Moment NYPD officers fired on gang member driving BMW who mounts curb

Dramatic moment NYPD officers opened fire on ‘Own Every Dollar’ gang members driving BMW as they mounted curb and tried to flee during hunt for robbers who stole $4M from wealthy NYC restaurant diners eating outside

  • CCTV videos show the moment an NYPD officer fired at members of the Own Every Dollar gang as they drove on the sidewalk in an attempt to get away
  • The dramatic footage showed a black BMW mount the curb before barreling down the sidewalk outside Pergola restaurant on October 11
  • The vehicle narrowly missed pedestrians before being shot at three times
  • The shots stopped the vehicle forcing the three men to run away on foot
  • Wilson Mendez, 19, was taken into custody while the two other men got away
  • Police say he is a member of the Own Every Dollar gang who are suspected of 12 jewelry heists in New York City in the last four months
  • Dramatic video shows the moment an NYPD officer opened fire on ‘Own Every Dollar’ gang members as they drove a black BMW onto the curb nearly hitting a group of pedestrians.   

    The group were reported to police after a security guard at Pergola restaurant spotted them checking out the eatery in NoMad, Manhattan, around 12:50 a.m. on October 11 before fleeing the scene in a black BMW 330i. 

    They are thought to be responsible for least 12 jewelry robberies across New York in the last four months. 

    The shocking video showed the black BMW hitting two cars before jumping the curb and narrowly missing Manhattan diners chatting on the sidewalk. As the car barreled down the sidewalk, an officer fired at the suspected gang members as the vehicles sped in his direction. 

    Officers Brittany Vera, Kenneth Taylor, and Brandon Lopez were on the scene in October when they called Officer Corey Titus, of the Manhattan South Burglary Larceny Assault and Robbery Enforcement (BLARE) Team for back up.  

    CCTV footage showed the officers strategically position their cars to block the suspicious vehicle that was parallel parked from driving down the street. 

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    Shocking video showed a black BMW driven by gang members suspected of planning a robbery at a high end restaurant mount the curb as it was blocked in by police vehicles

    Shocking video showed a black BMW driven by gang members suspected of planning a robbery at a high end restaurant mount the curb as it was blocked in by police vehicles 

    The driver then continued driving on the sidewalk in a brazen attempt to evade police

    The driver then continued driving on the sidewalk in a brazen attempt to evade police








    The driver turned the blinker on in an attempt to pull out of the spot as the officers flipped their lights on. 

    The officers then approached the car as Officer Taylor walked up to the driver side window. 

    The BMW was quickly placed in reverse and hit the vehicles parked behind and in front of it before mounting the curb. The officers stepped away from the moving car’s path before attempting to chase the getaway car on foot.

    In a desperate attempt to get away, the driver continued driving down the sidewalk. 

    Another CCTV camera further down the block captured the rest of the commotion. Pedestrians were standing on the sidewalk and the side of the street casually conversing. 

    CCTV video from outside Pergola restaurant showed a different angle of the dramatic moment

    CCTV video from outside Pergola restaurant showed a different angle of the dramatic moment 

    Pedestrians were narrowly missed by the black BMW as the car barreled down the sidewalk

    Pedestrians were narrowly missed by the black BMW as the car barreled down the sidewalk

    Officer Corey Titus fired three shots at the windshield of the oncoming vehicle

    Officer Corey Titus fired three shots at the windshield of the oncoming vehicle 

    In the corner of the video, the initial meeting between the gang members and police can slightly be seen. As the police lights turned on and the officers began chasing the vehicle, the pedestrians standing outside Pergola turned their attention to the drama. 

    The two men on the side of the street approached the scene before appearing to notice the oncoming vehicle and ran across the sidewalk to remove themselves from the middle of the police interaction. 

    Three other men ran instead of jumping up against the wall as two women were nearly hit by the car before being pulled inside the restaurant. 

    At the same moment the women were rescued, Officer Titus fired three shots through the windshield at the oncoming vehicle. The shots managed to stop the car causing the driver and two passengers to run away on foot. 

    The gang members initially got away before one member, Wilson Mendez, was taken into custody near Madison Square Park after a chase through the streets of the city.

    He was pictured with blood streaming down his face. The two other men got away. 

    The shots fired by the officer stopped the vehicle forcing the three gang members to continue their escape on foot

    The shots fired by the officer stopped the vehicle forcing the three gang members to continue their escape on foot

    The black BMW 330i was recovered at the scene in the the NoMad neighborhood of Manhattan

    The black BMW 330i was recovered at the scene in the the NoMad neighborhood of Manhattan

    This defaced Ruger EC9s 9mm gun found on the passenger side floorboard was recovered

    This defaced Ruger EC9s 9mm gun found on the passenger side floorboard was recovered 

    The police were alerted to the gang members by a security guard at Pergola that night

    The police were alerted to the gang members by a security guard at Pergola that night

    The vehicle was abandoned at the corner of West 28th Street and Fifth Avenue where it was recovered by police. Police also recovered a defaced Ruger EC9s 9mm gun they found on the passenger side floorboard. 

    Mendez, 19, was caught and taken to the hospital to receive treatment for cuts on his face.

    He has been charged with two counts of criminal possession of a weapon for a loaded firearm.

    The Own Every Dollar gang has been described as ‘vicious’ by police officers.

    The ring, who are linked to the notorious Trinitarios gang in the Bronx, netted in more than $4million in jewelry and watches in just one theft, as well 11 other heists, and are suspected to be involved in at least one homicide, according to police sources.

