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2 Bronx men assaulted, tried to rob off-duty cop, DA says

Hempstead Officer Joseph Page accidentally shot himself in the leg during the attempted robbery last month, prosecutors said.

The scene of the shooting at Sedgwick Avenue

The scene of the shooting at Sedgwick Avenue and Hall of Fame Terrace in the Bronx on July 21. Photo Credit: Jim Staubitser

Two men have been indicted on charges that they beat and attempted to rob an off-duty Hempstead, Long Island, police officer last month in the Bronx, prosecutors said.

The two Bronx men have been in custody since July 21, when Officer Joseph Page shot them, prosecutors said. Page also accidentally shot himself in the leg during a fight with the men.

Saikou Sumareh, 20, and Musa Krubally, 24, were arraigned Monday on an indictment charging them with several counts of robbery and assault, Bronx District Attorney Darcel Clark said in a news release.

Page was in a sport utility vehicle at Sedgwick Avenue and Hall of Fame Terrace when a Toyota sedan rear-ended him on the morning of July 21, according to the district attorney's office and police accounts at the time.

As Page and the other driver were talking, a Nissan sedan stopped and two men got out, officials said.

A passenger in the Toyota sedan then got out of that car and all four assaulted Page and stole gold chains he was wearing, the district attorney's office said.

“According to the investigation, the victim said he saw the butt of a firearm and subsequently pulled out his own gun and fired at the individuals,” the prosecutor’s news release said.

Page shot Sumareh in the arm and abdomen and shot Krubally in the abdomen, the news release said. Page also "suffered from a self-inflicted gunshot." 

The investigation is continuing. Hempstead police could not be reached for comment.

Bail for Sumareh is $50,000 bond or cash, and bail for Krubally is set at $150,000 bond or $75,000 cash, according to the news release. Both are due back in court on Dec. 17.


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