Jose Gonzales has been identified as the deranged man who deliberately killed a beloved community member and EMT worker, Yadira Arroyo.
Gonzales who is a gang member and has a long arrest record and a history of mental illness, ended with the life of Arroyo –a mother of five, yesterday in the Bronx.
Jose Gonzales is said to have stolen her ambulance and ran her down with the vehicle. First reports say Jose was riding in the bumper of the ambulance, once Yadira Arroyo and her partner realized they got out; somehow Gonzales got into the driver’s seat and started to drive away. He then put the ambulance in reverse, knocking Arroyo to the ground, then driving over her as her partner watched in horror.
Many stopped to film the horrible scene and videos of Arroyo’s body lying on the street have been shared through social media.
44-year-old Yadira, a FDNY emergency medical technician for 14-years is survived by her mother, a brother and five children, the youngest aged 7. According to close relatives she was known as a loving mother, trusted friend and respected colleague.
Yadira who loved her work so much that she didn’t mind the long hours, had inspired her brother to become an EMT.
Cops arrested Jose Gonzales yesterday shortly after he killed Arroyo. This is not the first time the 25-year-old gets in trouble with the law.
Gonzales is a resident of Fordham Heights in the Bronx. He is a Bloods gang member who goes by “Breezy Blood.” He has been arrested over 30-times in the past and has at least six other contacts with cops related to mental illness or injury, the NY Daily News reported.
Jose Gonzales was first arrested in May 2014, charges including fare evasion. Most recently he was busted this February for criminal mischief. Other charges over the years have included assault, criminal sale of marijuana, making graffiti, public lewdness and misdemeanor drug possession.
Police first had to deal with him back in 2000 when cops assisted him after he suffered a laceration to his face. Then in June 2015, cops were called because he was acting violent and erratic.