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Felon Charged With Trying To Burn Down NYPD Precinct Stationhouse

Staten Island, NY – A Brooklyn woman has been arrested for allegedly recording video footage inside a New York Police station, then going back later to attempt to burn the building down while threatening to assault an officer.

The suspect, 39-year-old Yasmeya Mehmeti, is the wife of Enver Mehmeti, who is currently serving a 27-year federal prison sentence for leading a violent crew that distributed massive quantities of powder and crack cocaine in New Jersey and New Springville, the Staten Island Advance reported.

She also goes by the alias of Yasmeya Weeks-Meheti, according to police.

Yasmeya Mehmeti received a 15-month federal prison sentence in connection with the drug distribution case, followed by three years of post-release supervision, the Staten Island Advance reported.

Investigators said Yasmeya Mehmeti showed up at the New York Police Department (NYPD) 120th Precinct stationhouse located at 78 Richmond Terrace at approximately 8:30 p.m. on May 28 and began filming inside the building, despite signage advising that recording is prohibited, according to court documents.

Police repeatedly told her that filming inside the precinct was not allowed and that she would be removed if she didn’t stop, but she was allegedly undeterred, the Staten Island Advance reported.

“I’m not leaving,” she told them, according to court documents. “Arrest me.”

Yasmeya Mehmeti allegedly began fighting with the officers when they moved in to place her in custody, to include spitting at them and kicking her legs, the Staten Island Advance reported.

She was ultimately arrested on charges of criminal trespass, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct, and obstructing governmental administration.

Police said the same suspect showed up back at the precinct at about 4:55 p.m. on May 30, the Staten Island Advance reported.

This time, she “intentionally attempted to set a building on fire with people present,” according to court documents.

A witness said they saw the suspect holding a lighter to a garbage bag near the front door of the building, the Staten Island Advance reported.

When officers came out to apprehend Yasmeya Mehmeti, she allegedly lit the lighter and threatened to assault one of them.

“I will beat the s—t out of you!” she said, according to court documents. “I know where you live.”

Officers ultimately apprehended Yasmeya Mehmeti and arrested her on charges of resisting arrest, attempted arson, attempted criminal mischief and harassment, and obstruction of governmental administration, the Staten Island Advance reported.

She has been remanded to Rikers Island and a judge ordered her to complete a psychiatric exam.

Yasmeya Mehmeti’s next court hearing is scheduled for June 21, the Staten Island Advance reported.

According to court documents, the suspect has a history of violent behavior against government figures.

She allegedly made posts on social media in 2021 threatening to murder a federal prosecutor who worked on her husband’s case.

“I want [JANE DOE 2], [JANE DOE 3] & this corrupted b—h [JANE DOE 1] to lose their jobs or else I will Str8 murder [JANE DOE 1] of the Eastern District of New York in Brooklyn,” one post allegedly read. “I play chess with your f—–g heads on the concrete floor in a Staten Island basement some damn where.”

Yasmeya Mehmeti also allegedly made vague threats regarding the imprisonment of her brother, Pearlie Johnson, who was sentenced to more than 16 years in prison on gun charges back in 2008, the Staten Island Advance reported.

Johnson ended up racking up a second prison sentence after he stabbed someone while in custody.

“I want immediate release for my brother, it’s definitely not a want in all actuality it’s a motherf****** need!” Yasmeya Mehmeti allegedly wrote, according to police. “I will go to old ways & habits! Don’t F— with me!”

The status of the 2021 case is unclear.

Written by
Holly Matkin

Holly is a former probation and parole officer who is married to a sheriff’s deputy. She is a regular contributor to Signature Montana magazine, and has written feature articles for Distinctly Montana magazine.

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