Busted: Cops arrest upstate shooting suspect near Park Slope

Cuffed: Police arrested Joshua Stuart for alleged attempted murder of police officers in upstate New York on Sept. 28, and an alleged gunpoint robbery in Bay Ridge on Oct. 1. He was taken into custody in Park Slope.

Police have apprehended a man who was wanted for the attempted murder of several police officers upstate and an armed robbery in Bay Ridge.

Joshua Stuart was apprehended at 5:33 pm in the vicinity of the 78th Precinct without incident, according to a spokesman for the police department.

State and city police were hunting the man who allegedly shot at police officers in Ellenville, NY, in the early hours of Sept. 28 and was caught on security video allegedly committing a gunpoint robbery of a Bay Ridge bodega on Monday morning.

Stuart allegedly entered the store at Third Avenue and 84th Street at 8:37 am and demanded an employee’s wallet at gunpoint, making off with $50 and a credit card, according to police.

After Stuart was taken into custody, the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York announced that the bodega robbery would be prosecuted as a federal case under the Hobbs Act, which “prohibits actual or attempted robbery or extortion affecting interstate or foreign commerce in any way or degree.”

Reach reporter Kevin Duggan at (718) 260–2511 or by e-mail at kduggan@cnglocal.com. Follow him on Twitter @kduggan16.

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