2012-09-12 / Front Page

Attempted Queens Cop Killer Had Weapons Cache

By LIZ GOFF

A Manhattan man charged last December with attempting to gun down two Jackson Heights cops may have been planning mass carnage with an attack at a Queens police precinct or city landmark, law enforcement sources said.


Police last week discovered a weapons cache in a Yonkers storage unit rented by Antonio Olmeda that included 15 handguns, AR-15 rifles, shotguns, grenades, smoke bombs and 5,000 rounds of ammunition, the sources said.


The owner of the storage facility found the stash when he opened the unit after Olmeda failed to pay monthly charges, law enforcement sources said. “He alerted local police, who reached out to the NYPD,” the sources said.


Cops also allegedly recovered another stash inside the unit, including phony NYPD shields, ID cards used to gain entrance to NYC municipal buildings, photos of the Brooklyn Bridge – and NYC maps that had been highlighted to show the locations of Queens police precincts, the sources said.


Police picked up 53-year-old Olmeda for questioning in December, after cops spotted him on 116th Street in Manhattan. Olmeda was wearing a bulletproof vest and was carrying two fully loaded handguns, a loaded Uzi and “suspicious” material that could be used in making an explosive device when he was picked up for questioning in the attack on the Queens cops, authorities said.


He later was charged with multiple counts of attempted murder in the gunfire on the cops, which sent one round into a nearby dental clinic packed with youngsters.


The explosion of gunfire erupted at about 3:55 p.m. on December 2 when the cops, on foot patrol at 37th Road and 78th Street in Jackson Heights, were alerted by a report of an oddly dressed, bearded man, wearing a trench coat, hat and sunglasses, who was acting suspiciously, police officials said.


“The cops spotted Olmeda and kept asking him to take his hands out of his pockets,” officials said. “When the cops asked him for identification, he pulled a black revolver out of his pocket and he just opened fire, point-blank at the cops,” the officials said.


The two cops chased Olmeda and found his fake beard, sunglasses and hat a few blocks away from the scene of the gunfire, but he managed to get away.


Olmeda was identified as the gunman after police matched his DNA with a sample found on the fake beard.


Both officers were treated for trauma at a local hospital after the attack, police said. No injuries were reported at the dental clinic.


Police said Olmeda has a history of criminal activity, including a 1995 arrest for possession of a flame-thrower and for building pipe bombs.


Olmeda was arrested again shortly after the September 11 attacks and served 18 months in prison after he was found carrying bomb-making equipment and ammunition, police said.

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