He commandeered the ambulance and was driving off. Arroyo tried to retake the vehicle, but Gonzalez reversed it hitting her with the open door and then ran over her before crashing into three parked cars. Immediately, bystanders rushed to apprehend Gonzalez, including an MTA police officer. Arroyo's partner in the ambulance was distraught and even kicked and stomped the perpetrator as he lay on the street. She was taken to the hospital for shock and is in a lot of emotional distress.
Jose Gonzalez was arraigned in the Bronx Criminal Court and was met with hundreds of EMT workers who shouted at him and his lawyer. In a twist of fate, Gonzalez lived just a block away from Arroyo in a shelter. He has a long rap sheet and is said to be mentally unstable and a member of the Bloods gang. He even has two open cases for assaulting a security guard and a police officer.
Arroyo leaves behind five children ages 7 to 24 who are suffering the loss of their dear mother. All but one were able to say goodbye to her at the hospital before she expired. She was remembered in today's St. Patrick's day parade. The FDNY held a banner in her honor. Video of the attack was filmed by "SwavyJayBeats" who made his account private now (https://twitter.com/therealswavyjay). Please pray for the repose of the soul of Yadira Arroyo. She is a hero in every respect of the word. Arroyo saved lives as an EMT and prevented this deranged man from possibly hurting or killing others with the ambulance. Eternal rest grant to her Lord and let perpetual light shine upon her. May Yadira Arroyo, rest in peace!
#FDNY mourns the loss of FDNY EMT Yadira Arroyo, Station 26, who was killed in the line of duty tonight while serving our city. pic.twitter.com/b3KrzGabYE— FDNY (@FDNY) March 17, 2017
We all mourn the loss of @FDNY EMT Yadira Arroyo, who was killed in the line of duty while serving our great city #family #FDNY #NYPD pic.twitter.com/YCmGQhL4hJ— NYPD 108th Precinct (@NYPD108Pct) March 17, 2017
VIDEO: Gang member who ran down Bronx EMT rides on the bumper of her ambulance before the fatal incident https://t.co/6epV1DhuuQ pic.twitter.com/7qPdjBLIQN— New York Daily News (@NYDailyNews) March 17, 2017
— Fox News (@FoxNews) March 17, 2017
.@FDNY honored EMT #YadiraArroyo at the NYC #StPatricksDay parade. She was killed by a man who allegedly stole her ambulance & ran over her. pic.twitter.com/GAyapgGu4h
WATCH: Video Appears To Show Suspect On Back Of Ambulance Prior To Death Of FDNY EMT https://t.co/XrTNrw724N pic.twitter.com/gO9wtQVktJ— New York City Alerts (@NYCityAlerts) March 17, 2017
EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: EMT's anguish after partner Yadira Arroyo run over and killed by— New York Daily News (@NYDailyNews) March 18, 2017
stolenambulance https://t.co/AhcgujpP7v pic.twitter.com/58RrTVNpEw