New York City Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly
today announced the arrest of Roland Roberts for the August 27 attempted murder
of Captain Kenneth Girven in Harlem. Roberts, 22, was apprehended on Saturday,
September 6, at 8 a.m., outside his father's home at 20 Paladino Avenue in East
Harlem. He was then questioned at the 32 Precinct, and was subsequently arrested
on Sunday, September 7, at 5:30 p.m. He has been charged with attempted murder
in the first and second degree, criminal possession of a firearm, and criminal
use of a firearm.
"This arrest should send a clear message to anyone who would harm a New York
City Police Officer: You will never get away with it," said Commissioner Kelly.
"This Department will use all of its power and all of its resources to track you
down and bring you to justice."
Roberts, who lives at 801 Crotona Park North in the Bronx, was identified by
Captain Girven in a line-up as the man who shot him. Roberts admitted that he
was at the scene of the shooting, wearing a bullet-resistant vest and carrying a
firearm. In addition, Commissioner Kelly said police have also identified
several of Roberts' accomplices and that additional arrests are expected.
On Wednesday, August 27, just after midnight, Captain Girven was driving
alone in an unmarked car on West 154th Street when he noticed two men walking in
the street acting in a suspicious manner. Captain Girven got out of his car and
said, "Police - - what's up?" Roberts opened fire without saying a word. Captain
Girven heard three shots, and was struck by one bullet in his right side. He is
now at home recovering from his wounds.
Roberts, who was on probation until 2006, has an extensive criminal history
with eight arrests for charges including narcotics, menacing, and criminal
possession of a weapon. His most recent arrest was on July 6, 2003, in the 10th
Precinct, for grand larceny.