was listed in critical condition. Authorities said he is expected to survive.

Police are searching for the bikers, and no arrests have been made.

The victim’s vehicle was recovered on the Cross Bronx Expressway, a short distance from where it had been stolen. No one was found with the abandoned and crashed vehicle.

At least five shell casings were recovered from the scene of the shooting. Police described one of the suspects as a long-haired Hispanic male riding a blue dirt bike.

New York City has experienced a substantial rise in crime this year, with juvenile violent crime escalating. Darcel Clark, Bronx District Attorney, said the bail reform measures put in place by Democratic city leaders last year has contributed to the violence:

“Those people who keep coming out and continuing to do this violence, bail reform should not apply to them, if they’re going to abuse it.

“And if it means to stop them from causing the violence that they have to be incarcerated while they’re waiting for their day in court, then so be it. But something has to give here.”

NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea commented Tuesday on the rapid rise in gun crimes in the city:

“The Bronx is back to a level not seen since 1996. We’ve had a bad run right now in the Bronx, specifically with gang violence involving young kids.

“And this is what literally … keeps me up. It kept me up last night. What are we going to do about this? And I think everyone should be talking about [it].”

The city suffered another shooting just after midnight, again involving bikers. The second shooting occurred in Midtown following a collision between dirt bikes and a white BMW.

Police have not said whether the two incidents were related.

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