Assault suspect arrested after car chase on parkway

Eastchester Police Department. Photo provided.
David Gonzalez

EASTCHESTER – David Gonzalez, 50, of Cortlandt Manor was arrested by police after he allegedly assaulted a former co-worker with a metal baton, threatened to shoot the victim’s family, and then led police on a car chase in Westchester earlier this month.  Gonzalez is in the Westchester County Jail on charges of assault and unlawfully fleeing a police officer.

The Eastchester police received a call on March 4th from a caller reporting an assault at an auto body shop on Summerfield Street.  The caller reported that Gonzalez, a former employee of the shop had entered the shop and struck the victim in the head with a metal baton, and then threatened to shoot the victim’s family.  After the attack, Gonzalez fled the premises in a car.

Responding officers were searching for the vehicle which was spotted by Officer Anthony Guerriero as it was turning northbound on the Bronx River Parkway.  The officer attempted to stop the car but Gonzalez refused to comply and sped away.  He continued racing north and abruptly exited and then re-entered the parkway, trying to evade the pursuing police.

The chase continued on to the Taconic State Parkway, with other police agencies joining the Eastchester officer.  An officer from the Westchester County Police Department deployed a device used to end the chase.  The Gonzalez vehicle became disabled and the suspect was taken into custody.

After being arraigned, Gonzalez was sent to jail on $50,000 cash bail or $250,000 bond.

Eastchester Police Chief  Joseph Rodriguez issued a statement saying “The arrest without incident to the public, officers, or the suspect is a testament to the professionalism and excellent police work by P.O. Guerriero and the officers involved in apprehending the suspect,” adding “It also highlights the coordination and successful deployment of pursuit mitigation strategies between multiple agencies within the county.”