Man who tried to kill a Westchester County police officer indicted for attempted murder

Acting Westchester County District Attorney James A. McCarty announced that Ronald Clare Greenland of 233 Fifth Avenue, Mount Vernon, New York was arraigned today and charged with:

  • one count of Attempted Murder in the First Degree, a class “A-1” Felony,
  • one count of Attempted Assault in the First Degree, a class “C” Violent Felony.
  • one count of Attempted Aggravated Assault Upon a Police Officer, a class “C” Violent Felony,
  • one count of Assault in the Second Degree, a class “D” Felony,
  • one count of Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Third Degree, a class “D” Felony,
  • one count of Attempted Grand Larceny in the Third Degree: Property Value Exceeds $3,000, a class “E” Felony,
  • one count of Criminal Possession of Stolen Property in the Third Degree, a class “D” Felony,
  • one count of Unlawful Fleeing a Police Officer in a Motor Vehicle in the Third Degree, a class “A” Misdemeanor,
  • one count of Resisting Arrest, a class “A” Misdemeanor,
  • one count of Trespass, a Violation,
  • one count of Possession of Burglar’s Tools, a class “A” Misdemeanor.

On Nov. 8, 2016, at approximately 2:15 a.m., the defendant was attempting to steal rims from a truck at a car dealership located at 175 North Bedford Rd. in Mount Kisco.

A Westchester County Police Officer was on patrol when he spotted a suspicious green Honda Odyssey van in the parking lot of the dealership. It had previously been reported stolen.

The officer pulled over the van at a traffic light but then the defendant sped off. A high speed chase ensued. The defendant then stopped the van on Knowlton Avenue, left the vehicle and began running. The officer chased the defendant through backyards eventually catching him on Dickson Lane in Bedford.

A physical struggle began where the defendant hit the officer several times and attempted to stab him before he was subdued and taken into custody. The knife was recovered at the scene. The officer’s bullet proof vest had slashes in the chest area where the defendant attempted to stab him.

Police had been conducting increased patrols of local car dealerships in response to several thefts of tires, rims and other car parts during the overnight hours.

After the defendant’s arrest, police discovered a car jack and cinder blocks beneath a pickup truck on the car dealership’s property. The minivan he was driving had been stolen from Scarsdale in September.

The defendant also faces federal charges due to the fact that he had previously been deported back to his home country Jamaica and illegally returned to the United States. He was deported based upon his prior felony conviction relating to his participation in a car theft ring.

The defendant pled not guilty.

He was remanded.

He faces twenty-five years to life in state prison.

His next court date is Jan. 17, 2017.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney John O’Rourke of the Superior Court Trial Division.


Follow Mount Kisco HamletHub