Police said Tuesday that the suspect suspected of shooting an off-duty New York Police Department officer in the head during a failed robbery was apprehended two days later at a suburban motel.
At a news conference, Chief of Detectives James Essig stated that investigators think Randy Jones, 38, shot Officer Adeed Fayaz, 26, on Saturday after luring him to a site in Brooklyn under the pretense of selling a car on Facebook Marketplace.
Fayaz, who, according to authorities, remained hospitalized on Tuesday in critical condition, agreed to meet Jones on Saturday to purchase a car for $24,000, according to Essig.
According to Essig, Jones asked “jokingly” if the men were armed when Fayaz and his brother-in-law arrived. Following that, Jones placed Fayaz in a headlock and demanded the cash.
Essig claimed that Fayaz stated that he lacked the necessary funds before Jones brandished a gun at Fayaz’s brother-in-law. Jones shot Fayaz in the head when he freed himself from the headlock, according to Essig.
Jones escaped while continuing to fire rounds, according to Essig. He claimed that the brother-in-law also fired several shots after snatching Fayaz’s revolver from his hip.
According to Essig, Jones left in a 2011 BMW registered to his mother.
Approximately 35 miles (55 km) north of New York City, in Nanuet, a Days Inn hosted Jones’ arrest on Monday.
According to Essig, he was at the motel with a mother and five kids, ranging in age from 6 months to 11 years.
Jones was facing charges as of Tuesday. There was no information on his lawyer.