EMT Beaten, Stomped By Handcuffed Suspect In Back Of Ambulance

An FDNY EMT was badly injured after he was attacked by Thomas Wright in the back of an ambulance on Friday night.

Bronx, NY – A 20-year-old emergency medical technician (EMT) was beaten and stomped on Friday night by a handcuffed prisoner who escaped his restraints in the back of an ambulance.

The incident occurred at about 10:40 p.m. on Oct. 18 as 32-year-old Thomas Wright was being transported Lincoln Medical Center, the New York Daily News reported.

Authorities said the inebriated suspect broke the seatbelt restraint on the gurney, bit the EMT on the shoulder, and knocked the first responder to the ground.

Sources told the New York Daily News that the handcuffed suspect stomped repeatedly on the EMT as he lay on the floor of the ambulance.

There was also a police officer in the back of the ambulance and he was able to take control of the situation and subdue the suspect before they got to the hospital.

The EMT, who recently graduated from the academy, sustained serious injuries and was admitted to the hospital, the New York Daily News reported.

“He’s in pretty bad shape,” a source told the publication.

Wright was charged with assault, attempted assault, and harassment, the New York Daily News reported.

Bronx Assistant District Attorney Ryan Foley said at Wright’s arraignment that the EMT victim had suffered nerve damage and a loss of sensation in one of his arms.

Foley also said the EMT will miss several months of work as a result of the attack, the New York Daily News reported.

If convicted, Wright is facing up to seven years in prison because of law passed in 2018 that increases penalties for assaults on first responders.

“My client was not well. He was upset. He did not have criminal intent,” Legal Aid Society attorney Laurence Gurwitch told the court.

Wright is being held on $20,000 bond or $15,000 cash, the New York Daily News reported.

Comments (46)
JBo
JBo

"He did not have criminal intent."

Riiiiiight. It was an accident.

fakenews777
fakenews777

why wasn't he shot? We don't need all these losers in our world, start shooting more and asking questions afterwards.

ScaleriBrosLawyer
ScaleriBrosLawyer

'He did not have criminal intent' I totally sympathize. I too have repeatedly stomped on somebody in error.

MSK
MSK

I hope that when the scumbag public defender gets the shit beat out of him that he feels the same way about his attacker.

MFLindsey
MFLindsey

I'm sure glad I've been retired 20 years because today I'd go to prison. In my day if you stomped a first responder your best hope was that you lived long enough for them to save you in surgery. And if some scum bag troll like Low-est had something to say about it they had to do it face to face which of course they NEVER did. . .

GForce48
GForce48

The Dems will be giving this clown an award before he goes on trial!

DarrellWhitledge
DarrellWhitledge

Screw that guy give him the maximum penalty and make him pay for the guys hospital bill and time off

bryantrent
bryantrent

Charge him period try 40 years in prison

TrueAmerican
TrueAmerican

WTF was that LEO doing while this poor guy was getting his head bashed in?!!!! 😡😈🤬

Excalibr4
Excalibr4

I'm not sure this story deserves the political controversy it's creating. What bugs me is how the suspect was able to release himself and stomp the kid into critical injuries, before the cop inside the same tiny room was able to prevent it. The cop's only job there, was to make sure the criminal didn't do what he did. However, this case is strikingly similar to another I saw here a few months ago, where the EMT was trying to work with a suspect, with the cop standing right there. The suspect said "Don't touch me" backed up and started firing a gun into the EMT. The animals need to be fully restrained before the EMTs do their job.

Clay W
Clay W

I'm going to use that defense next time I beat the shit out of somebody. "No no officer...I was just upset. And I had no criminal intent" nothing to see here.

Aramovich
Aramovich

Yep. Disarm the cops, close Rikers and let 99% of the accused go with no bond. NYC is going to be an interesting experiment in social engineering. I'll just stay away while the experiment is ongoing.

61mouse
61mouse

WTF what was that cop doing for the EMT to be beating so bad ? Can't wait to see the video from the ambulance ( not the police body cam )

Caprice56
Caprice56

Why did it take the police officer in the back with the suspect, so long to act that this EMT sustains significant injuries? I don’t care what his state of mind is, shoot the SOB! Prayers for the EMT. Thanks DeBlascio you are doing one hell of a job destroying your city!

Old Sniper
Old Sniper

I am an EMT. I am also a SpecOps combat veteran. Try that shit in MY ambulance... As for the cop that was also aboard, what took him so long to (re)gain control of the situation???

FrogHill
FrogHill

Doesn't the meat wagon have hypo needles and other "Sharps" on board? If this asshole that broke loose and stomped an EMT did that in my area then at the least he would have been blinded for life unless Mayor Bill DiGaggero donated his eyes to this idiot. Mayor Gagger would have wasted his eye donation as wrecked and mangled retinas hinder sight

Shirleybaird571
Shirleybaird571

I don't understand, how a police officer, did not do something sooner.

61mouse
61mouse

I'd love to hear from the cop that DIDN'T do much