Fugitive Arraigned for Cold Case 1996 Murder After Extradition from the Dominican Republic

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Friday, November 19, 2021

 

Fugitive Arraigned for Cold Case 1996 Murder After
Extradition from the Dominican Republic

Allegedly Stabbed Victim on Bushwick Street After Argument Over a Woman and Subsequently Fled the Country

Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez, together with New York City Police Department Commissioner Dermot Shea, today announced that a 51-year-old man has been arraigned on a murder charge in connection with a 1996 fatal stabbing of a romantic rival in Bushwick. The defendant was extradited from his native Dominican Republic after being indicted in Brooklyn following a cold case investigation.

District Attorney Gonzalez said, “The charges in this case show that in Brooklyn, justice will not be denied, even when it is delayed. It took more than two decades to determine the whereabouts of this defendant, but once he was found, my office moved swiftly to charge him and bring him back to Brooklyn. I would like to thank the NYPD for never giving up on this investigation as well as the U.S. State and Justice Departments for assisting in the international extradition process.”

Commissioner Shea said, “This case – decades old and enhanced by a tip from the public – highlights the NYPD’s core value to never forget and never give up on crime victims and those in need. Working together, our NYPD detectives, law enforcement partners at home and abroad, and prosecutors of the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office, never wavered in their commitment to establish justice in this Cold Case, just as they do every day across every square mile of our great city.”

The District Attorney identified the defendant as Bienvenido Rodriguez, 51. He was arraigned today before Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Vincent Del Giudice on an indictment in which he is charged with second-degree murder. The defendant was ordered held without bail and to return to court on December 17, 2021. He faces a maximum sentence of 25 years to life in prison if convicted.

The District Attorney said that, according to the investigation, on July 17, 1996, at approximately 10:45 p.m., near 1438 Dekalb Avenue in Bushwick, Brooklyn, the defendant was confronted by Giovanni Malpica, 21, who accused the defendant of romantically seeing his girlfriend. Malpica then struck Rodriguez in the head with a boombox.

According to the investigation, Rodriguez then allegedly stabbed Malpica numerous times with a knife, killing him. Later that night, the defendant allegedly went to a hospital to treat a laceration to his head and falsely reported that he sustained a cut when falling from a bicycle. He subsequently fled the country.

The break in the case came in 2018 after the TV network Univision aired a piece about the homicide and asked for information about the suspect’s whereabouts. A tip came in, reporting that he resided in Chile. In November 2018, an NYPD detective and a Brooklyn prosecutor obtained a statement from the defendant in Chile in which he denied knowing both Malpica and their mutual love interest.

In September 2019, the defendant was deported from Chile to the Dominican Republic. He was arrested there last month in connection with the extradition request from Brooklyn and arrived in the United States yesterday.

The case was investigated by retired Detectives Jason Palamara and Evelin Gutierrez, of the NYPD Cold Case Squad as well as Detective Carlos Vasquez of the NYPD Cold Case Squad.

The case is being prosecuted by Senior Assistant District Attorney Andy Palacio, of the District Attorney’s Homicide Bureau, under the supervision of Assistant District Attorneys Timothy Gough, Homicide Bureau Chief, and Rachel Singer, Chief of the Cold Case and Forensic Science Unit.

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Woman Arraigned on Indictment for Shooting Death of Another Woman in Crown Heights

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Friday, November 19, 2021

 

Woman Arraigned on Indictment for Shooting Death of
Another Woman in Crown Heights

Defendant Allegedly Shot Victim in Head, Then Fled the Scene; Extradited from Florida

Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez today announced that a woman has been arraigned on an indictment in which she is charged with second-degree murder for fatally shooting Delia Johnson in the head at point blank range last August, killing her.

District Attorney Gonzalez said, “This was a cold-blooded execution of a woman who was a beloved mother, daughter, sister and friend, who did not deserve to have her life taken away from her. The defendant has now been apprehended and we will seek to bring her to justice for this senseless and tragic killing.”

The District Attorney identified the defendant as Claudia Banton, 42, of Allenwood, Georgia. She was arraigned today before Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Vincent Del Giudice on an indictment in which she is charged with second-degree murder and second-degree criminal possession of a weapon. The defendant was ordered held without bail and to return to court on January 26, 2022. She faces up to 25 years to life in prison if convicted of the top count.

