FDNY medic and mother-of-five is killed after a man steals her ambulance and runs her over in busy Bronx street
Mother-of-five Yadira Arroyo, 44, was crushed under the wheels when Jose Gonzalez carjacked the rig
Her devastated partner Monique Williams attacked Gonzalez, 25, afterwards
Jose Gonzalez had been spotted joyriding on the back of the vehicle just before the incident, the EMTs were alerted
When they stopped, Gonzalez then jumped into the driver’s side, and crushed Arroyo as he took off
Video shows ambulance plowing into victim on the busy Bronx street
Fordham Heights resident, Gonzalez, aka “Breezy Blood” and is a Bloods gang member
He has 31 past arrests, plus six other contacts with cops related to mental illness or injury
Faces charges of murder, grand larceny and operating a motor vehicle while impaired by drugs
First responder, Yadira Arroyo [photo] , a 44-year-old mother of five children, was killed Thursday night after a sick carjacker ran her over with her own rig
Harrowing footage has captured the sickening moment a FDNY medic and mother-of-five was run over and killed by a man who stole her ambulance, leaving her distraught partner trying to attack the carjacker.
The chaotic scene unfolded in a matter of minutes on Thursday evening around 7:10pm in the Bronx after the two medics were flagged down by members of the public and told a man was riding on the back bumper of their rig.
The two women were responding to an emergency call for a pregnant woman at the time.
Emotionall disturbed gang banger Jose Gonzalez [Left] carjacked an FDNY ambulance in the Bronx and ran over one the EMTs, Yadira Arroyo who was killed Thursday night
Distraught: Monique Williams kneeling beside her colleague’s body following the carjacking
Yadira Arroyo, 44, a 14-year veteran of New York’s Fire and Rescue pulled over as the man identified as 25-year-old Jose Gonzalez, tried to grab someone’s bag, according to witnesses. Moments before the deadly incident, Gonzalez reportedly had been going door to door in the neighborhood begging.
As Arroyo attempted to intervene, Gonzalez overpowered her following a brief struggle and jumped behind the wheel of the vehicle, where Arroyo’s partner, Monique Williams, 31, was sitting in the passenger side.
Shocking cellphone video shows the ambulance reverse and plow straight into the good Samaritan, Arroyo, who tries to desperately hold onto the still open door, leaving her for dead in the middle of the road.
Yadira Arroyo (left), a 44-year-old mother of five children, was killed Thursday night after Jose Gonzalez (right) carjacked her ambulance and ran her over
Arroyo and her partner were driving to a call when someone alerted them that a man was riding on their back bumper. The man then attempts a mugging which causes Arroyo to stop and offer assistance to the victim. When Arroyo got out of the ambulance to confront the man, he jumped into the driver’s seat and pulled away as she struggled to get him out.
The killer’s ruse worked – as soon as Arroyo got out of the ambulance to confront the man, he jumped into the driver’s seat and pulled away – running her over
Without stopping, Gonzalez then mindlessly drives straight into a parked car before being arrested by a passing off-duty MTA K-9 Officer Danny McCabe and members of the public.
As dozens of police arrive on the scene, Williams rushes to help the stricken Arroyo and screams out loud ‘My partner, my partner’, before launching herself on Gonzalez, who is handcuffed on the ground.
Arroyo’s irate partner, Monique Williams [third from left], launched kicks at Gonzalez after he was arrested and put in cuffs
An officer[far left] restrains Williams after she tried to attack the Gonzalez after the tragic carjacking that left her partner dead on a busy Bronx street
Jose Gonzalez, 25, the man arrested for running over FDNY emergency medical technician Yadira Arroyo and killing her after stealing her ambulance in the Bronx has a long arrest record and a history of mental illness, sources said.
Fordham Heights resident, Gonzalez, aka “Breezy Blood” is a Bloods gang member, who has 31 past arrests, plus six other contacts with cops related to mental illness or injury, according to police sources.
