New York Daily News

June 5, 2017, 1:46 PM

  

 

Teen who critically injured NYPD cop with stolen car is a gang member with massive rap sheet, faces attempted murder charge

BY ROCCO PARASCANDOLA, LAURA DIMON, ELLEN MOYNIHAN, STEPHEN REX BROWN

Police on the scene where Officer Dalsh Veve was critically injured in Brooklyn. (THEODORE PARISIENNE FOR NEW YORK DAILY NEWS)

The teen terror who will be charged with attempted murder for dragging an NYPD police officer over two Brooklyn blocks in a stolen car is a gang member who shouldn’t have even been out on the street, police officials and sources said Monday.

New information regarding 15-year-old Justin Murrell’s extensive rap sheet prompted Patrolmen's Benevolent Association President Pat Lynch to say he should have already been locked up when he fled Officer Dalsh Veve in East Flatbush, causing the cop to suffer a grave head injury.

"What's wrong here is that a 15-year-old with a long rap sheet was on the street at all ...There needs to be reform. We need to keep people like him behind bars,” Lynch said.

Justin Murrell was the driver of a vehicle that dragged NYPD Police Officer Dalsh Veve on Saturday. (FACEBOOK)

“When you're 15 and 16 years old you know right from wrong. He chose wrong and because he did a New York City police officer is now fighting for his life.”

Murrell will be charged with felony assault and attempted murder, Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce said. Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez will determine whether Murrell is charged as an adult or minor.

Police sources say Murrell hit the gas of a stolen Honda Civic Saturday evening while being questioned by Veve in East Flatbush.

Veve, a married father of a 2-year-old girl, was dragged two and a half blocks, firing his gun twice before hitting his head on the street, sources said.

Boyce said it was unclear how Veve, 35, had been dragged alongside the Civic.

“We believe he was holding on to the door at some point. He was dragged quite a distance,” Boyce said.

Veve underwent surgery Sunday at Kings County Hospital to reduce swelling around his brain, according to a source, and remained in critical condition.

"He was grievously injured and he's been fighting for his life and it's a tough situation,” Mayor de Blasio said, adding that he was “holding out hope.”

The teen and three other occupants of the car abandoned the ride after Veve hit the pavement.

Two women in the car, Jeronda Oliver, 18, and Eboni Clinton, 19, were awaiting arraignment Monday afternoon on charges of hindering prosecution. A third passenger is cooperating with investigators, Boyce said. A source said that passenger is an 18-year-old man.

Officer Veve and his wife, EstherMurrell walked into Brookdale University Hospital shortly after the crash with a gunshot wound to his face, sources said.

The teen's full rap sheet remained unclear because of confidentiality laws protecting minors.

But sources said the teen had 11 prior arrests, including a grand larceny bust on May 16. He was arrested three times for robbery in 2015 and once for burglary last year. He was also busted for car theft in April.

Sources said the teen was a member of the 8 Trey Gang. He was also wanted by police since April 6 of last year for jumping bail, sources said.

"We have to do something. We cannot pander to politics and say 'Well someone is under a certain age, he or she is not a threat,’" Lynch said. "This is an example of someone who should not have been out of jail."

The driver’s mother could not be reached. She previously declined to comment.

Police at Kings County Hospital said Veve’s wife, Esther, had asked for privacy by his bedside.

Patrolmen's Benevolent Association President Pat Lynch said the teen should not have been on the streets. (JAMES KEIVOM/NEW YORK DAILY NEWS)

Relatives told the Daily News Veve came to Brooklyn from Haiti when he was around 12 years old with his mother. He had wanted to be a cop since he was a kid.

De Blasio praised him as an example of the “American dream.”

"He's a strong young man, but he's a long way from being better," Lynch said.

WITH JILLIAN JORGENSEN