Several media outlets are now reporting that the third suspect in the Brooklyn shooting of police officers Russel Timoshenko and Herman Yan has been captured. Robert J. Ellis was taken into custody in Tannersville, Pennsylvania not far from where another suspect, Dexter Bostic, was apprehended yesterday. As we told you Tuesday, Ellis, Bostic and Lee Woods allegedly opened fire on the officers after they were pulled over driving a stolen SUV in Brooklyn on July 8. The entire crime was caught on a daycare surveillance camera and clips have been broadcast again and again by local news channels.
Police said that they were tipped off by a passing motorist who saw Ellis and Bostic traveling together on foot in a remote area of Pennsylvania near Interstate 80 in the Pocono Mountains. Police tracked the men following footprints and food wrappers, but when they made contact, both men fled into the woods. Bostic was captured shortly after 6 p.m., but Ellis remained at large overnight, while police set up a dragnet around the area. Using night-vision and infrared heat-sensing equipment as well as bloodhounds and a German Sheppard, police found Ellis leaning against a tree just before 8 a.m. this morning. “He didn’t run,” one police source told the Daily News. “He had spent the night laying in the dirt, in waist-high thorns and brush.” The third suspect, Lee Woods, was apprehended Tuesday and was arraigned yesterday on charges of attempted murder, assault on a police officer and weapons possession.
Officer Timoshenko is still in the hospital on life support, paralyzed and suffering from brain swelling. Officer Yan, who is believed to have been saved by his bullet-resistant vest, was released from the hospital Tuesday.