Photos of fallen EMT Yadira Arroyo in social media posts seen after her death
Guard of honor for the fallen FDNY team member. Officers salute the body of Arroyo as it arrived at the Medical Examiners Office in New York City on Thursday night
Meanwhile, Gonzalez was arrested and now faces charges of murder, grand larceny and operating a motor vehicle while impaired by drugs.
Police say his priors include charges of robbery, assault, criminal mischief, criminal possession of marijuana, public lewdness, graffiti and sale of marijuana.
Gonzalez who reportedly lives in an affordable housing apartment opened in 2015 by Volunteers of America for chronically homeless people, is described as an emotionally disturbed young man who had been depressed since his mother died as a child, according to relatives.
He was escorted by police from the 43rd Precinct early Friday morning to be booked in jail,
all the while muttering to himself as EMTs watched him being put in a police cruiser.
‘I’m innocent. I didn’t do nothing. I’m innocent,’ Gonzalez said.
Some of the EMTs yelled at Gonzalez as he was led past them.
‘You’re a piece of s***,’ one EMT said, according to the Daily News.
‘There’s a special place in hell for people like you,’ another added.
Cops and bystanders are seen on the right holding down the suspect, Jose Gonzalez, while the victim’s partner, EMT Monique Williams [center] bends down over her lifeless body
Officers attempt to restrain Williams from attacking the suspect as he lay in the street
‘The female EMT came out of the vehicle,’ Nagi said: ‘She left the door open.’
According to Nagi, Gonzalez jumped from the back, tried to mug someone and as Arroyo attempted to stop him he got behind the wheel and plowed into her.
‘He reversed so hard and she was dragged,’ said Nagi. ‘He ran over her and she went under the wheels.’
Gonzalez managed to get 20 feet before crashing and being dragged from the ambulance and subdued by Officer McCabe and other Good Samaritans.
‘He was incoherent and talking to himself,’ a witness said.
The other member of the EMT team, Monique Williams, who had exited the crashed rig, then runs to her fallen colleague’s aid and as she realizes there is nothing to be done lets out a harrowing wail and runs to kick Gonzalez in the head.
‘She was screaming, “my partner, my partner!” She was screaming hysterically. I can’t forget her screaming,’ Nancy Montavo who was a witness, said.
Memorial set up for Arroyo after her death on Thursday night
The body of Yadira Arroyo is loaded into ambulance on her way to the Medical examiner’s office by her men and women of the Fire Dept
FDNY it is understood are sympathetic towards Arroyo’s grief-stricken partner and her actions after her colleague was mowed down in the unprovoked attack. Sources said they do not blame Williams for her reaction. ‘Makes sense, the guy just ran over her partner,’ an FDNY source told the Post. ‘Wouldn’t blame her for wanting to kick his a**.’
Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro said the force was in mourning and praised both EMTs.
‘They were acting very brave,’ he said. ‘They certainly wanted to continue on their way to that call. The person had no business being in this ambulance.’
Nigro added, ‘No matter how many times we do this, it doesn’t make it any easier.’
Members of the FDNY salute Arroyo’s flag-draped body as it was taken inside the ME’s office
EMTs salute their slain colleague as her body was taken out of an ambulance into the ME’s Office, Thursday night in NY
‘She started her shift today like every other today, and then a senseless act of violence takes her life,’ de Blasio said of the victim.
The family is going through ‘unspeakable grief,’ added the mayor.
FDNY medic Yadira Arroyos was killed when a man pulled her partner out and jumped into her ambulance and rode right over her on March 16, 2017
Ironically, a recording of the event was uploaded to Twitter by a user who goes by the Twitter handle @therealswavyjay. He was later identified by the Daily News as 20-year-old Justin Lopez. Lopez was filming while his brother was behind the wheel of the car. They were driving toward the ambulance in the waning moments of the event and in the immediate aftermath.
‘I was coming from the street, up to the red light and I just saw the ambulance, the sirens and lights, and I told my brother look something’s happening, and then somebody just hopped in, and then he hit two cars and ran over the person,’ he said.
‘I realized he was hijacking the car.’