NJ man Zachary Bell snapped after allegedly kidnapping DEA agent

The world’s most clueless carjacker faces federal charges after attempting to rob a DEA agent’s Jeep, police said.

The federal drug agent had finished a shift in Manhattan and was pulled over at a red light on 14th Street and Ninth Avenue just after midnight December 9 when Zachary Bell approached his government-issued vehicle, authorities said.

“Get that fk out of the car,” Bell, 32, yelled at the agent, according to a criminal complaint filed in Manhattan federal court.

Bell, of Maplewood, NJ, then grabbed his waistband as if he had a gun, prosecutors allege.

That’s when the agent, a seven-year veteran of the New York Drug Enforcement Task Force, stepped into action.

Zachary Bell
Zachary Bell is accused of trying to ambush a US narcotics officer in Manhattan.
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He turned on the car’s police lights, drew his own gun, punched Bell in the face, throwing him to the ground and handcuffed him, according to court records. He then called the police.

The agent, who sometimes works undercover, has not been publicly identified. DEA policy considers agents to be on duty even if they travel to and from work.

Intervening police officers found a gravity knife on Bell, who was charged with attempted theft auto and assaulting a federal officer, authorities said.

Back side of the DEA agent
The agent, who sometimes works undercover, has not been publicly identified.
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Bell, who works at Hudson Yards and has never been convicted of a crime, was taken to the hospital after the incident. He has “severe” facial injuries that require surgery, his attorney Ariel Werner said during a bail hearing last week.

Werner told the judge that the prosecutor described to her surveillance video of the incident, which showed Bell approaching the Jeep’s driver’s door and waving his arms before walking behind the car.

“I think we will find that this was a misunderstanding with very serious consequences,” she said.

“Based on what I’ve learned so far, I don’t think the complaint is an accurate statement of what happened,” said Werner, who didn’t elaborate.

Bell was released Tuesday on $30,000 bail and must give up alcohol as a condition of his release, court documents show. He will also undergo a drug test and will not be allowed to travel outside of New York or New Jersey as additional conditions of his release.

https://nypost.com/2022/12/17/nj-man-zachary-bell-nabbed-after-allegedly-carjacking-dea-agent/ NJ man Zachary Bell snapped after allegedly kidnapping DEA agent

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