Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Dad takes 4-month-old son, pregnant mom hostage at gun point; four police officers injured (New York, New York)

When the Fathers Rights folks trot out their homecooked crime statistics on dads and child abuse, they tend to leave out incidents like this one.

But when you get right down to it, this is basically abuser Daddy Drama on Steroids. Four police officers were injured by dad NAKWON FOXWORTH. But it all started with Daddy getting all pissy and ramming the baby stroller--with the baby in it--into a barrel because it was blocking his way. Then Daddy takes the baby and his mother hostage in his apartment, putting their lives at risk. A$$hole....


Thug arrested after taking his own pregnant girlfriend and baby son hostage in shoot-out which sent four policemen to hospital

Shooter Nakwon Foxworth struck in the stomach as officers returned fire Involved in siege with police and held his pregnant girlfriend and four-month-old son hostage after row over corridor access

All NYPD officers expected to make a full recovery

By Daily Mail Reporter

PUBLISHED: 09:51 EST, 8 April 2012 | UPDATED: 04:59 EST, 9 April 2012

A man has been arrested after a shoot-out with police following a siege in which he took his pregnant girlfriend hostage, as well as their four-month-old son.

Four NYPD officers were wounded by Nakwon Foxworth after they intervened in an argument he was having over access to the corridors of his apartment building early on Sunday morning.

Two officers were hit in the leg and the others were grazed by the suspect's bullets after he barricaded himself in the building.

They were taken to hospital after the attack in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn and all were expected to recover from their injuries.

According to witnesses at the scene, Foxworth, 33, was arriving back to his apartment about 10.30pm on Saturday night with his pregnant girlfriend, identified as Jessica Hickling, and their four-month-old son when the trouble started.

Angry with movers whose barrel was blocking the service entrance, Foxworth allegedly started to argue with the movers before turning physical with them, according to the movers.

'He took the stroller, with the baby in it, and started ramming it into the barrel,' mover Kairon Decaul, 43, told the Daily News.

'He became very angry. The woman started screaming, "The baby! The baby!",' Mr Decaul recalled.

Foxworth then pulled out a gun, according to the man, chasing one of the two out to his truck. 'He came back inside and threw the gun in the baby's stroller. He put his finger in my face and threatened me. The girl was screaming, "Calm down! calm down!" Mr Decaul said.

Fleeing to their sixth floor apartment, Foxworth barricaded himself, his girlfriend and their child inside while the outside mover called police.

Ms Hickling surprised NYPD officers outside the apartment's door when she dashed out two hours later carrying her son in her arms.

'When she just left and left the door open, he started shooting,' Commissioner Ray Kelly said.

According to Mr Kelly, the close quarters had 'the assailant and the officers no more than 10 feet apart.' The injured officers were named as Captain Al Pizzano, Detective Kenneth Ayala, Detective Mike Keenan and Police Officer Matthew Granahan.

After shooting 12 times, Foxworth was struck in the stomach. He was taken to King's County Hospital and was in a stable but critical condition.

A search of the apartment found that Foxworth, who has served time for attempted murder, robbery and selling drugs, had several illegal guns and ammunition at the apartment.

New York Mayor Bloomberg and Commissioner Kelly visited the injured men in hospital this morning.

Mr Bloomberg said: 'We just visited members of the Department who were injured in a shooting this morning that we wanted to brief you on: Captain Al Pizzano, Detective Kenneth Ayala, Detective Mike Keenan and Police Officer Matthew Granahan.

'Fortunately, all are in stable condition and are expected to fully recover.

'We have now had eight - that's correct, eight - members of the department shot in the last four months. And this is the second time in the last 24 hours police have been fired upon by armed assailants.

'All the shootings have a disgraceful fact in common: all were committed with illegal guns that came from out of state. And that is the case with nearly every shooting in our city.

'We got very lucky tonight, with no life-threatening injuries to officers or innocent bystanders. But sometimes, as you remember, we aren't so lucky, as we saw with the murder of Police Officer Peter Figoski in December.'

Detective Keenan, 52, is a 28-year veteran of the NYPD and Detective Ayala, 49, has served for 18 years. Mr Granahan, 35, has worked for the NYPD for 11 years and Mr Pizzano, 45, is a 25-year veteran.