The District Attorney said that, according to the investigation, on August 4, 2021, at approximately 9:40 p.m., the defendant allegedly approached Delia Johnson, 42, from behind as she chatted with a group of people in the vicinity of Franklin Avenue and Prospect Place in Crown Heights. The defendant allegedly shot Johnson in the head, and then shot her again as she fell to the ground. The defendant then allegedly fled in a vehicle that was double parked nearby.

The defendant was apprehended in Jacksonville, Florida, on November 8, 2021 by United States Marshals. She was returned to New York yesterday.

The case is being prosecuted by Senior Assistant District Attorney Lauren Silver, of the District Attorney’s Homicide Bureau, under the supervision of Assistant District Attorney Timothy Gough, Bureau Chief.

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Flatlands Man Indicted for Murder and Attempted Murder for ShootingTwo Men, One Fatally, During Argument at Brooklyn Barbeque

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Monday, November 8, 2021

 

Flatlands Man Indicted for Murder and Attempted Murder for Shooting
Two Men, One Fatally, During Argument at Brooklyn Barbeque

Defendant Fled the Scene, Was Arrested Months Later

Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez today announced that a Flatlands man has been arraigned on an indictment in which he is charged with murder, attempted murder, assault and other charges for the shooting death of one man and injuring another man during a backyard barbecue in East Flatbush last May.

District Attorney Gonzalez said, “It is alleged that a verbal dispute tragically escalated and caused this defendant to inexplicably pull out a handgun at a large gathering and shoot two people, one fatally, while endangering many others. We will now seek to bring him to justice for these alleged actions.”

The District Attorney identified the defendant as Kevin Phillips, 40, of Flatlands, Brooklyn. He was arraigned today before Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Vincent Del Guidice on an indictment in which he is charged with second-degree murder, second-degree attempted murder, second-degree assault, first-degree attempted assault, first-degree reckless endangerment and second-degree criminal possession of a weapon. The defendant was ordered held without bail and to return to court on February 8, 2022.

The District Attorney said that, according to the investigation, on May 17, 2021, at approximately 12:21 a.m., the defendant was at a barbecue in the rear yard of a house in East Flatbush when he bumped into a 31-year-old man. An argument between them and a third man, Miles Bobb-Semple, also 31, began and the defendant allegedly pulled out a gun and shot the two men.

Bobb-Semple suffered a gunshot wound to the chest and died at Kings County Hospital. The other victim sustained three gunshot wounds – one to each leg and a graze wound to the shoulder and was hospitalized.

The defendant fled the scene and was apprehended on October 4, 2021 in East Flatbush by a New York City Police Detective assigned to the Fugitive Apprehension Task Force.

The case is being prosecuted by Senior Assistant District Attorney Daniel M. Murphy of the District Attorney’s Homicide Bureau, under the supervision of Assistant District Attorney Timothy Gough, Homicide Bureau Chief.

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Study by the CUNY Institute for State & Local Governance Analyzes Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Brooklyn DA Office’s Prosecutorial Processes

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Thursday, October 28, 2021

 

Study by the CUNY Institute for State & Local Governance Analyzes Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Brooklyn DA Office’s Prosecutorial Processes

Attorney’s Office found fewer than expected racial disparities in outcomes; study looked at over three years of data to assess and improve ongoing reforms to ensure equal justice for all

Today, the CUNY Institute for State & Local Governance (ISLG) released the findings of a multi-year study analyzing racial and ethnic disparities in outcomes at key points in the Brooklyn District Attorney’s (DA’s) Office’s decision-making process. Conducted as part of the DA Eric Gonzalez’s Justice 2020 initiative with joint support from Arnold Ventures and the William T. Grant Foundation, the research presented in Justice in Decision-Making: Studying Racial & Ethnic Disparities in the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office found that while disparities existed at specific decision points and for certain crimes, outcomes were not universally worse for Black and Hispanic people, and better for white and Asian people, across all stages. These findings will be used to inform the creation and refining of data-driven, equity-focused prosecutorial processes and increase transparency at the office.

