Bronx, NY- A masked man with a lengthy rap sheet was charged with threatening NYPD officers with knives inside a Bronx station house over the weekend — but was quickly back on city streets after being released without bail.
Montey White, 27, allegedly was caught on surveillance footage bursting into the lobby of the 40th Precinct station on Alexander Avenue near 138th Street Saturday night wearing a black ski mask and bright yellow hoodie.
An internal police document alleges he was carrying both a dagger and a kitchen knife. Two plainclothes cops processing a handcuffed suspect can be seen in the footage immediately spotting the masked man and yelling commands at him.
The cuffed suspect nervously backs away as one of the officers draws his weapon. The cops then force White — who was also wearing a backpack and carrying a green shopping bag — onto the ground. “What are you doing, man?” one officer can be heard saying as other officers run in as backup.
Police say White didn’t utter a word as he entered the station house, but his actions seemed like an “attempted suicide by cop.”
White’s charges included menacing police officers, which is a felony, and criminal possession of weapons and obstructing government administration.
But this isn’t his first trouble with the law. White has six prior arrests, four of which are sealed. The other two are for a weapons charge in 2018 and the alleged rape on an incapacitated 26-year-old woman at a homeless center in Staten Island in February 2017.
Despite being accused of putting officers under “reasonable fear” of “serious physical injury or death” in Saturday’s incident, White was released on his own recognizance Sunday after prosecutors from Bronx District Attorney Darcel Clark’s office didn’t even request bail.
“Darcel Clark is the worst prosecutor in the world,” one police source fumed. “What if he had two guns? He could have shot cops up.”
The Bronx District Attorney’s Office wouldn’t say why it hadn’t requested bail for White, who is due back in court July 16.