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Mar 14, 2023
Jonathan Nunez Previously Pleaded Guilty to 10 Charges in February 2023 (SUFFOLK COUNTY, N.Y.) – Suffolk County District Attorney Raymond A. Tierney today announced Jonathan Nunez, 27, was sentenced to 16 years in prison followed by five years of postrelease supervision for stabbing and seriously injuring a Suffolk County Police Officer in 2021 after an attempted traffic stop. “Police officers are subjected to threats and danger on the job every time they show up for work. When an honest hardworking police officer is attacked, it’s an attack on our community and order,” said District Attorney Tierney. “This defendant showed no respect for the law, the victim he crashed into nor the officer who attempted to stop him from doing even more damage, and now he will be serving a lengthy prison sentence for his actions.” On February 6, 2023, Nunez pleaded guilty before County Court Judge, the Honorable Stephen L. Braslow, to each of the charges in the indictment: One count of Aggravated Assault of a Police Officer, a Class B violent felony; One count of Assault in the First Degree, a Class B violent felony; One count of Assault on a Police Officer, a Class C violent felony; Two counts of Assault in the Second Degree, a Class D violent felony; One count of Assault in the Third Degree, a Class A misdemeanor; One count of Resisting Arrest, a Class A misdemeanor; 2 One count of Reckless Driving, an Unclassified misdemeanor; One count of Leaving the Scene of an MVA with Injury, a misdemeanor; and One count of Driving While Impaired by Drugs, an unclassified misdemeanor. According to court documents and the defendant’s statements at his guilty plea allocution, Suffolk County Police Officer Christopher Racioppo observed a vehicle being driven in an erratic manner and with its lights off on South Ocean Avenue in Patchogue on April 10, 2021, at approximately 10:30 p.m. When Officer Racioppo activated his emergency lights in an attempt to pull the vehicle over, Nunez, the driver, sped away and the officer pursued him. Nunez subsequently crashed into another vehicle at a high rate of speed, totaling both vehicles and causing minor injury to the other driver. Nunez then exited his vehicle and, despite directives from Officer Racioppo to stop, he fled on foot. Officer Racioppo chased Nunez into a backyard where Nunez stabbed Officer Racioppo in his upper left leg, severing his femoral artery. Witnesses and other responding officers at the scene were able to restrain Nunez and render lifesaving aid to Officer Racioppo. Officer Racioppo was in extremely critical condition after losing nearly his entire blood supply. He was first transported to Long Island Community Hospital and then brought to Stony Brook University Hospital. After being intubated, Officer Racioppo underwent life-saving blood transfusions and surgery. On March 13, 2023, Judge Braslow sentenced Nunez to 16 years in prison followed by five years of post-release supervision. Nunez was represented by Christopher Brocato, Esq. This case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Sheetal Shetty of the Major Crime Bureau. 

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