Feb. 2, 2012
By KIRSTAN CONLEY and DOUGLAS MONTERO
The young drug suspect whose brutal beating by Bronx cops was caught on a shocking video has a laundry list of prior criminal charges — and gave one cop a bloody nose before they pounced on him, sources told The Post.
Jatiek Reed, 19, currently has three prior open criminal cases. Six days before the beating incident, he allegedly kicked a woman before stealing her cellphone.
Last June, he and two accomplices were charged with robbery and assault after they jumped a man for his phone and sliced open his face with an unknown sharp object, court records show. The gruesome wound required 14 stitches to close.
The alleged June crime occurred on the same stretch of East 168th Street in the University Heights section of The Bronx where Reed was spotted Sunday ditching baggies of coke and pot, court papers state.
When Officer Robert Jaquez went to handcuff Reed, the thug punched the officer in the nose and used his head to slam the cop on the cheek, the documents add.
What followed next was a wild melee caught on camera as Jaquez and fellow cops tossed the teen to the ground and proceeded to club, punch and kick him.
The other cops were identified by sources as Alfonsina De la Cruz, Jodi Brown and Sgt. Mervin Montalban.
The three men and one woman, assigned to the 42nd Precinct in Tremont, were put on modified duty while NYPD Internal Affairs investigates.
"These images are troubling," Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said yesterday.
But PBA President Pat Lynch said the cops would be cleared and cautioned against a "rush to judgment about this incident, in which a drug dealer violently resisted arrest and seriously injured a police officer whose wounds required several stitches."
Evidence of the police beatdown was still visible yesterday on the bloodied sleeve of Reed's orange shirt as he was led into Bronx Criminal Court.
Reed's father, Bernard Walker, said his son is complaining of headaches and prison officials aren't providing adequate medical care.