A career criminal who’s accused of causing the friendly fire death of an NYPD cop — by robbing a cellphone store with a fake gun — stunned a packed courtroom on Wednesday when he asked the judge for a “ride home.”
”I had nothing to do with any of the incident that I’m here for today. I had nothing to do with it. Can you just give me a ride home? Or call me a cab? I had nothing to do with this,” Christopher Ransom said during an appearance in Queens Supreme Court.
But instead of a chauffeured drive, Ransom got a stern warning from Justice Kenneth Holder.
“If you say another word. I’m putting you in the back, it’s as simple as that. You’re doing a great disservice. You have three lawyers,” Holder fumed.
Ransom’s outrageous request followed an extended back-and-forth that began when he interrupted a pretrial hearing to say “Your honor, I want to make a statement.”
Although Holder repeatedly told Ransom that “I don’t want to hear what you have to say,” the defendant — who’s being held without bail in the fatal shooting of Det. Brian Simonsen — wouldn’t shut up until he spoke his mind.
The bizarre incident marked the second time Ransom, 27, tested the judge’s patience in a courtroom filled with nearly 100 cops.
Earlier, he and co-defendant Jagger Freeman, 25, delayed the proceeding for more than half an hour while they changed out of their jail duds and into a charcoal suit for Ransom and khakis and a white shirt for Freeman.
“It took 40 minutes to come out here,” Holder said.
“I don’t know if it’s a function of clothing, but I’m going to mark this for trial, so that when they come from Rikers or whatever facility they’re at, they’ll already be dressed. Taking 40 minutes to get dressed is absurd.”
Ransom and Freeman are both charged with second-degree murder and related crimes in the Feb. 12 hold-up that ended in Simonsen’s death.
Authorities have said Simonsen was accidentally shot by a fellow officer when Ransom pointed a fake gun at cops who responded to the robbery of the T-Mobile store at 120th Street and Atlantic Avenue in Richmond Hill.
Ransom has a rap sheet listing more than two dozen arrests, and a history of bizarre behavior that includes lying about being a college student so he could land an internship in Brooklyn Supreme Court, where he was later slapped with restraining orders to stay away from two judges.