    The group pulled off the brazen thefts in BMWs and Mercedes-Benz vehicles across Manhattan, Queens and the Bronx. 

    Last Thursday, the OED robbery ring swiped $150,000 worth of jewelry off a wealthy businessman outside Asian fusion bistro Buddha-Bar Restaurant.

    And on September 20, two men were shot outside Opus Lounge in Inwood while the ring of brazen thieves robbed one of the victims of his jewelry.

    Jeffrey Sanchez, 35, was fatally shot while being robbed of his jewelry. Another man suffered a gunshot wound to his arm during the incident.

    Elsewhere, the same gang were responsible for stealing a Rolex watch from a diner eating outside upscale Chinese restaurant Philippe Chow on the Upper East Side after 10pm on September 15. 

    Wilson Mendez, 19, was taken into custody near Madison Square Park on October 11

    Wilson Mendez, 19, was taken into custody near Madison Square Park on October 11

    Mendez is a member of the violent gang dubbed Own Every Dollar, according to police

    Mendez is a member of the violent gang dubbed Own Every Dollar, according to police 

    The 19-year-old attempted to escape on foot after the vehicle he was in was shot at by police

    The 19-year-old attempted to escape on foot after the vehicle he was in was shot at by police 

    Just days earlier on September 9, the same robbery ring robbed an off-duty police officer of a Tag Heuer watch outside Silver Tower Condominium.

    This month’s incident was not the first time the crooks targeted Pergola bistro, as they stole $100,000 worth of jewelry from a customer at the same venue on August 19.  

    The weekend before, a 47-year-old man and his 27-year-old companion were accosted by robbers outside the trendy TAO Downtown on 9th Avenue. 

    The spate of brazen jewelry heists, which are understood to have all been carried out by OED robbers, have been plaguing New York since June.

    On June 29, three men were recorded beating and robbing a man a 50-year-old man around 4:30pm at Master Deli and Grocery in the Bronx. The attackers got away with $750 in cash, a Rolex watch, two iPhones, and a necklace. 

    Several days earlier on June 21, Milton Grant, a 34-year-old father of twins, was fatally shot in the head while driving when he and his friend 33-year-old Randal Chacon were approached by three men in Inwood around 5am.

    Grant was robbed of his gold diamond encrusted chain, rings, and Rolex after leaving Opus Lounge night club in Inwood. Chacon was shot in the groin as the robbers took the chain from his neck, according to police.

    Around 1:30am on June 11, a 23-year-old man was approached by four people in Inwood who began attempting to strip him of his jewelry.

    When the young man resisted, the assailants fired several shots hitting the victim in the chest, butt, and leg before driving off with his watch, police reported at the time.

    The vicious gang are allegedly responsible for least 12 jewelry robberies across New York in the last four months (detailed above)

    The vicious gang are allegedly responsible for least 12 jewelry robberies across New York in the last four months (detailed above)

    Professional basketball player Taj Gibson  was at the restaurant the night of October 11, but not involved in the shooting

    Professional basketball player Taj Gibson  was at the restaurant the night of October 11, but not involved in the shooting 

    The Own Every Dollar gang has been targeting high end nightclub and restaurant-goers

    The Own Every Dollar gang has been targeting high end nightclub and restaurant-goers 

    A member of the NYPD Intelligence Office was seen on the phone near the restaurant

    A member of the NYPD Intelligence Office was seen on the phone near the restaurant 

    New York City’s top cop blames bail reform laws enacted by the Democratic-dominated state Legislature for the spike in violent crime, including the gun battle at Pergola between NYPD officers and a gang of suspected jewelry thieves. 

    NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea blamed the ‘drastic reduction in incarceration levels’ for several high-profile incidents of gun violence throughout the five boroughs.

    Shea was reacting to the incident outside Pergola leading to Wilson’s arrest. 

    Shea told WNYW-TV that the NYPD is part of a ‘task force’ that involves ‘multiple federal agencies’ as well as ‘all five district attorneys’ in an effort to arrest and prosecute the gang members.

    ‘There have been some arrests but the problem is still ongoing. This boils down to two things, really – nightclubs and guns,’ the commissioner said. ‘Targeting high-end jewelry is what is occurring. 

    ‘There’s been a couple of arrests. You can absolutely expect more arrests as we get closer to hopefully bringing this to a conclusion.’  

    When asked the next day whether New York City is experiencing an increase in gang activity, Shea said: ‘The gangs have always been an issue here. We’ve talked about it for a number of years.

    ‘You have to look at the incarceration levels. It’s a hard topic to talk about but there’s been such a drastic reduction.

    ‘I think that’s part of what you’re seeing play out.

    ‘At the state level, we are down significantly. Many people get out of prison and turn their life around, but, unfortunately, we all realize that many do not.

    ‘You’re seeing those unintended consequences on the street at times.’

    In early 2020, criminal justice reform measures passed by the New York State legislature and signed into law by then-Governor Andrew Cuomo took effect.

    The new law has received increasing scrutiny over its rules that allow New York courts to release people who would have remained in jail under the old rules. 

    The statute, which went into place at the beginning of the year, eliminated cash bail and pretrial detention for a wide majority of low-level cases and nonviolent felonies.

    The law also allows courts to release a person under certain conditions, such as a travel or firearm restriction.

    Shea and others have claimed that the new law is to blame for the increase in violent crime.

    But defenders of the law say that violent crime has increased in most of the country – including in jurisdictions that did not enact any criminal justice reform measures.