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New York City authorities Friday arrested and charged an 18-year-old suspect in connection with Tuesday’s violent robbery of an off-duty cop.
Authorities have charged Oshawn Logan on four counts of theft, two gang charges, two charges of assault and grand larceny in connection with the violent robbery of the off-duty New York Police Department officer identified by VOC 5 New York as 48-year-old Muhammed Chowdhury.
“NYC police officers and our @NYCPDDEA brothers and sisters are doing our job,” the New York City Police Benevolent Association (PBA) said in a tweet Saturday in response to news of the arrest. “We will not stop until every member of this gang is handcuffed. Now the Bronx DA and courts must do their job. Under no circumstances should this perpetrator end up on the street again.”
NYPD said earlier this week that they were looking for four suspects, according to police, who were tired of a string of 19 armed robbery incidents in the Bronx during the month of August.
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“The investigation into the other incidents in the pattern continues,” the NYPD said in a Friday news release.
Chowdhury was jogging along 823 Olmstead Avenue in the Bronx around 10:30 a.m. when three suspects got out of a black Honda sedan in which the fourth suspect was driving and approached the victim.
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The male suspects repeatedly hit him on the head and then removed his cellphone, car keys and wallet, according to the NYPD.
The 18-year-old NYPD veteran is said to have suffered head injuries, including a “fractured skull and brain haemorrhage,” the ministry said in a news release. Authorities transported the victim to a nearby hospital in a critical but stable condition after the incident.
Nadira Sherin, Chowdhury’s wife, said: PIX11 News on Wednesday that the officer is in an artificial coma.
“He was proud of his job, serving the city. And in return, he’s in the hospital,” she told the outlet.
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The total violent crime rate in the city has increased by about 36% compared to last year and by more than 36% compared to 2020. The increase is largely driven by a 47% increase in large scale theft or theft of personal property, and a increase of almost 40% in robbery.
Authorities are asking anyone with information about the robberies or robbery pattern to contact the NYPD Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782 ). Tipsters can also submit information at https://crimestoppers.nypdonline.org.
Stephanie Pagones and Melissa Summers of Fox News contributed to this report.