The would-be robber who opened fire on police Monday before ending his own life had a history of violence, including the 1993 kidnapping of a police officer, according to the Daily News.
Robert Rementaria was caught robbing a home on Quentin Road near East 36th Street. The 47-year-old career thug opened fire on a sergeant who happened to be passing by. The officer returned fire, striking Rementaria’s leg. He then turned the gun on himself.
But it wasn’t the crook’s first attempt to harm an officer of the law. Daily News describes an attempt to kidnap and kill a cop:
The kidnapping started with a traffic dispute between Rementaria’s former girlfriend and narcotics cop Albert Valdes, police said.
Rementaria and Vincent Ferrentino, 27, carjacked Valdes, struck him in the face with a handgun – and then drove him to a desolate area, where police said they planned to finish him off.
Valdes fought back. He managed to wrestle the gun away from the thugs and turned the tables, opening fire, killing Ferrentino and wounding Rementaria.
An autopsy performed on Rementaria yesterday found the bullet fired by Valdes still inside him, police said.
Valdes since has retired from the NYPD, according to Police Department spokesman Paul Browne.
Rementaria was released from prison in 2007 and quickly returned to what police said was a long life of crime.
Indeed, he had been arrested 17 times and incarcerated six times since 1978.
He was still on parole – until 2014 – when cops caught him up to his old ways Monday night.
Rementaria was carrying a police scanner and NYPD precinct maps when he broke into the Quentin Road home and took credit cards and cash.
But he wasn’t counting on running into an NYPD sergeant on the street, who ordered him to stop.
Rementaria ignored her orders and opened fire. The sergeant fired back, wounding him in the leg.
Moments later, Rementaria pulled his last trigger.
The sergeant, a 13-year veteran, was not hurt.