The findings—derived from data collected between 2016 and mid-2019—paint a nuanced and complex picture that assesses not only current policies and practices shaped by ongoing reforms within the office but also now-defunct practices that have since been phased out; system stakeholders outside the prosecutor’s authority; and broader root causes of racial inequity in America. After analyzing outcomes at every step from case acceptance to sentencing, ISLG found that while Black and Hispanic people were more likely to exit the system at various points than white people, those who stayed in the system had worse outcomes in various circumstances. Disparities were not pervasive across points, which may be attributed, at least in certain respects, to ongoing reform strategies advanced by the DA over the past several years. Evidence suggested that policy changes enacted by the DA may have lessened disparities in certain outcomes over time, providing useful information on what may and may not be working.

Looking specifically at each decision point, ISLG identified the following key findings after other demographic characteristics, criminal history, and case characteristics were accounted for:

  • Prosecutors were more likely to decline to prosecute cases involving Black and Hispanic people accused of crimes, though by very small margins. However, up until 2019, Black and Hispanic people were more likely than white people to have their cases accepted for prosecution for misdemeanor drug offenses, and especially for misdemeanor marijuana possession. Prosecutors were also more likely to dismiss cases with Black and Hispanic defendants at or following arraignment, and these differences were somewhat larger and more meaningful than those found at case acceptance.
  • Black and Hispanic people were less likely to have their top charge reduced and were more likely to experience detention post-arraignment—largely due to failure to make bail compared to white people.
  • When convicted, Black and Hispanic people were less likely to negotiate a plea to a lesser charge and, at least for misdemeanors, were slightly more likely to receive jail or prison sentences compared to white people. They were also more likely to receive custodial sentences for felony drug offenses.

The research presented in Justice in Decision-Making is a crucial first step towards developing a more holistic understanding of where racial and ethnic disparities exist in the Brooklyn DA’s processes, learning the factors and circumstances that appear to drive them, and outlining further areas of work to address them. The DA’s partnership with ISLG and broader commitment to transparency is a critical ingredient towards sustaining current efforts working to eliminate disparities and, ultimately, creating a more equitable criminal legal system. Using the findings from this analysis, the DA’s office will work to implement recommendations derived from ISLG’s work across three main areas related to Justice 2020s goals: continued monitoring and evaluation; additional decision-point and/or charge-specific policy and practice considerations; and expanded community and collaboration with other criminal legal system actors.

Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez said, “Transparency and accountability are bedrock principals of my Office and integral part of my Justice 2020 action plan. The comprehensive data analysis performed by ISLG is particularly instructive as we continuously strive to lessen racial inequities in the justice system because it points to areas of successful reforms and provides a roadmap to aspects that require additional efforts. I am grateful to Michael Jacobson and his team for their diligent work on this study, and remain committed to keep pushing for a fairer justice system that keeps our community safe while strengthening community trust. I hope that other prosecutorial agencies spend resources on learning about the outcomes of their decision-making processes and on how they can improve them.”

“We were very pleased to partner with the DA and his office on this important initiative,” said Michael Jacobson, Executive Director of the CUNY Institute for State & Local Governance. “Our report shows that over the past several years, the DA’s office has been able to offset some of the disparities affecting Black and Hispanic communities in Brooklyn. Given the important role that prosecutors play in the criminal legal system, there is great potential to build on these efforts to advance equal justice more broadly. By investing in data and analytics, and through his willingness to open his office up to this in-depth and objective analysis, DA Gonzalez is taking an important step towards transparency and accountability that can serve as a model for other offices across the nation.” “I commend DA Gonzalez and his staff for their willingness to open their data systems to scrutiny,” commented Adam Gamoran, President of the William T. Grant Foundation. “We know that at a national level our justice system often falls short of equal justice, and too many prosecutors hide behind impenetrable data to obscure unequal outcomes. The partnership between DA Gonzalez and ISLG is just the sort of bold initiative we need to pinpoint the problems at the local level, and to see whether progressive reforms will actually make a difference for reducing inequities while preserving public safety.”

