Gold Chain Was The Prize
By Joan Ward George
101 Precinct detectives closed the case on the August 8, 1999 attempted murder and robbery of Carmelo Arroyo last Friday when 15 year old Lionel Pickens, a second suspect in the crime, was taken into custody.
Pickens was arrested when he turned himself into police at the 101 Precinct on Friday, August 27. His alleged accomplice, Lebar Lopez, also 15, was arrested on August 20, after a two week long investigation.
According to police, both teens have been charged with murder 2, assault in the first degree, robbery 1, robbery 2. Pickens additionally is charged with criminal possession of a weapon.
The victim, Carmelo Arroyo, 57, of 114-15 Inwood street, South Ozone Park, was nearly killed when Pickens and Lopez allegedly attempted to forcibly rob him of his neck chains, shooting him in the abdomen during the scuffle. The shooting took place in front of a commercial building located at 1028 Beach 20 street. Arroyo was treated at the scene and transferred to St. John’s Hospital where he remains in critical condition.
Although Pickens and Lopez are teenagers, due to the serious nature of the crimes, they both will be tried as adults.