A career criminal who was caught on viral video hurling racial epithets at an Asian cop in Washington Square Park earlier this month was arrested by the feds Friday, according to sources and an FBI spokesperson.
Shermaine Laster, of Brooklyn, was nabbed at JFK Airport on an arrest warrant filed in the Northern District of Texas, charging him with being a felon in possession of a weapon, an FBI spokesperson said.
Laster, who will face the charge in Texas, was ordered detained during an initial court appearance in Brooklyn on Friday. He was set to make a new bail application Monday, according to a spokesman for the Brooklyn US Attorney’s Office.
The ex-con was busted after he allegedly posted photos of guns on Instagram, including one showing himself with a firearm at a shooting range in Texas, court documents said. Security footage from the shooting range confirmed his illicit visit, according to prosecutors.
Another ill-advised post depicted a “dark-colored handgun next to two remote controls on what appears to be a couch,” said the affidavit requesting his removal to the Northern District of Texas.
“Sitting watching TV smoking my cigar! I’m ready for WAR!!!!!,” read Laster’s alleged caption.
A third bone-headed picture of multiple guns allegedly posted by Laster read: “No games!!! Proud boys, KKK, skin heads, whitesupremacy I’m not playing absolutely NO GAMES with your kind!! I just wishMY ppl wake up and unify before it’s too late. (Black toys) good to fight in the dark!!,” the court doc stated.
The Brownsville resident made headlines earlier this month when he was caught on camera repeatedly calling Officer Philip Huynh a “c—k” while he and other cops tried to clear protesters from the Greenwich Village park.
“I’m on the sidewalk, what you gonna do?” Laster can be heard screaming at Huynh on the video. “What’s your name? You’re not even from this country. You piece of s–t. You f–king ch–k!”
Laster has 13 prior busts, including seven felonies, police sources told The Post. Four of his prior arrests were for weapons-related charges, the sources added.
The NYPD decried the incident as “disturbing,” in a statement released at the time.
“Each day, NYPD officers are expected to maintain a level of professionalism under an array of difficult circumstances. In this instance, an Asian police officer was subjected to an ugly onslaught of racial slurs and maintained his composure,” a spokeswoman said. “However, it is disturbing to see this type of language used against any Asian person in light of the disturbing increase of Asian hate crimes citywide.”