The two teenagers accused of shooting an off-duty NYPD officer in a botched carjacking in Queens were held without bail on Thursday – hours before the cop was released from the hospital.
Chad Collie, 19, and Jayare Robinson, 18, have been arraigned on a series of charges including attempted murder and attempted robbery related to the Tuesday night shooting that injured NYPD rookie Manuel Soto.
The couple allegedly descended on Soto around 10:20 p.m. while the cop was sitting at a red light in his 2003 Lexus RX300 at Beach 62nd Street and Beach Channel Drive in Arverne, according to the criminal complaint.
Collie is accused of firing three shots at Soto, who was on his way to work at the time, as the off-duty cop fled the attempted carjacking.
Soto fought back, prosecutors said, but did not touch either teen and the pair fled.
According to court documents, two uniformed officers conducting a nearby traffic stop heard the gunshots and responded.
Collie is accused of firing a shot at these officers before throwing his weapon.
Soto, who was shot in the shoulder and fractured his left collarbone, is expected to be released from a Jamaican hospital on Thursday afternoon after undergoing surgery. He joined the department in July 2021.
Collie, of Far Rockaway, faces 13 charges, including attempted murder, assault and attempted robbery.
Robinson, from Arverne, was hit with 11 charges, including attempted murder, attempted robbery and possession of weapons.
The teens each face up to 25 years in prison if convicted.
Collie and Robinson are due in court again on February 7.
“This was a brazen carjacking attempt that too easily could have ended in another tragedy for the NYPD and all New Yorkers,” Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz said in a statement. communicated. “This blatant disregard for human life must be answered with some justice.”
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