An ex-NYPD detective has accused took bribes of helping robbers targeting Asian American small businesses.

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Robbery in New York

Former detective, Saul A. De La Cruz, of the New York Police Department was charged with taking bribes to robbers who were targeting Asian American’s small businesses. De La Cruz’s lawyer, Atty. Howard Turner told the authorities that his client pleaded not guilty to the accusations. According to a press release, Turner told the authorities that Howard is innocent until proven guilty and told the audience to hold their judgments as he gathers shreds of evidence that would prove his client whether guilty or not.

Robberies started committing a series of home invasions and burglaries that mostly targeted Asian Americans’ small businesses from 2017 to 2022. The group was identified to have 4 members that are all armed with guns and other weapons they can use to steal money, jewelry, and other properties owned by most Asian American citizens.

The group of robbers was arrested on Thursday and was found guilty led by Soto-Ramirez. Ramirez was also arrested on charges of assault and possession of firearms.

However, De La Cruz will face up a fair trial especially since he denied the accusations and pleaded not guilty. Attorneys of both sides will gather pieces of evidence to prove the right. The schedule for his trial is still not announced.

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