NEW YORK(CBSNewYork) — Two suspects have been arrested in connection Tuesday afternoon in connection with the shooting of two NYPD officers responding to a grocery store robbery in the Bronx, according to police.
Jason Polanco — the suspected gunman — was charged with five counts of attempted murder of a police officer, as well as robbery, a weapons charge, and carjacking, police said. A second suspect, Joshua Kemp, was charged with robbery, criminal possession of a weapon, and criminal possession of stolen property, police said.
Both were silent as they were hauled out in handcuffs Tuesday night.
The chain of events started around 10:10 p.m. Monday, when two men – allegedly Kemp and Polanco – entered the Yemen Deli at 180th Street and Webster Avenue and announced a robbery, according to NYPD Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce.
As CBS2’s Alice Gainer reported, surveillance video showed a man with a bag jumping the counter, while another man with a gun ordered two customers to the ground.
“I’m working here. I make sandwiches, and I’m like this,” Abdo Alarir said, sticking his hands in the air as he described the terrifying incident to CBS2’s Jessica Schneider.
The store clerk took off, but the suspect caught up to him, dropped his knife, picked it back up, and dragged the clerk back around the corner ordering him to open the register, police said. Surveillance video showed the suspect dumping money into the duffel bag from the deli and lottery registers.
“I was scared,” Alarir said, “Very scared.”
The suspects were wearing masks and distinctive clothing during the robbery, Boyce said. After the robbery, the suspects walked west on 180th Street and north on Tiebout Avenue, Boyce said.