A few dozen federal officers and local police packed a Brooklyn federal court room Friday as Oswald Lewis, a fugitive who had been on the run for two decades before he was apprehended last year, was arraigned on charges of attempted murder of U.S. Marshals and NYPD officers.
Lewis, who wore shackles and prison clothes when he faced a judge, was arrested in August by the U.S. Marshals Regional Fugitive Task Force. He had been on the run since 1991, originally wanted in Virginia on a charge of conspiring to distribute crack cocaine, when law enforcement officials tracked him to an apartment in Queens near JFK International Airport, authorities have said.
Lewis allegedly lay in wait for U.S. Marshals and NYPD officers and opened fire on the task force members when they went to arrest him last summer. Lewis, who was also a suspect in a Brooklyn stabbing, was wearing a bulletproof vest and had multiple guns under his pillow when they arrived.
Law enforcement officers returned his fire and wounded him in the hand and arm; Lewis wasn't badly hurt.
None of the law enforcement members were injured in the hail of gunfire. They were part of the same task force that worked to track the movements of Daron Dylon Wint, the suspect in the quadruple murder of a family and their housekeeper in Washington, D.C., when the suspect was in New York for a brief period hiding out amid a national manhunt last month.
It wasn't clear if Lewis spoke at the hearing Friday.