On Saturday, May 30, 2013 shortly before 9:00 p.m. police officers Vaughan Ettienne and Romando Julien were assigned to anti-crime patrol in plain clothes, in an unmarked police vehicle within the confines of the 81 Precinct. The officers were patrolling in the vicinity of the intersection of Dekalb and Lewis Avenues due to a gun point livery robbery that occurred the night before at approximately 10:20 p.m.
The officers were driving southbound on Stuyvesant Avenue, approaching Lafayette Avenue, when they observed a Ford Crown Victoria livery vehicle traveling southbound. They observed the car change lanes without signaling and motioned the vehicle to the side of the road using lights and sirens. Just as the two vehicles came to a stop and the officers began to exit their car, the back doors of the Ford opened and three men exited – two men from the driver’s side of the vehicle and one from the passenger side. Officer Ettienne sprinted to the driver’s side where two men exited, managing to grab the second man to exit from the vehicle. The suspect, later identified as 22-year-old Jahseth Lloyd, was taken into custody and the other two male suspects fled from the location.
Recovered from the floor of the back seat of the livery cab was a small paper shopping bag containing a stolen, loaded Harrington and Richardson Arms Company .32 caliber revolver containing five bullets. Also recovered from the bag were plastic bags containing heroin, crack cocaine and marihuana. Approximately 2,000 wax paper envelopes were recovered from Lloyd, who was arrested and charged with criminal possession of controlled substance (5 counts), criminal possession of a weapon (3 counts), criminal sale of marihuana, criminal sale of marihuana, criminal possession of stolen property, and criminal use of drug paraphernalia.
Officer Ettiene, who has been with the NYPD for 13 years, said patrolling the area to ensure the safety of livery drivers is something that hits close to home for him. Ettienne, who is 39 years old, first came to this country from Grenada with his family when he was only 3 years old. His father, who formerly worked as a police officer in Grenada, worked both as a security guard and cab driver once he moved to America in order to provide for his family. Growing up, Ettienne recalled how his father, working as a cab driver in Brooklyn, was robbed at gun and knife point on several occasions.
After the officers took the Lloyd into custody they made sure the livery driver was unharmed and informed him that they had recovered a loaded firearm. “He couldn’t thank us enough,” said Ettienne.