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Queens mechanic says he confronted man accused of murdering FDNY EMS Lt. Alison Russo after seeing bloody knife

NEW YORK — For the primary time, we’re listening to from the man who got here nose to nose with the man accused of murdering FDNY EMT Lt. Alison Russo

The mechanic who confronted the suspect after seeing his bloody knife shared his story Monday with CBS2’s Tim McNicholas. 

A rising tribute to Russo sits simply steps away from Peppy’s Auto Repair. Janki Oomraw, the store’s proprietor, mentioned he nonetheless has bother sleeping as a result of of what he witnessed. 

“I got vision of it all night, every day,” mentioned Oomraw. 

Oomraw was working in his store on Sept. 29 when he heard somebody yelling. He appeared exterior and noticed a man on a scooter. 

“He was yelling ‘Hey, somebody’s getting stabbed or killed!'” mentioned Oomraw. 

Then, Oomraw noticed the suspect, Peter Zisopoulos, operating after the scooter-rider with a knife. It’s proven in a surveillance picture from the restore store. 

The man on the scooter, Jimmy Orsaris, recounted that terrifying second with CBS2 the day after the assault

“Obviously I take off. I mean, I have a knife on me too, but what, am I going to have a knife battle with this guy? This guy wasn’t … he wasn’t there,” mentioned Orsaris. 

Additional surveillance pictures present what occurred subsequent – the second Oomraw stepped exterior and confronted Zisopoulos. 

“I saw the blood on his hand and a knife in his hand. And I asked him, I said, ‘Hey, what the f*** did you do bro?'” mentioned Oomraw. “And he just ignored me and just keep on walking. And after that, I follow him to see where he’s going.” 

Oomraw, as he adopted Zisopoulos down the road, mentioned he found Russo wounded on the bottom. He might inform by her garments she was an EMT. 

“I said ‘Wait, wait. I’m gonna get help.’ That’s when I went after him,” mentioned Oomraw. “He actually walked very fast and he went into the building next to me and went upstairs.” 

Oomraw mentioned he noticed somebody he knew, shouted for them to name 911 and ran to the close by EMS station to allow them to know their coworker was attacked. 

They rushed to the scene and did every little thing they might to attempt to save Russo’s life. 

“Every day I gotta picture it in my head. And I gotta live with it,” mentioned Oomraw. 

Sources mentioned Zisopoulos is present process psychological well being evaluations at a hospital. There’s not been phrase on when he’ll be in court docket to face costs of homicide and prison possession of a weapon. 

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