Man accused of shooting off-duty NYPD cop is arrested in upstate hotel with VICTIM’S own handcuffs
Man accused of shooting off-duty NYPD cop is arrested with VICTIM’S own handcuffs: Officer, 26, was wounded when Facebook Marketplace sale turned into shootout
- Randy Jones, 38, was arrested after a weekend-long manhunt across NYC
- Jones lured his victim to a driveway under the false pretense of selling a car
- His victim, a 26-year-old father of two, is in the hospital in critical condition
A New York City man accused of shooting an off-duty NYPD officer in the head was arrested after being found hiding out in a hotel just north of the city.
Photos showed the 38-year-old suspect, Randy Jones, being cuffed and taken away outside the hotel where he was found holed up with his girlfriend and her kids. The hotel was located in Rockland County, just northwest of Manhattan on the New Jersey border.
He is accused of shooting an unnamed 26-year-old officer in the head during a botched robbery last Saturday in East New York. The officer, a father of two, remains on life support.
The handcuffs used to arrest Jones reportedly belonged to the officer he allegedly shot.
Jones was brought into the 75th Precinct around 7pm Monday night. He has not been charged yet, but retained a lawyer, according to The New York Post.
Randy Jones, 38, was arrested while at a hotel in Rockland County, northwest of Manhattan
The handcuffs belonging to the 26-year-old NYPD victim were used to arrest Jones
The suspect allegedly lured the victim into an ambush by pretending to sell a car through Facebook market place.
The victim and his brother-in-law arrived with $24,000 in cash to buy the car – a Honda Pilot – when the suspect allegedly drew a gun on them.
He then allegedly opened fire and struck the officer in the head.
The victim’s brother grabbed the officer’s gun and fired back, but the thief managed to escape in a black BMW.
After a city-wide manhunt, the car was located abandoned in Harlem, near where the suspect lived with his girlfriend, according to The Post.
Sources also said the BMW belonged to the suspect’s mother, who lived near where the shooting took place in East New York.
It is believed he could behind a similar robbery which took place near the shooting scene on January 13.
Jones shackled with the handcuffs belonging to the NYPD officer he allegedly shot in the head
Officers on the scene of the shooting in East New York on Saturday which left an NYPD officer in critical condition
FBI officers on the scene of the shooting in East New York on Saturday night
Emergency crews at the scene of the shooting. The NYPD victim remains in critical condition
Jones has a rap sheet with at least 22 arrests on it for a variety of crimes, including some violent attacks.
He has previously been booked for harassment, grand larceny, and strangulation, according to The Post.
He was wanted for a traffic and vehicle related warrant from 2019 at the time of his arrest on Monday.
Jones has reportedly declined to answer questions from investigators.
‘Our prayers, of course, are to the officer and his family as he continues to fight for his life,’ said Mayor Eric Adams’ faith advisor, Gilford Monrose, at a vigil Sunday.
The NYPD was offering a $10,000 for the suspect’s arrest as of Monday.
‘We will catch the person responsible for this act,’ Adams said after the shooting. ‘An officer conducting a simple errand and a dangerous person pulled out a firearm.