NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Lionel virgil, the Connecticut the man was charged threw bleach in the face of an NYPD officer and a Molotov cocktail at the other officers, is facing federal charges of “possessing destructive equipment”, CBS2 reported on Sunday.
Virgile, 44, was taken out of Area 67 in handcuffs on Saturday night. CBS2’s Kiran Dhillon reports that he will go to federal court on Monday.
Police body camera footage from many hours earlier shows how Conventional traffic congestion has escalated.
An officer pulled Virgile over for allegedly passing a red light that morning. The officer quickly got the suspect, blindfolded, out of the car and hit him in the face with bleach. When the policeman screamed in pain, the suspect left.
Here’s another reminder of how quickly a situation can change and the dangers your police face every day as they protect the NYers.
Even after being arrested, an investigation into this attack remained active.
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– Commissioner Shea (@NYPDShea) April 17, 2021
Minutes later, when other officers intercepted the suspect near the corner of 54th Street and Snyder Avenue Brooklynpolice said he threw “a bright Molotov cocktail” at them.
The bottle is popped out one by one NYPD car and fall to the ground.
The suspect accelerated, crashed and was arrested. The police discovered three more Molotov cocktails in his car.
Virgile could face additional federal charges for assaulting a police officer and throwing caustic fluids, but those have yet to be filed.
Christina Fan of CBS2 and Kiran Dhillon contributed to this report.