1999-10-02 / Front Page

Star Athletes Arrested

Confess To Carjack, Shooting

By Joan Ward George

Two Rockaway teens, Catholic High School star athletes, have confessed to robbing and shooting a 39 year old Far Rockaway man that occurred during a carjacking on August 25 on Beach 66 street and Decosta avenue. The incident began in broad daylight in the parking lot of the Resort Nursing Home, located at 430 Beach 68 street.

The two teens, who will be treated as adults for the crimes they have confessed to, are Markus Fyall, 16, of 439 Beach 54 street and Lakim Luster, 17, of 67-03 Beach Channel drive. They were arrested over the weekend and charged with attempted murder and robbery.

According to police, the victim of the carjacking, whose name is being withheld by police, was approached from behind in the nursing home parking lot by the two teens (who held him up by gun point before entering his car). Police told The Wave that the perps made their victim drive to Decosta avenue and, while enroute, shot him once behind the ear. The victim, reportedly, then lost control of his vehicle and crashed into the property in front of 644 Beach 66 street, at which time the perps fled the scene on foot.

Police say that the victim was "very lucky", in as much as his wound was small, having been inflicted by a .25 caliber bullet.

Last Friday a person known to the 100 Precinct was driving around the Far Rockaway area at approximately 6 p.m. when he spotted Fyall near Beach 20 street. According to police, he flagged down a patrol car and identified Fyall as one of the perps being sought in connection with the August 25 carjacking incident. Police officers Wendell Williams and Tracy Williams, of the 101 Precinct, took Fyall into custody and transported him to the 100 Precinct where he was identified in a line up and booked for attempted murder and robbery by Detective Ed Keevan.

The investigation led Detective Keevan to Luster who was picked up during half time of Bishop Loughlin’s Saturday night football game against St. Anthony’s in Huntington, Long Island. He was taken into custody while still in uniform and was identified in a line-up at the 100 Precinct Saturday night and arrested on the same charges as Fyall.

Police sources report that both teens have confessed.

Luster remains in custody. According to the Queens District Attorney’s office, he has been arraigned and is currently awaiting a October 12 date in criminal court.

Fyall, according to the D.A.’s office, has been remanded to the custody of his family and is scheduled to appear in court on October 8.

Fyall starred as a starting 6’6" forward for Bishop Loughlin High School, in Brooklyn. Luster, also a junior, had just began his football season as a tailback for Christ the King High School. He was his school’s top rusher as a sophomore. Both young men were reported to be looking toward continuing their athletic careers in college.

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