Co-Defendants Shot At Officers As They Tried To Flee

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Carrying out a one-hour crime spree has turned into 40 years to life in prison for a Queens man, prosecutors announced Friday.

As WCBS 880’s Irene Cornell reported, Darius Lowery, 25, started his crime spree one early morning on February 2, 2010 when someone left a running car unattended outside their home in St. Albans.

Lowery, of Ozone Park, and his partner in crime Urban Fermin, 33, stole the car and drove to South Ozone Park, where they saw an 72-year-old woman just opening her front door.

Prosecutors successfully argued the pair put on masks, grabbed guns, broke in and ransacked the woman’s home.

They then moved on to robbing a 35-year-old woman who was walking down the street.

When officers spotted the stolen car, a high-speed chase ensued. One of the defendants leaned out of the speeding car and fired at least eight shots at the police cruiser, Cornell reported.

The men then jumped out of the moving car, which crashed, and they were captured.

At his trial, Lowery was convicted of first- and second-degree attempted murder, first-degree reckless endangerment, first-degree attempted assault, attempted aggravated assault on police officer, first-degree burglary, first- and second- degree robbery, second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, fourth-degree grand larceny, fourth-and fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property, first-degree unauthorized use of a vehicle and third-degree unlawful fleeing a police officer in a motor vehicle.

“This case is a reminder of the demanding and dangerous challenges that police officers face each day in protecting the public. Thanks to the officers’ quick action in this case, the defendants’ hour-long crime spree netted them nothing more than spending the rest of their lives behind bars,” Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said in a statement.

Fermin was previously sentenced to 30 years to life in prison, according to prosecutors.

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