Gang member refuses bail in NYC shooting with off-duty NYPD officer

An NYPD lieutenant injured off duty shouted “call my wife” after being shot outside a Queens nightclub earlier this week, sources revealed Saturday, as a Famous gangbanger accused of being responsible for the crime was ordered to be kept in prison.

Christian Cruz, 19, who is accused of participating in failed robbery that killed Lieutenant Nathan Yakubov injured, was denied bail on Saturday afternoon.

During eight-minute proceedings at Queens Criminal Court, it was revealed that Cruz had three more felony felony cases open, including a Bronx issue involving possession of a loaded shotgun .

Cruz faces a series of charges – including attempted murder – in the killing of Yakubov outside La Boom nightclub in Woodside early Thursday.

A police officer, believed to be on duty, was shot four times during an attempted robbery while he was walking to his vehicle on Northern Blvd and 57th St. Both the officer and the officer were taken to Elmhurst Hospital. The officer has been listed in stable condition. Perp was succeeded by the DOA. Police are looking for 3-4 more suspects.
Lieutenant Nathan Yakubov was injured during a failed robbery outside La Boom nightclub.
Seth Gottfried for NY Post

Cruz and two others allegedly ambushed Yakubov as he was walking to his Jaguar SUV on the morning of December 16 outside La Boom, police said.

Christian Cruz
Christian Cruz was charged with attempted murder.

Ramierik Lopez, 20, is said to have shot Yakubov, before a fierce gunfight ensued – killing Lopez and injuring Cruz – who managed to get his hands on a $1,000 gold chain from the center. The lieutenant was seriously injured, authorities said. A third suspect is still big.

Yakubov, 44, who was found bleeding from his mouth with multiple gunshot wounds on his body, told responding officers to “call my wife, they tried to rob me. I shot them,” as he lay wounded, sources said.

Cruz was arrested at 5:30 a.m. after being treated for a gunshot wound at BronxCare Hospital Center. A police source said he was carrying a $1,000 gold chain.

Sources said that Cruz was easily recognizable through surveillance video from the nightclub wearing dark blue two-tone pants and a dark hoodie while being treated for injuries to his back and buttocks.

Shooting La Boom
Cruz had three more felony cases open and was denied bail in the Yakubov shooting.
Seth Gottfried for NY Post

Yakubov was taken to Elmhurst hospital in a critical but stable condition, police said.

Lopez, 20, died in Elmhurst after being shot in the chest and abdomen as teammates fled, police said. Gang member refuses bail in NYC shooting with off-duty NYPD officer

Huynh Nguyen

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