“Prosecutors are one of the most powerful actors in the criminal justice system, and it is critical that their vast discretion be informed by data and evidence in order to ensure that their decision-making truly promotes justice and community safety,” said Jeremy Travis, Arnold Ventures Executive Vice President of Criminal Justice. “For too long, prosecutors have processed people through the criminal justice system without considering the consequences of their decisions, especially possible racial disparities in the exercise of prosecutorial discretion. This report helps to build the much-needed evidence base that can support a new model of evidence-based prosecution — one focused on best practices, transparency, and accountability.” The research aims to directly inform the DA’s office’s efforts to ensure safety and fairness in its own decision-making practices; however, it also has great national relevance during a time of increasing calls for action to eliminate racial inequities in the criminal legal system. As the gatekeepers to this system, prosecutors wield significant power and discretion across all stages. While strategies to eliminate disparities more broadly are often beyond the sole discretion of prosecutors, drawing on the influence they do have—particularly as it relates to racial and ethnic biases within their own processes and structures—can lead to positive change. Prosecutorial efforts may also fuel collaborations with other system actors to further reduce racial and ethnic disparities in criminal legal system outcomes.

Justice 2020 was launched as DA Gonzalez’s plan of action aimed at keeping Brooklyn safe and strengthening community trust by ensuring fairness and equal justice for all. It is made up of 17 specific recommendations that are being implemented to radically transform his Office into a model of a progressive prosecutorial agency in the 21st Century.

To read more information about the Justice 2020 Initiative, see here. For more in ISLG’s involvement with it, see here.

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About the CUNY Institute for State and Local Governance

The CUNY Institute for State and Local Governance (ISLG) is a good governance think-and-do tank. ISLG is driven by the idea that data-informed approaches can measurably improve the way government and public institutions operate, equitably serve all constituents, and ultimately solve social policy problems. It also provides the knowledge and action needed to fuel those approaches. With the necessary research, policies, partnerships, and infrastructures, ISLG helps government and public institutions work more effectively, efficiently, and in the interest of all communities.

About Arnold Ventures

Arnold Ventures is a philanthropy dedicated to tackling some of the most pressing problems in the United States. Driven by a mission to maximize opportunity and minimize injustice, it invests in sustainable change, building it from the ground up based on research, deep thinking, and a strong foundation of evidence. Arnold Ventures is headquartered in Houston, with offices in Washington, D.C., and New York City.

About the William T. Grant Foundation

The William T. Grant Foundation invests in high-quality research focused on reducing inequality in youth outcomes and improving the use of research evidence in decisions that affect young people in the United States. Although there is mounting research evidence about the scope, causes, and consequences of inequality in the United States, we need stronger bodies of knowledge on ways to reduce it. To address this complex challenge, the foundation supports research from a range of disciplines and methodologies, and encourages investigations into various systems, including justice, housing, child welfare, mental health, and education.

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Man Convicted of Strangulation and Assault as Hate Crimes forAttack on Jewish Man Who was Walking from Synagogue

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Wednesday, October 27, 2021

 

Man Convicted of Strangulation and Assault as Hate Crimes for
Attack on Jewish Man Who was Walking from Synagogue

Shouted Anti-Semitic Slurs Before and After Assault

Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez today announced that a man has been convicted of charges of strangulation and assault as hate crimes and other offenses for the unprovoked attack against a Jewish man, whom he cursed and strangled as the victim was walking home from a synagogue.

District Attorney Gonzalez said, “Today’s verdict speaks to Brooklyn’s resolve to combatting and rooting out hate from our communities. The defendant has been brought to justice for this senseless, disturbing and hateful crime against a man simply walking home from his synagogue. Brooklyn’s strength is in its diversity and I remain committed to vigorously prosecuting bias-motivated violence.”

The District Attorney identified the defendant as James Vincent, 44. He was convicted yesterday of attempted first-degree strangulation as a hate crime, second-degree strangulation as a hate crime, attempted second-degree assault as a hate crime, third-degree assault as a hate crime, and fourth-degree criminal mischief following a jury trial before Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Donald Leo. The defendant faces up to 15 years in prison when he is sentenced on December 13, 2021.

The District Attorney said that, according to the evidence, on April 21, 2018, at approximately 1 p.m., the victim, a 52-year-old Jewish man, was walking home from his synagogue after Sabbath prayers. He walked past the defendant in the vicinity of Rutland Road and East 46th Street in East Flatbush, when the defendant allegedly yelled, “You #$%& Jew, you Jews took my house and mortgage.” The victim continued walking.

The defendant then ran up to the victim from behind, placed his hands on his neck and applied pressure, according to the evidence. He then punched the victim in the head and body, put his arms around the victim’s head and applied pressure. Two bystanders intervened and the defendant continued to yell epithets regarding the victim’s religion as the victim picked up his yarmulke and kippah. The defendant then fled.

