Convicted In Police Knife Attack
Queens District Attorney Richard Brown announced the conviction of a 39-year-old Far Rockaway man in the attempted murder of a police sergeant and assault on two other police officers.
The NYPD sergeant and both officers were responding to a call concerning an emotionally disturbed man armed with a knife in January, 2009, when they were attcked.
District Attorney Brown said, “This case once again underscores the serious and dangerous nature of police work and the sacrifices that our police officers make in serving and protecting our community. Despite being attacked, they were able to subdue and arrest the defendant without firing a single shot. The defendant’s actions warrant maximum time.”
The DA’s office identified the defendant as Neil Perreira, 39, whose last known address was Collier Avenue, in Far Rockaway.
Perreira, who has been held without bail since his arrest in January 2009, was convicted of first-degree attempted murder, aggravated assault on a police officer, assault on a police officer and two counts of second-degree assault following a four-week jury trial before Queens Supreme Court Justice Barry Schwartz.
According to trial testimony, two police officers from the 101st Precinct responded on January 15, 2009, to a radio call of an emotionally disturbed person armed with a knife at an address on Collier Avenue.
When officers arrived they observed Perreira cutting up vegetables with a knife in the kitchen. Upon seeing the police he left the kitchen and walked into the bedroom. More police officers arrived on the scene and one of them, Sergeant Timothy Smith, knocked on the bedroom door.
Perreira opened the door with a knife in his hand and stabbed Smith in the chest and eye and then injured Police Officers Daniel Sjoberg and Edward Simon, as they attempted to subdue him.
Sergeant Smith was admitted to Bellevue Hospital in critical condition with stab wounds to his left eye and chest and bleeding on the brain. He suffered the loss of his left eye and neurological damage that resulted in him needing the assistance of a walker for mobility.
The two other officers were treated at Jamaica Hospital for lacerations to their hands and later released.
The investigation was conducted by Detective Kevin Cashen of the New York City Police Department’s 101st Precinct Detective Squad.
Assistant District Attorneys Shlomit Metz, of the District Attorney’s Career Criminal Major Crimes Bureau, and Christopher Fell, of the District Attorney’s Criminal Court Bureau, prosecuted the case, under the supervision of Assistant District Attorneys James W. Evangelou, Bureau Chief, and Robert J. Hanophy, Deputy Bureau Chief.
Sentencing for Perreira is set for March 26th. He faces up to 39 years to life in prison.