Hispanic Men Facing Charges After Dragging Police Officer Were Reenacting 'Fast And Furious' Scene [VIDEO]

Arfhy Santos and William Lopez
Arfhy Santos and William Lopez, are facing up to 20 years in prison after dragging a cop with a Mercedez Benz in Times Square. Photo: NYPD

Being for many tourists the perfect setting for a memorable photo or video, Times Square has also become the place where others attend to break the law. The most recent case was perpetrated by two Hispanic men between 20 and 24 years of age, who, to avoid being stopped by a police officer after having caused a smoke with the tires of their cars, rammed and dragged the officer leaving him with minor injuries and later successfully fleed the scene.

As if it had been a scene from the popular saga "Fast and the Furious" Arfhy Santos, the 20-year-old alleged driver, and William Lopez, 24, allegedly sitting in the passenger seat and owner of the vehicle, struck police Officer Ian Wallace, 26, with a black 2012 Mercedes-Benz C-63. Despite his injuries, the police as a last attempt to capture them, decided to run after the alleged criminals, who were escaping at full speed and hit other vehicles, to finally disappear. 

According to the New York Police Department (NYPD), both men are from the Bronx, members of a car club and have criminal records. "Based on past actions of these two people, they don't just give up, they don't just surrender, they try to escape and they use a vehicle as a weapon to do so," Chief of Manhattan Detectives William Aubry said in a press briefing. "That's in their history that we looked at. They use whatever means they can to flee that scene."

"These are men that drive these cars, and, as you've seen on the video, they don't just stop for a police officer," he added. Days after the hit-and-run NYPD found the car. “We knew exactly what it was. It had body damage to it. We have a search warrant to process the car. Another male dropped it off, not these two males on that street, so we have to go back on video and see if we can ID him as well,” NYPD Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce said in a press conference.

Attorney and activist Paul Prestia, is representing Santos, and said he is facing charges of reckless endangerment, attempted murder and assault. According to Prestia, Santos was trying to act out a scene from “The Fast and the Furious.” As presented by Officer, the lawyer said “It’s easy to get caught up in the sensationalism of the video that had gone viral at this point. My client’s behavior that day was stupid, to reenact a scene out of ‘The Fast and the Furious.’”

Santos has an open drug case from an October arrest in the Bronx, and was held on $100,000 bail at his arraignment in Manhattan Criminal Court.

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Shirley Gomez has been exposed to many aspects of the art world. Besides being a Fashion Journalist, she studied Fashion Styling and Fashion Styling for Men at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City, Interior Design at UNIBE and Fashion Design at ITSMJ Fashion School in the Dominican Republic. She worked as a Fashion Journalist, Fashion Stylist and Social Media Manager at one of the most recognized magazines in the Dominican Republic, Oh! Magazine, as an occasional Entertainment Journalist, of the prestigious newspaper “Listín Diario”, as well as a fashion collaborator of a radio show aired in 100.9 FM SuperQ. When Shirley is not writing you can find her listening Demi Lovato or Beyonce's songs, decorating her apartment or watching Family Feud.