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Gang member charged in killing of NYC EMT worker Yadira Arroyo smirks as he pleads not guilty in court

April 7, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Gang member charged in killing of NYC EMT worker Yadira Arroyo smirks as he pleads not guilty in court

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The alleged gang member accused in the slaying of EMT worker Yadira Arroyo in the Bronx, New York, winked at cameras as he appeared in court, where he pleaded not guilty on Wednesday — as new court records revealed his unhinged, drug-fueled rant to police officers.

“I didn’t do anything. I’m going to get a lawsuit. I’m going to get a Bentley,” Jose Gonzalez purportedly ranted to arresting officers just after he hijacked an ambulance and fatally ran over  Yadira Arroyo on March 16th.

In rambling admissions over the next few hours, Gonzalez said that he was high on PCP, weed, and the schizophrenia medicine Seroquel when he mowed down the mother of five with her ambulance, the New York Daily News reported.

“I’m going home in a Maserati. You cops are cool I’ll give you a Maserati and a million dollars,” he asserted once he was escorted into the 43rd Precinct stationhouse.

Jose Gonzalez winks at the camera during his court appearance Wednesday. Richard Harbus

“I didn’t do anything wrong,” he continued. “I hopped in the ambulance to save people from fire.”

Gonzalez later argued that he was “not a murderer” but confessed that he got inside the ambulance and drove while her partner was shouting at him.

“I deserve $75 million. I use PCP and alcohol. I had two blunts of PCP eight hours ago,” he purportedly stated around 1:10 a.m. on the night of the incident.

He spat out the words “Not guilty” when he was asked for a plea on a charge of first-degree murder.

The aggressive attitude came after he refused to attend grand jury hearings or leave his jail cell for an appearance last month.

Several EMTs in the room scoffed after hearing his plea.

FDNY EMT Yadira Arroyo was struck and killed when Jose Gonzalez ran her over with her own ambulance. (FACEBOOK)

Defense attorney Alice Fontier failed to persuade the judge to prevent cameras from entering the courtroom. She and the defendant have been the targets of death threats, according to Fontier.

Arroyo, 44, was murdered while working overtime and reporting to a 911 call with her partner Monique Williams.

It was a bystander who informed her that Gonzalez, 25, was riding on her bumper, and the demented gang member spun around and jumped into the driver’s seat once she got out of the vehicle.

The man mowed her down twice and dragged her into an intersection.

Dozens of Arroyo’s coworkers attended Wednesday’s hearing.

“We will come to every court date,” Israel Miranda, president of the Uniformed EMTs, Paramedics and Fire Inspectors Local 2507, said. “We will continue to have hundreds of people looking for justice. This man needs to be convicted of his crime.”

A memorial honors FDNY EMT Yadira Arroyo. (Twitter/ @FDNY)

One EMT waved a sign indicating Arroyo — who also goes by Yari — helped her killer multiple times in the past.

“Jose, Yari helped and brought you to the hospital three times!!” the sign stated. “WHY DID YOU MURDER HER.”

Miranda said he believed Arroyo previously had taken Gonzalez for treatment.

Arroyo’s partner is still “too sensitive” to speak publicly, according to friend and FDNY EMS Lieutenant Vanessa Ocasio.

“This is a tragic loss for her that she witnessed, and emotionally, psychologically, she’s dealing with grieving every day,” Ocasio said.

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