Manhattan D.A. Alvin Bragg has announced the indictment of 48-year-old Rudy Garcia for stabbing a 25-year-old EMT at Mount Sinai Hospital West on July 19.
Garcia is being charged with include Attempted Murder in the Second Degree, Assault in the First Degree, and Assault in the Second Degree.
“First responders work on the frontlines every day to serve the City of New York. As alleged, Rudy Garcia viciously attacked an EMT who was doing her job and coming to his aid,” said District Attorney Bragg. “I’m grateful for the swift action of other members of the Mount Sinai Health System and the NYPD. My thoughts are with the victim as she continues to recover and heal.”
The attack took place at about 8:20 p.m. on July 19, a Wednesday. The EMT was called to a scene at 94th and Amsterdam where she collected Garcia to transport him to Mount Sinai West (at West 59th Street). As the ambulance pulled into the hospital’s emergency bay, Garcia threw a gum wrapper at the EMT. When the EMT asked him to stop, he pulled a large knife out of his sock and stabbed her chest, arm, and left leg several times.
The EMT suffered significant blood loss from puncture wounds to her left side, including one to her left forearm, one to the left side of her chest and four to her left thigh. She received stitches to her chest wound and emergency surgery for her leg wounds the same day. She also suffered nerve damage to her left arm, for which she underwent multiple surgeries.
Fellow EMTs and Mount Sinai security immediately responded and held Garcia until NYPD officers arrested him at the scene.