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Police Arrest 2nd Suspect In Shooting Of Officers At Diner

November 25, 1986

NEW YORK (AP) _ A man with a gunshot wound to the chest was arrested at his home today and charged with attempted murder in connection with the wounding of two police officers during a shoot-out at a diner.

Police arrested Cedrick Hamilton, 26, without a struggle at his home in the Bronx, said Lt. Ed LeSchack. Hamilton was charged with attempted murder, robbery, unlawful imprisonment and weapons violations, LeSchack said.

He was taken to Elmhurst General Hospital, where a nursing administrator who would not give her name said he appeared to be in fair condition.

Another man wounded during the shoot-out early Monday was arrested at the diner. That suspect, identified by police as Glen Graham, 25, was in critical condition after surgery at Elmhurst Hospital for multiple gunshot injuries, said Eileen Hinrichs of the hospital staff.

The officers were shot when they walked into the diner during a robbery. William Luongo, 33, and William J. Moran, 25, were listed in critical but stable condition at Jamaica Hospital. Hospital spokesman Fred Sganga said the outlook for both was excellent.

The suspect who got away after the shoot-out stole a car at gunpoint and then hijacked a bread truck, leading to the unlawful imprisonment charge against Hamilton, LeSchack said.

Police said about 40 New York City and Port Authority detectives worked on tracking the suspect, but they did not specify what clues led them to Hamilton’s apartment.

Detective Lt. Michael McAuliffe said that Hamilton surrendered without a struggle at 2:45 a.m. With him at the time were his common-law wife and four children, McAuliffe said.

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