Officials said the man they believe hijacked an ambulance, running over and killing FDNY EMT Yadira Arroyo on Thursday night has a long list of arrests and a history of mental illness.
Jose Gonzalez, from Fordham Heights in the Bronx, was charged with murder, grand larceny and operating a motor vehicle while impaired by drugs for the death of Arroyo.
Gonzalez, who goes by the nickname, “Breezy Blood,” is a member of the Bloods gang with 31 past arrests, according to the New York Daily News.
The 25-year-old murder suspect’s last 10 arrests, as reported by the Daily News, include:
- Feb. 25, 2017: Criminal mischief, 46th Precinct, Fordham Heights.
- June 9, 2016: Assault, 46th precinct, Fordham Heights.
- Jan. 9, 2016: Criminal sale of marijuana, 46th Precinct, Fordham Heights.
- Dec. 18, 2015: Criminal mischief, 46th Precinct, Fordham Heights.
- July 31, 2015: Criminal sale marijuana, 46th Precinct, Fordham Heights.
- May 23, 2015: Criminal sale marijuana, 46th Precinct, Fordham Heights.
- Dec. 21, 2014: Making graffiti, 46th Precinct, Fordham Heights.
- Dec. 17, 2014: Public lewdness, 33rd Precinct, Washington Heights.
- July 31, 2014: Misdemeanor drug possession, 33rd Precinct, Washington Heights.
- May 14, 2014: Fare evasion, Midtown South Precinct, Midtown.
A reporter from PIX11 tweeted that Gonzalez was high and begging for a cigarette moments before he allegedly hijacked the ambulance, striking Arroyo and her partner, 31-year-oldEMT Monique Williams.
Around 35 members of Arroyo’s fellow EMTs hurled insults at Gonzalez during his perp walk on Thursday night. One person called him “a piece of s--t,” theDaily News reported.
“EMTs are heroes who help countless New Yorkers every day,” Gov. Andrew CuomotweetedThursday night. “Tonight’s tragedy in the Bronx is horrible. My deepest sympathies to the family.”