The victim suffered various injuries to the head and body.

Several surveillance videos from the area helped to identify the defendant and the investigation revealed that he purchased ice cream in a nearby store using a card bearing his name. He was arrested on April 27, 2018.

The case was investigated by now retired Detective Kenneth O’Donnell, of the NYPD’s Hate Crimes Task Force, under the supervision of Sergeant Charles A. Senat.

The case was prosecuted by Senior Assistant District Attorney Adriana Rodriguez, of the District Attorney’s Hate Crimes Bureau and Assistant District Attorney Kelli M. Muse, Chief of the Hate Crimes Bureau.

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Brooklyn Man Indicted for Vehicular Manslaughter and Leaving the Scene for Fatal Hit and Run Crash

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Wednesday, October 27, 2021

 

Brooklyn Man Indicted for Vehicular Manslaughter and
Leaving the Scene for Fatal Hit and Run Crash

Allegedly Drove Drunk and Struck Pedestrian in Crosswalk, Left the Scene and
Destroyed Evidence by Repairing Vehicle’s Windshield and Body

Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez today announced that a Brooklyn man has been indicted for reckless manslaughter, vehicular manslaughter, leaving the scene of an incident without reporting, and driving while intoxicated, tampering with evidence and additional charges in connection with a fatal hit and run collision that killed a 47-year-old man from Staten Island in 2019.

District Attorney Gonzalez said, “An extensive and lengthy investigation into this tragic crash revealed the extent of this defendant’s illegal actions. He allegedly drove drunk, fatally struck a man crossing a Brooklyn road, drove away without stopping or offering help and then disposed of evidence and covered up damage to his car. We will now seek to hold him accountable for this dangerous and criminal conduct. My Street Safety Bureau continues to fully investigate all cases of vehicular violence to provide justice to victims and to help improve safety on our roadways.”

The District Attorney identified the defendant as Ramsaran Mahabeersingh, 57, of Cypress Hills, Brooklyn. He was arraigned today by Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Donald Leo on an 18-count indictment in which he is charged with second-degree manslaughter, second-degree vehicular manslaughter, leaving the scene of an incident, driving while intoxicated, tampering with evidence and related charges. He faces up to 15 years in prison if convicted of the top count. Bail was set at $500,000 cash or $1,000,000 bond and he was ordered to return to court on November 18, 2021.

The District Attorney said that on September 22, 2019, the defendant left a bar he owns, Cross Bay Sports Bar in Ozone Park, while allegedly drunk, according to multiple witnesses. He entered a black 2009 Nissan Murano and drove it home. At approximately 3:13 a.m., the defendant allegedly struck the victim, 47-year-old Antonio Gonzalez, of Staten Island, as he started to cross North Conduit Boulevard near Crescent Street in Cypress Hills. The victim, a married father of three who worked as a maintenance worker in Manhattan, died at the scene.

A series of videos captured the defendant entering his vehicle and driving it to the location of the crash, going approximately 45 mph in a 30-mph zone, and then towards his home. He then struck another vehicle and a piece of his car fell off and was later recovered. Two days later, the defendant was observed throwing car paint and boxes of car parts into the garbage. The investigation further revealed that a repairman replaced the Murano’s windshield in the defendant’s driveway and that the windshield had damage consistent with striking a person and contained traces of the victim’s DNA. Finally, the vehicle allegedly underwent recent body work, according to the evidence.

The case was investigated by Detective Konstantin Genin of the NYPD Collision Investigation Squad.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Jacob Uriel, Deputy Unit Chief the District Attorney’s Street Safety Bureau, under the supervision of Assistant District Attorney Craig Esswein, Bureau Chief.

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Monday, October 25, 2021

 

Brooklyn Man Sentenced to 15 Years in
Prison for Killing His Brother

Shot Victim Through Bedroom Door Inside Shared Apartment

Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez today announced that a Brooklyn man has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for fatally shooting his own brother inside their shared apartment in East New York, Brooklyn.

District Attorney Gonzalez said, “This is a senseless and tragic case that destroyed a family – one brother is dead, and another is behind bars. The defendant admitted his guilt and will now have to live with the consequences of this terrible decision.”

The District Attorney identified the defendant as Jahmorley Gayle, 36, of East New York, Brooklyn. He was sentenced today by Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Vincent DelGiudice to 15 years in prison and five years’ post release supervision following his guilty plea to first-degree manslaughter in September.

