Serial attack suspect charged with murder of elderly lottery winner reportedly sucker-punches cop at hospital

The alleged Brooklyn serial slasher, who has been charged with murdering an elderly man in cold blood while going on a spree of unprovoked assaults, freaked out on an NYPD officer who was keeping an eye on him at the hospital and sucker-punched him in the face.

(Video Credit: FOX 5 New York)

The assault happened Wednesday night at Maimonides Medical Center as the officer was escorting 26-year-old Joevani Vale to the bathroom according to court documents. He reportedly hit the officer in the face “with a closed fist” around 11:45 p.m.

“Where are we going?” Vale asked the officer before throwing the sucker punch at his face and connecting.

Following the incident, the police officer was left with pain and redness. He was also very “annoyed” the filing noted.

The accused serial slasher is being charged in the fatal stabbing of Ramon Cintron, 83, in a Brooklyn housing project. The unprovoked attack against the police officer added five more to Vale’s murder and assault charges that were already pending. Vale, who has had three prior arrests, was the subject of a manhunt by the NYPD.

The New York Post reported that Vale was last arrested in September 2020, when he randomly slashed a man named Isaac Alvarez before running off.

He was charged with assault in that case and later pleaded guilty, avoiding jail time in exchange for a mental-health treatment program. He completed it after 13 months, according to prosecutors.

Vale was also previously charged with forcible touching in Brooklyn’s Crown Heights neighborhood in 2016 and for public lewdness in the borough’s 84th Precinct, which includes Boerum Hill, in 2015.

The suspect was arrested on Monday after he strolled into the Brooklyn hospital with no visible injuries. Sources told the New York Post that he appeared to be high at the time.

Vale is also accused of attacking two other people in a one-hour slashing spree in Brooklyn last Saturday.

The attacks included punching a 47-year-old woman and then slashing another 31-year-old woman before following Cintron into the elevator at the Wyckoff Houses public housing complex where he brutally stabbed the beloved elderly man in the neck and in his right arm. He then kicked Cintron before he was seen running to the stairwell and fleeing the scene, sources claim. The attack was also caught on surveillance video.

Cintron never stood a chance and he was pronounced dead at the scene after he was found in a pool of his own blood by police.

“We were supposed to go visit [Cintron] on Friday, and he wasn’t feeling good, and he had to go into the hospital,” the elderly man’s nephew, Angel Cintron, told the New York Post, commenting that his uncle had a pacemaker. “He came out Saturday morning, and the first thing he did was go over and play his numbers at that corner deli. He always went to the corner to play the numbers. His whole life he did that.”

Vale was arraigned on Friday and then was remanded to custody pending further action.


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