Sundance Oliver plotted to shoot precinct: prosecutors

The career criminal, who was charged in a multi-day crime spree that left two people dead in Brooklyn, planned to shoot a police precinct – before his pregnant girlfriend convinced him to turn himself in, prosecutors revealed on Thursday.

The disturbing revelations came at Sundance Oliver’s arraignment in Brooklyn Criminal Court, where the 28-year-old was being held without bail on a range of charges including murder, attempted murder, attempted gang assault and attempted robbery.

Oliver, who is accused of killing two people and injuring an elderly, wheelchair-bound man in a Monday shooting, made the “spontaneous” confession to an officer the day after the killings, Manhattan Attorney Ari Rottenberg said , at the indictment.

Prosecutors allege Oliver admitted he intended to “get down to the precinct and start shooting” but changed his mind after his girlfriend “cried and begged me not to just turn myself in because she is pregnant”.

“You have to call my girl to thank her,” Oliver reportedly told the police officer at Kings County Hospital Center, where he was taken for a psychiatric evaluation after his surrender on Tuesday.

Sundance Oliver charged in court.
Sundance Oliver is accused of killing two people, injuring a wheelchair-bound senior and robbing several others at gunpoint.
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Oliver appeared disheveled in court as Rottenberg read out the various charges from several files. He wore his hair in two messy pigtails that gathered in a bun at the back of his head.

Oliver, a well-known gang member, is accused of shooting dead 21-year-old Kevon Langston in a lower Manhattan apartment and 17-year-old Keyaira Rattray-Brothers in Crown Heights.

Before the killings, Oliver allegedly shot a 96-year-old in the leg while the wheelchair-bound senior waited for a bus in Crown Heights and drew his gun in several robberies.

Sundance Oliver turns himself in at a police station,
Oliver surrendered the day after the killings in a Brooklyn borough.

The NYPD launched a massive manhunt to find the “armed and extremely dangerous” man, which was dropped when he turned himself in to the 77th Precinct Tuesday morning. The footage shows Oliver entering the building with his hands raised.

The lifelong criminal’s decision to surrender surprised even the police, sources said.

Oliver has a long history of crimes that accelerated in the weeks leading up to the shooting, prosecutors said.

On November 15, Oliver allegedly punched, threw a bottle and “pointed a gun” at the very girlfriend who convinced him to surrender peacefully. The two fell out after Oliver stayed in an apartment without permission, although it is not clear who owned the apartment.

Oliver robbed several people over the next two weeks, including a 14-year-old boy and an employee at a small grocery store, according to prosecutors. In one instance, Oliver and three others are said to have punched and kicked a man before stealing his jacket, phone, wallet, sneakers and other belongings – all worth about $4,000.

The day before the murders, Oliver allegedly held a woman at gunpoint and demanded her money and a jacket, before telling her to lower her pants because “he wanted to see the applicant’s buttocks,” prosecutors said. The woman bowed her head as Oliver allegedly fired a shot.

Keyaria Rattray brothers
Oliver is accused of killing 17-year-old Keyaria Rattray-Brothers in Crown Heights.

Oliver has denied all allegations, his court-appointed attorney said at Thursday’s indictment, demanding “adequate bail.”

But Judge Dale Fong-Frederick denied the motion, calling Oliver “complete and total risk.”

“The facts alleged in the complaint, if true, together with Mr. Oliver’s decades of criminal history, reveal someone who is at best detached from the demands of society,” Fong-Frederick said. “There is no one who would return to court if they had the option to ask for cash bail of whatever amount.”

Oliver will appear in court on December 9, 12 and 13 for all three separate cases. Sundance Oliver plotted to shoot precinct: prosecutors


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