Chain Snatchers Shot by Off-Duty Cop They Tried to Rob
NEW YORK– A pair of chain snatchers picked the wrong victim when they tried to mug an off-dutiy police officer. The officer ended up shooting the thieves.
Bronx District Attorney Darcel D. Clark announced that two Bronx men have been indicted for robbing and assaulting an off-duty Hempstead, L.I. police officer who was driving in the Bronx.
Clark said, “The defendants, along with others, allegedly assaulted the off-duty police officer as they stole several gold chains he was wearing.
“The victim fired his gun and wounded two defendants, as well as himself, during the fight, and suffered a serious wound to his leg,” Clark said.
The defendants, Saikou Sumareh, 20, and Musa Krubally, 24, were arraigned on two counts of first-degree Robbery, three counts of second-degree Robbery, third degree Robbery, and first-degree and second-degree Assault before Bronx Supreme Court Justice Efrain Alvarado.
Sumareh’s bail was set at $50,000 cash/$50,000 bond, while Krubally’s bail was continued at $75,000 cash/$150,000 bond. The defendants are due back in court on December 17, 2018.
According to the investigation, on July 21, 2018 at the corner of Sedgwick Avenue and Hall of Fame Terrace, the victim, Joseph Page, was driving his SUV and was struck from behind by a dark-colored Toyota sedan. The victim and the driver of the Toyota exited their vehicles, and a red Nissan sedan pulled up and the two defendants emerged from the vehicle. Another individual exited the Toyota and the four men allegedly assaulted the victim and stole his gold chains.
According to the investigation, the victim said he saw the butt of a firearm and subsequently pulled out his own gun and fired at the individuals.
Sumareh was shot in the arm and abdomen and Krubally was shot in the abdomen. The victim suffered from a self-inflicted gunshot. The investigation is continuing.
An indictment is an accusatory instrument and not proof of a defendant’s guilt.