A knife-wielding man from Westchester who tried to stab law enforcement officials attempting to apprehend him on an active warrant has been charged with attempted murder, according to the United States Attorney’s Office.
Yonkers resident Michael Cabon, 29, has been arrested and charged for attempting to murder a federal law enforcement officer in White Plains federal court.
It is alleged that on Friday, Oct. 19, a joint investigation between the U.S. Marshals Regional Fugitive Task Force and local law enforcement attempted to arrest Cabon on a bench warrant that was issued by a Yonkers City Court judge for a previous offense.
United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York Geoffrey Berman said that when investigators attempted to arrest him, Cabon wielded knives in both hands and attempted to stab arresting officers, including a Special Deputy United States Marshal, who suffered a stab wound in the process. The Marshal was rushed to an area hospital for treatment and ultimately survived.
“Every officer knows the risks and dangers inherent to law enforcement work but still goes out every day into the world to do the complex and difficult job of keeping us safe,” Yonkers Police Commissioner John Mueller said. “When an officer is assaulted, it is an attack upon our community, our residents, our society, and will be met with swift justice.
"I am grateful and relieved that the victim will recover and extremely proud of him and the officers at the scene; despite being faced with deadly force, they took the defendant into custody and delivered him into the criminal justice system where he must now answer for his acts.”
Cabon has been charged with one count of attempting to murder a federal officer and one count of using a deadly weapon to interfere with the performance of a federal officer’s official duties. Each count carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison.
United States Marshal Michael Greco said, “this incident involving members of the U.S. Marshals NY/NJ Regional Fugitive Task Force, highlights the inherent dangers often facing our deputies and task force officers in the performance of their duties.
"Nevertheless, these courageous and dedicated law enforcement officers continue to uphold their sworn duty in the pursuit of justice without hesitation.”
“People in this country break the law every day, and as law enforcement, we are charged with investigating those crimes and holding those criminals accountable,” FBI Assistant Director William Sweeney, Jr., said. “We assume the physical risks when carrying out court-ordered actions, but no one should lose their lives while those actions take place.
"I’m relieved this situation did not turn deadly which is a credit to the professionalism of the arresting officers and agents who were on the scene.”
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