The District Attorney said that, according to the evidence, on April 22, 2018, at approximately 11:45 a.m., the defendant called 911 and initially told responding officers that someone killed his brother, Jahimel Gayle, 37, inside their East New York apartment. The victim’s lifeless body was found wedged against the bedroom door, which had a head-level bullet hole. He suffered a fatal wound to his neck.

Officers found a gun in the kitchen cabinet, which matched the ballistic evidence and contained the defendant’s DNA on the trigger and trigger guard. Despite the defendant’s initial claim that another person committed the murder, video surveillance showed that no one entered the apartment at the time of the crime and outer windows of the apartment were secured with bars. The defendant later made a statement admitting to killing his brother.

A forensic psychiatrist contradicted the defense claim that the defendant suffered from acute delusional disorder at the time of the murder and concluded that his actions stemmed from heavy cocaine use that led to cocaine induced psychotic disorder.

The case was prosecuted by Senior Assistant District Attorney Robert Schwartz, of the District Attorney’s Homicide Bureau, under the supervision of Assistant District Attorney Timothy Gough, Bureau Chief.

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Two Brooklyn Men Indicted for Attempted Murder as a Hate Crime For Alleged Unprovoked Anti-Gay Attack

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Friday, October 22, 2021

 

Two Brooklyn Men Indicted for Attempted Murder as a Hate Crime
For Alleged Unprovoked Anti-Gay Attack

Victims Were Shopping in Bodega when Defendants Allegedly Shouted Homophobic Slurs,
Violently Attacked and Stabbed Each of the Two Victims

Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez today announced that two men have been indicted for attempted murder as a hate crime and other charges in connection with an alleged anti-gay attack against two men at a Bushwick bodega. Both victims were assaulted and stabbed and suffered numerous injuries, including collapsed lungs.

District Attorney Gonzalez said, “The two victims in this case suffered serious and life-threatening injuries in a completely unprovoked attack. The defendants’ actions were particularly egregious as they allegedly attacked two innocent people because they believed them to be gay. No one should be targeted because of their race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, or religion. We must all be able to safely walk the streets of our city without fear of being senselessly attacked.”

The District Attorney identified the defendants as Christopher Clemente, 37, of Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, and Jonathan Carter, 31, of Ocean Hill, Brooklyn. Carter was arraigned today before Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Danny Chun on a 26-count indictment in which both are variously charged with second-degree attempted murder as a hate crime, second-degree attempted murder, first-degree attempted assault as a hate crime, first-degree attempted assault, second-degree assault as a hate crime, and related charges. His bail was set at $10,000 and he was ordered to return to court on December 10, 2021. Clemente, who’s being held on $150,000 cash bail or $100,000 bond, will be arraigned next week.

The District Attorney said that, according to the investigation, at approximately 2:10 a.m., on September 4, 2021, inside of a bodega located at 1559 Broadway in Bushwick, the victims, a 36-year-old man and a 29-year-old man, were waiting for food when the defendants both made a series of homophobic slurs directed at the victims.

Clemente then allegedly repeatedly punched the 36-year-old man in the face and Carter then allegedly repeatedly struck him about the head and body with a glass liquor bottle, causing him to fall to the floor. Furthermore, it is alleged, Clemente then repeatedly stabbed the 36-year-old in the head and body.

Finally, it is alleged, Clemente and an unapprehended man chased after the 29-year-old victim, grabbing him, and Clemente repeatedly stabbed the younger man while making homophobic slurs.

The older victim suffered multiple stab wounds to his body, including head, buttocks and lung, causing a collapsed left lung.

The younger victim suffered multiple stab wounds to his body, including neck and lungs, causing both lungs to collapse.

The case is being prosecuted by Senior Assistant District Attorney Samantha Perlstein, of the District Attorney’s Hate Crimes Bureau, under the supervision of Assistant District Attorney Kelli M. Muse, Bureau Chief.

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East New York Man Indicted for Carjacking 73-Year-old Woman In Mill Basin, Punching Victim and Dragging Her from Vehicle

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Friday, October 15, 2021

 

East New York Man Indicted for Carjacking 73-Year-old Woman
In Mill Basin, Punching Victim and Dragging Her from Vehicle

Defendant Allegedly Took Off in Victim’s Honda Civic with Therapy Dog in Car

Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez today announced that a Brooklyn man has been arraigned on an indictment in which he is charged with robbery, assault, grand larceny and other charges for allegedly carjacking a woman as she sat in her car with her therapy dog, dragging her from the car before stealing it.

