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NYPD: 2 more arrested in threats against police

The NYPD said a Queens man was arrested

The NYPD said a Queens man was arrested on weapon charges after a witness reported hearing him make threats against police. Elvin Payamps, 38, was arrested Wednesday afternoon after a man at a bank on Metropolitan Avenue in Flushing said he overhead a man on his cellphone talk about having firearms and killing police. Police said a search of Payamps' home led to the recovery of two firearms, two bullet-resistant vests, brass knuckles and a holster. Photo Credit: NYPD

Two more people have been charged with making threats against New York City police, days after two officers were gunned down in their patrol car, the NYPD said Thursday.

The two latest arrests bring to six the number of people so far charged with either making terroristic threats against police or calling in false reports, police said.

Tyrone Melville, 41, of Manhattan and Jose Maldonado, 26, of Brooklyn were both arrested Wednesday and charged with making terroristic threats, police said.

Melville allegedly called the 84th Precinct in Brooklyn at 4:30 a.m. Tuesday, referencing one of the slain officers and saying that he was going to "kill cops," police said, while Maldonado allegedly made Facebook posts talking about killing police officers. Maldonado turned himself in to the 90th Precinct in Brooklyn on Wednesday, police said.

Both are scheduled to appear Tuesday in Kings County Criminal Court, records show.

Separately Wednesday, a Queens man was arrested on multiple weapons charges after a witness reported hearing him make threats against police, the NYPD said.

Elvin Payamps, 38, of Queens, was arrested after a man at a bank on Metropolitan Avenue and 80th Street in Middle Village said he overhead a man on his cellphone talk about having firearms and killing police, the NYPD said. After police stopped a man nearby who matched the suspect's description, Payamps was arrested. Police said a search of Payamps' home led to the recovery of two firearms, two bullet-resistant vests and brass knuckles.

He appeared in Queens County Criminal Court Thursday.

The four others previously arrested, according to police:

Devon Coley, 18, of Brooklyn, arrested Monday after allegedly making threats against police on Facebook. He will appear Jan. 9 in Kings County Criminal Court, records say.

Robert Bowman, 52, of Manhattan, charged with making a false report after allegedly calling 911 on Monday and saying his cousin planned to "go across the bridge" and "kill some cops." He is scheduled to appear Monday in New York Criminal Court, records say.

Roberto Labita, 46, of Staten Island, arrested Tuesday after allegedly calling 911 to falsely report that a stranded motorist he picked up in his tow truck told him he was going to kill cops.

Yasin Shearin, 16, of Staten Island, arrested Tuesday for allegedly posting terroristic threats against police on social media. Shearin is scheduled to appear Monday in Kings County Criminal Court, records say.

Law enforcement officials said the NYPD received 47 threat cases from a variety of law enforcement agencies and online sources, as well as 911 and 311 calls, since Saturday, when officers Wenjian Liu, 32, and Rafael Ramos, 40, both of Brooklyn, were shot to death execution-style. About 24 of the cases were closed, 15 remain open and eight were referred to other law enforcement agencies, said an official who didn't want to be named.

With Emily Ngo

and Rosemary Olander

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