A trio of robbers posing as police attempted to rob $160,000 and three kilograms of cocaine from a suspected Bronx drug dealer on Tuesday, but were caught by police, authorities said.
Rashiem Council, Paris Fulton and Terrence McKee, were wearing fake law enforcement uniforms when they raided the alleged drug dealer’s apartment on East 178th Street near Clinton Avenue in Crotona around 5:45 a.m., police and federal authorities said.
The trio handcuffed Michael Garcia and seized the loot and supply of cocaine, according to a criminal charge opened in Manhattan federal court.
They then led Garcia down the hall to the elevator and drove to the lobby, authorities said.
When the doors opened, a number of NYPD officers responding to a 911 call about the robbery saw the group and asked them which law enforcement agency they were from.
Council, Fulton and McKee replied that they would meet their sergeant outside but then went on the run, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York said in a press release.
Garcia, the accused drug dealer, also ran off. All four suspects were arrested shortly afterwards.
“Such brutal and dangerous behavior will not be tolerated,” US Attorney Damian Williams said in a statement after the arrest. “Thanks to the work of the NYPD and federal law enforcement, these suspects face significant federal charges for their alleged crimes.”
NYPD Commissioner Keechant Sewell added, “Today’s indictment highlights once again the NYPD’s swift work to neutralize the most violent elements of an alleged drug enterprise.”