Brooklyn Man Charged With Shooting Officer Had Prior Clashes With the Law
NEW YORK CITY — The fare beater that shot a Crown Heights police officer Wednesday has a lengthy rap sheet that goes back nearly a decade.
Rashun Robinson, 26, who has been arrested six times, had an outstanding warrant in Lebanon, Pa., when he fired a .45-caliber handgun at rookie officer James Li three times on Utica Avenue.
Most of Robinson’s priors were for non-violent drug and robbery offenses.
In October 2004, he smashed a glass case in a Brooklyn jewelry store and took off with over $1,000 worth of merchandise, according to the Kings County District Attorney.
In 2005, he pled guilty to selling crack in The Bronx, according to the county’s DA Office.
Robinson stayed out of New York but not out of trouble in 2011 when he sold crack to an undercover law police officer in Lebanon. A warrant for his arrest was issued in August 2012, and Robinson has been on the lam ever since.
Friday, he was being held at Riker's Island and faces multiple felony charges including attempted murder and reckless endangerment. Robinson's next court date is March 7.
Li was released from the hospital on Friday, according to reports.