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Glendale man allegedly threatens to kill cops: NYPD

By Madina Toure

A Glendale man allegedly threatened to kill cops at a TD Bank in Middle Village on Christmas Eve and was arrested Wednesday, the NYPD said.

Elvin Payamps, 38, of 72-34 Edsall Ave. in Glendale, allegedly told someone on his cell phone that he wanted to kill cops and that he had firearms at his home outside of the TD Bank on 79-55 Metropolitan Ave. in Middle Village, police said.

Payamps was arrested and charged with criminal possession of a weapon, which includes a loaded firearm and a defaced weapon, and unlawful possession of a marijuana, NYPD said.

At approximately 1:39 p.m., a 54-year-old man inside the TD Bank allegedly heard Payamps having a conversation about killing cops and having firearms in his house, according to police.

Payamps allegedly admitted to his threats and said they were brought on by the shooting deaths of Officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu in Brooklyn, the New York Post reported.

“I’m going to kill another cop,” Payamps said, according to the Post story. “We should do it before Christmas. The cop should have been white that was killed. I always have a gun on me.”

He was taken into custody two days before Ramos’ wake was planned at Christ Tabernacle Church in Glendale, followed by his funeral Saturday, which was expected to draw 20,000 police officers from around the nation. Vice President Joe Biden and his wife also were scheduled to attend.

Payamps left the bank before the police arrived, according to the NYPD. Cops eventually found him getting into a car in the rear of 6626 Metropolitan Ave. After the police conducted a car stop at the intersection of Metropolitan Avenue and Rentar Plaza, Payamps got out of the vehicle and a small plastic bag containing marijuana was allegedly observed in plain view in the front seat area of the vehicle, the NYPD said.

The witness was able to identify Payamps when he was placed under arrest and sent to the 104th Precinct. Two firearms, two bullet-resistant vests, brass knuckles and a holster were allegedly recovered from Payamp’s residence, authorities said. Payamp’s wife consented to the search both in writing and verbally, the NYPD said.

The NYPD has conducted about 40 threat investigations after evaluating hundreds of online postings and calls to 911 and 311, the NYPD said in a statement. Roughly half of those investigations have been closed or referred to other agencies and the NYPD has made six arrests. Payamps was not charged with threatening police, a department spokeswoman said.

The NYPD said it plans to explore additional security measures and deploy police resources if necessary.

Reach reporter Madina Toure by e-mail at mtour‌[email protected]‌local.com or by phone at (718) 260–4566.

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