Sought In Death Of N.y. Officer, Man Arrested In Phila.

Posted: May 17, 1988

A Brooklyn, N.Y., man wanted for questioning in the fatal shooting last month of a New York Housing Authority police officer was roused from sleep early yesterday at his girlfriend's West Oak Lane apartment and charged with being a parole violator.

Apparently betrayed by an associate who gave investigators a phone number leading to the Philadelphia address, Johnny Ray Robinson, 28, of the Brownsville section of Brooklyn, was arrested at 5:30 a.m. in an apartment in the 7100 block of Ogontz Avenue.

A $50,000 reward has been posted for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person who shot and killed Officer Anthony O. McLean, 27, on April 13.

Robinson was charged with being a fugitive from another jurisdiction and was being held at the Police Administration Building, awaiting an arraignment.

In 1980, Robinson was convicted of manslaughter in New York for the 1979 shotgun slaying of a Brooklyn man. He was paroled in 1984.

According to police, he had been living in Philadelphia for about a week with his 25-year-old girlfriend. Her name was not released, and she has not been charged.

Police said that Robinson struggled briefly when he was found by New York police detectives and Philadelphia homicide detectives. He was taken to Albert Einstein Medical Center, Northern Division, where he received four stitches for a cut on the head.

Robinson, an unemployed construction worker and alleged low-level heroin dealer, was wanted for questioning about the killing of McLean, who was shot once in the chest while searching a dark stairwell in a Brownsville housing project for a missing 10-year-old girl.

She later was found to be staying with a family friend.

Police believe that McLean interrupted a drug dispute on a first-floor landing of the 16-story project building shortly before 2 a.m. McLean was wearing a bulletproof vest, but the bullet hit him in a small area not covered by the vest.

A three-year veteran of the housing authority police force, McLean had been commended in writing by his superiors four times and was to have been married in July.

He was the 14th housing officer killed in the line of duty since the force was established 36 years ago. "He was a really good guy, an outstanding officer," John Henry, chief of the housing authority police, said yesterday.

Altogether, $50,000 in reward money has been raised for the capture and conviction of McLean's killer, including contributions from the housing authority, the housing authority police, the City of New York and an organization called Cop-Shot.

Founded in 1984 by Edward Arrigoni, owner of New York Bus Service, Cop-Shot has 25 members - all New York City business executives - who pay $1,000 annual dues and whatever else is necessary to put up an automatic $10,000 reward when a New York police officer of any kind is shot. Arrigoni said yesterday that three rewards had been paid out so far and seven were pending, including the one for McLean's death.

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