A contingent of EMTs stared down Jose Gonzalez as he was led out of the 43rd Precinct, professing his innocence, in handcuffs before dawn.
Charges against him include two counts of first-degree murder, two counts of second-degree murder, first-degree manslaughter and first-degree robbery. “I’m innocent, I ain’t do nothing”, Gonzalez, a Bronx resident with a long criminal record, told reporters, the Daily News reported.
When Arroyo got out of the ambulance, Gonzales got into the driver’s seat of the rig.
He then put the ambulance in reverse and hit Ms Arroyo, who was caught beneath the wheels. Apparently, he hit some other occupied vehicles as well, but no other injuries were reported.
Arroyo reportedly grabbed onto the ambulance and was dragged.
At this time, a man entered the driver’s side of the ambulance.
“All I see was the ambulance with the lights on the corner, and I’m wondering what’s happening, but I didn’t know it was something big”, Lopez said.
“Thank you so much”, said Joel Rosado, Arroyo’s brother, about the Daily News’ fund-raising efforts.
She was the mother of several children and was dating and FDNY paramedic.
Arroyo’s wake and funeral will be held next Thursday and Friday. A passing motorist alerted them that a man was riding the bumper of the ambulance.
Arroyo is the eighth member of New York’s emergency medical services ever to die in the line of duty, Nigro said.
FDNY emergency medical technician Yadira Arroyo.
“They do crucial work … they save lives”.
“The foundation encourages all to support our effort to give the children the life their loving mother envisioned for them”, the nonprofit said in a statement.
“She was always a sweetheart, always had a smile”, Watson said.
Arroyo had left the door open when she got out of the vehicle, according to the News.
In court Friday, the suspect’s attorney said he was “severely mentally ill”, and claimed that Arroyo was not killed intentionally.
EMT Monique Williams cries at a bunting ceremony for slain EMT, Yadira Arroyo, whom she was partnered with when Jose Gonzalez stole their ambulance and ran over Arroyo. The organization didn’t immediately respond to an email request for comment early Friday.
Police didn’t immediately identify the man who was arrested.