FBI arrests Brooklyn man for allegedly trying to cut brake line on NYPD van

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August 06, 2020 - 11:59 am
Jeremy Trapp

NYPD/Eastern District Court

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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) – The FBI arrested a Brooklyn man who allegedly tried to cut the brake line of an NYPD van last month, federal prosecutors said Wednesday.

Jeremy Trapp, 24, was arrested by FBI agents at his home Wednesday for allegedly sabotaging the vehicle.

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An NYPD informant had been watching Trapp and pretended to act as a "lookout" for him on July 17 when he used a pair of scissors to try to cut the brake line of a parked NYPD van in Sunset Park, according to prosecutors, who said he ended up partially severing a wheel speed sensor.

Police were surveilling Trapp at the time and recorded the incident, prosecutors said. A cut wheel speed sensor could “adversely impact a driver’s ability to stop and maintain control of the NYPD van in an emergency,” court documents say.

Prosecutors allege Trapp told the informant he wanted to harm police officers and their supporters and also cut the brake lines on police cars.

Trapp also allegedly told the informant that he wanted to “burn down” the Verrazano Bridge, according to the New York Post.

Trapp already faced reckless endangerment, criminal mischief and other state charges for the alleged sabotage but was released under bail reform laws.

At Trapp’s arraignment, his defense lawyer Ashley Burrell argued that he had been entrapped by the informant. She noted that her client doesn’t have a criminal history and hasn’t had run-ins with the law since being arrested on the initial charges.

But Trapp was ordered held without bail on the federal charges, which could land him 20 years in prison if convicted.