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The NYPD’s new anti-gun squad grabs a member of the Bloods on their first patrol

A 20-year-old Bloods member — described by Mayor Eric Adams as a “poster child of the failing system” — has been arrested by one of the NYPD’s new neighborhood safety teams just two hours after their first night patrol the Bronx, officials said.

David Echevarria – who has already been arrested on attempted murder and three gun charges this year alone – was arrested at 6:37 p.m. Monday at the corner of Pugsley Avenue and Haviland Avenue in Soundview, police said.

“This is the poster child of the failing system of a small number of people who have decided: we’re going to be dangerous in this town and we might care less what you do,” Hizzoner told reporters during a press conference on Wednesday about the new NYPD unit. “And we arrest them, they go out, they arrest them and we put them right back on the street — over and over again.”

Members of neighborhood security teams — who began rolling out Monday as a key element of Adams’ plan to get guns off the streets — stopped Echevarria just about two hours into their tour, NYPD department head Kenneth Corey told reporters.

The New York City Police Department's new anti-gun unit arrested a suspected gang member on the first day of its patrol.
The New York City Police Department’s new anti-gun squad arrested a suspected gang member on the first day of its patrol in the Bronx.
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“This stop was based on various factors that led to it [officers] reasonable suspicion to stop and investigate,” Corey said. “The person ended up carrying a 9mm pistol — a ghost pistol — and that ghost pistol was equipped with a laser sight and loaded eight rounds of ammunition.”

Echevarria was slammed for criminal gun possession on school grounds, police said.

Blueprint Middle School (MS 562) is located at this intersection, although it was unclear where Echevarria was allegedly located on the school grounds.

He faces four other gun possession charges, including two counts of third-degree criminal possession of a weapon — one because the weapon was defaced and one because it was his second such offense, officers said.

He was being held on $100,000 bail, city Justice Department records show.

The arrest marks his third gun-related bust in the past year.

He was arrested on March 15, 2021, and charged with attempted murder in connection with the shooting of a 21-year-old man on Hutchinson River Parkway East on November 15, 2020, police said.

The New York City Police Department's new anti-gun unit arrested a suspected gang member on the first day of its patrol.
David Echevarria was caught with a loaded 9mm pistol on March 14, 2022.
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The man was discovered with multiple gunshot wounds to the hand, calf, torso and groin, police said.

Last Halloween, Echevarria was arrested again, this time for leaving the scene of another shooting, and was found in possession of a Smith & Wesson firearm, police officers said.

Echevarria was also arrested in May 2019 for allegedly stabbing a victim during a robbery and in February 2018 for a car theft at gunpoint, Corey said.

“That’s what we talk about when we talk about perpetrators of violence in our community,” Corey said. “[There is a] a very small number of people who are responsible for the overwhelming majority of the violence and that is the mission. These are the individuals that these brave men and women willingly care for on a daily basis.”

Adams called Echevarria’s violent crime story “terrible.”

“We are fighting against this,” added the mayor. “These officials are fighting against this. How could you not be jaded when you walk out and pick up the gun off the street and then when you walk down the block you see that person back on the street the next day?

“That’s what this fight is about. We will continue to take guns off the streets, but we need help.”

The NYPD’s new anti-gun teams, which replaced the controversial plainclothes anti-crime teams that were disbanded two years ago, struck the streets in its early stages Monday after a slight delay.

The Bronx County Attorney’s Office initially had no information about Echevarria’s recent arrest.

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