New York, NY – Police have reported a 25-year-old man who allegedly stole an ambulance in the Bronx and ran over two FDNY EMTs, killing one of them, a mother of five, has been arrested on murder and other charges.
Law enforcement sources say it’s Jose Gonzalez’s 32nd arrest in 13 years; charges range from assault to criminal trespassing, robbery and public lewdness.
According to the NYPD, and reported by NBC4, NY – Gonzalez, who is claiming innocence, jumped into the idling ambulance when Yadira Arroyo and her partner pulled over on the corner of White Plains Road and Watson Avenue around 7 p.m. Thursday to help a civilian who flagged them down. Arroyo, 44, and her partner tried to stop him and he put the ambulance in reverse, knocking Arroyo to the ground and driving right over her.
Gonzalez allegedly kept going in reverse after mowing down the 14-year FDNY EMS veteran, hitting two other occupied vehicles and a parked towncar. He then went forward, police say, dragging Arroyo into the middle of the intersection. Video posted to Twitter by a bystander shows the ambulance speeding across an intersection with one of its doors open, its lights flashing and the body of Arroyo being dragged underneath the vehicle.
Leaving her body in the roadway, Gonzalez tried to turn left on Watson Avenue, but hit two other parked cars. At that point, he stopped the ambulance and tried to flee on foot, police say.
Dozens of fellow EMTs were outside the medical examiner’s office at Bellevue Hospital on Thursday night. They saluted as the ambulance carrying Arroyo’s body drove by.
None of the people in the occupied vehicles hit by the stolen ambulance were hurt, authorities said.