WOW, a black career criminal trying to kill a white cop....Something you don't see everyday....
Soon-to-be dad Officer Eder Loor, 28, is in critical condition; ‘He’s not out of the woods yet’: New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg
A musclebound mental patient who was off his meds plunged a knife through the skull of a city cop in an unprovoked East Harlem attack — and then calmly strolled away.
In mere seconds, the 26-year-old ex-con snapped during a conversation with cops, driving the knife with such force that the blade pierced the cop’s brain.
The suspect’s mother said her son was diagnosed 10 years ago with bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and depression. Officer Eder Loor, who responded to the mother’s 911 call, was in critical but stable condition on Tuesday — after facing off with a ticking time bomb.
“They should have left him on something,” said Vearry Hale, explaining that doctors took her son off his medication about a month ago. “My son’s been hospitalized four or five times before.”
Hale, 51, said her son Terrence was “stressing” from the moment he woke up in their 10th-floor home at the Franklin Plaza apartments.
“He said, ‘Ma, I need to go to the hospital,’ ” the mom recalled.
She called 911 at 10:30 a.m., saying her unemployed son was acting irrationally and needed to go to the hospital.
What Loor, 28, and partner Luckson Merisme didn’t know was that Terrence Hale was unmedicated and had a violent criminal past. Cops spotted Hale and his mother in the lobby.
Without warning, as the cops and Hale neared the sidewalk on E. 107th St., the suspect whipped out the 3! 1/2-inch wood-handled knife. Police said he drove the blade about 2 inches into the cop’s skull, but incredibly missed striking anything vital.
Loor collapsed to the sidewalk. Hale walked away casually toward Third Ave. As cops swooped in to to arrest him at 10:49 a.m., Hale flexed his muscles in a perverse posedown for police before his arrest.
“(It’s) like he was saying, ‘Come and get me,’ ” said witness Miguel Garcia. “It was like King Kong. I’ve never seen anything crazy like this.”
Loor arrived at Mount Sinai Medical Center in a matter of minutes — at 10:58 a.m. The officer, who’s married and 'has a young daughter, Jaylin, received a miraculously positive prognosis after emergency brain surgery.“Thank God he’s fine,” teary-eyed aunt Soraya Cardona, 42, said Tuesday night outside the hospital where a large contingent of family gathered. “When he saw me, he opened his eyes and said my name.”
When his stepmother Ana Canals told Loor she loved him, he squeezed her hand.
“He’s aware of everything, he recognizes us,” said cousin Sasha Cardona, 22. “It was very emotional, we’re just happy he’s fine.”
“I did speak to him. He’s conscious but in a lot of pain,” said Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly after a visit with Loor and his wife, Dina, who’s expecting a son in July.
“He was very, very lucky.”
Loor, assigned to the 23rd Precinct and on the force six years, was undergoing hourly CAT scans, Cardona said. He was heavily sedated and in critical condition after the lifesaving operation.
Hale, who was charged with attempted aggravated murder, assault and criminal possession of a weapon after the stabbing, was placed under psychiatric watch at Metropolitan Hospital.
The 6-foot-3, 183-pound Hale’s psychiatric problems began when he was 16, with the teenager dropping out of high school about the same time his criminal career began.
Police were even called to the family home on Third Ave. in October 2010 with a report that Hale was suicidal, and he was hospitalized without a confrontation. Cops say Hale was far more agitated Tuesday morning.
“Why are you here?” Hale reportedly asked the cops before walking past the NYPD partners in the lobby of his building.
Vearry Hale said she warned the cops to call for backup, and recalled that her son challenged the officers: “He said, ‘If I’ve done something, tell me. Read me my rights.’ My son had enough sense to say that.”
According to Kelly, Hale told the officers that he was going to the hospital on his own.
“The officers informed him they would escort him to the hospital,” Kelly said. “That’s when Hale produced a knife and stabbed Officer Loor.”
Witnesses, including 11-year veteran Merisme, thought the suspect threw a punch until blood started pouring from the gash in Loor’s left temple and the wounded officer called for help.
Witness Garcia, who works in a nearby hardware store, said the suspect walked one block north to JFK Fried Chicken & Pizza — where he was surrounded by about 10 cops.
It was the second stabbing of a police officer under similar circumstances in 10 days. A Bronx cop survived an Easter morning attack by a mentally ill man who had stopped taking his medication.
Hale’s substantial rap sheet included a 2006 stabbing, along with arrests for robbery, assault and riot, authorities said.
There was also an outstanding order of protection against Hale from the 2006 incident in which he stabbed a victim in the arm and back.
He was paroled for that attack on March 29, 2008.
Loor moved his young family from the city to Washingtonville, Orange County, just 18 months ago.
“He said it was worth the drive for his family,” said neighbor Kenneth Leonas, 49, a former NYPD detective who retired two weeks ago.
Loor — known to his neighbors as Danny — is regarded as a good neighbor who was eager to share his skills as a car mechanic and handyman.
“He was always a decent guy,” said Leonas. “He was taking care of his family. He was always working hard.”
Loor is also a member of the Air Force National Guard.
Hale’s mother said she was “so sad” about the injured officer, but insisted that her son didn’t stab anybody.
“The main thing is for my son to get the help he needs,” she said. “This never should have happened.”