District Attorney Gonzalez said, “Thankfully this woman and her beloved dog were reunited following their frightening alleged encounter with the defendant. Luckily, the victim did not sustain more serious injuries, despite allegedly being brutally dragged from her car.”

The District Attorney identified the defendant as Kamani Romain, 21, of East New York, Brooklyn. He was arraigned today by Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Matthew Sciarrino on a 12-count indictment in which he is charged with second- and third-degree robbery, second-degree assault, third-degree criminal possession of stolen property, third-degree attempted robbery, fourth-degree grand larceny, and other related charges. He was ordered to return to court on November 23, 2021.

The District Attorney said that, according to the investigation, on June 6, 2021, at about 1:15 p.m., the defendant allegedly approached a 73-year-old woman while she was sitting in her Honda Civic in the vicinity of Mill Avenue in Mill Basin, Brooklyn. The defendant allegedly punched the woman, dragged her from the driver’s seat, and drove off with her car. Her credit card, identification card and therapy dog Luna, a toy poodle, were inside of the car.

The victim suffered swelling to her head and lacerations to her knees and hands. She was taken to Brookdale Hospital, where she was treated and released.

Furthermore, it is alleged, on June 10, 2021, at approximately 6:30 a.m., on Berry Street, in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, the victim’s vehicle was recovered. A cigarette butt, a water bottle and an iPhone were recovered from inside the vehicle. According to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, the defendant’s DNA was recovered from the items.

On June 13, 2021, the victim’s dog, Luna, was found in the vicinity of Utica Avenue and Linden Boulevard in East Flatbush by a good Samaritan.

The case is being prosecuted by Senior Assistant District Attorney Evan Hannay and Assistant District Attorney Christopher Rainwater of the District Attorney’s Red Zone Trial Bureau, under the supervision of Assistant District Attorney Karla Watson, Bureau Chief.

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Driver Charged with Assault and Reckless Manslaughter for Allegedly Striking 3-Month-Old Baby and Her Mother While Driving the Wrong Way

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Thursday, October 14, 2021

 

Driver Charged with Assault and Reckless Manslaughter for Allegedly Striking 3-Month-Old Baby and Her Mother While Driving the Wrong Way

Crashed into Vehicle, Causing Both Cars to Enter Crosswalk and Strike Stroller, Killing Baby and Seriously Wounding Her Mom, Then Allegedly Attempted to Highjack Another Car

Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez today announced that a Brooklyn man has been charged with first-degree assault, second-degree manslaughter and numerous other charges in connection with a car crash that was caused when he allegedly drove against traffic on a one-way street and collided with another vehicle, striking a family that was crossing the street with a stroller. A baby, 3-month-old Apolline Mong Guillemin, died and her mother sustained serious injuries.

District Attorney Gonzalez said, “This defendant allegedly drove in a shockingly reckless and criminal manner and destroyed a family in a matter of seconds. A young baby lost her life and her mother suffered life-altering injuries in a case of vehicular violence that simply cannot be tolerated. We intend to now seek justice for little Apolline and will continue to aggressively prosecute unlawful drivers who show disregard for the rules of the road and for the lives of everyone using Brooklyn’s streets.”

The District Attorney identified the defendant as Tyrik Mott, 29, of Prospect Heights, Brooklyn. He was arraigned today by Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Danny Chun on a 22-count indictment in which he is charged with first- and second-degree assault, second-degree manslaughter, leaving the scene of an incident, reckless endangerment, and related charges. He faces up to 25 years in prison if convicted of the top count. Bail was set at $150,000 cash or $350,000 bond and he was ordered to return to court on November 30, 2021.

The District Attorney said that, according to the investigation, on September 11, 2021 at approximately 6 p.m., the defendant allegedly drove a Honda Civic eastbound on a portion of Gates Avenue that is a westbound one-way street. He entered the intersection at Vanderbilt Avenue, a two-way street, and collided with another Honda Civic driving north with the light. The two cars then struck a couple crossing Gates Avenue inside the crosswalk with a stroller.

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