He tried to take the officer’s gun because he needed it.
So said the 27-year-old Bronx man who tried to grab the uniformed cop’s weapon outside Monroe College Tuesday night, according to court papers.
“You don’t understand. I need your gun,” Ronald Santos told NYPD officer Gyasi K. Thompson at about 7:35 p.m. Tuesday, outside the Fordham Manor college on Jerome Ave. near E. 190th St, according to a criminal complaint.
What happened next was caught on surveillance video, cop sources said — the two struggled, and though the gun got free, the officer kept it in his left hand as he tried to restrain Santos with his right hand.
A security guard who saw the bizarre scuffle came to the police officer’s aid, but four other pedestrians watched from the sidewalk and did nothing.
Santos later told police, “I have been seeing a lot of police officers and I just went up to the officer standing in front of Monroe College. I went to grab his gun. We fell to the ground. I kept trying to grab the gun. I wanted to take the gun and run away with it,” according to the complaint.