1999-12-04 / Front Page


'Bumpy' Apprehended
Robinson Turns Himself In

By Joan Ward George

Kindu Brown, half of the ‘Bumpy’, ‘Joker’ duo who were featured on the front page of the Wave last week for their alleged part in a series of drug-related assaults and homicides in Rockaway and North Carolina, was apprehended last Wednesday by anti-crime officers of the 101 Precinct. According to 101 Precinct Commanding Officer Michael Morley, an anonymous tip to his precinct resulted in the anti-crime unit staking out a Far Rockaway address where Brown had been seen earlier in the day. Brown, also known as Antoine Griffith, was arrested in the hallway of the apartments at 22-40 Mott avenue, Far Rockaway shortly after midnight last Tuesday by 101 Precinct Anti-Crime Officers Naus, Griffith and Schmalerburger.

Brown was subsequently transported to the 100 Precinct and charged with robbery 1. He is alleged to have robbed someone at gun point at Beach 81 street and Beach Channel drive, within the confines of the 100 Precinct several months ago. According to a spokesperson from the Queens District Attorney’s office, other outstanding warrants on Brown resulted in him being booked on additional charges of criminal sale of controlled substances, criminal possession of controlled substances, and criminal possession of a weapon,

According to police at both precincts, The Wave’s many articles on Brown resulted in numerous calls to the precincts as well as the CRIMESTOPPERS Hotline.

As The Wave went to press Thursday, the district attorney’s office confirmed that Brown had already been arraigned and was in custody, being held without bail. "The defendant is a persistent felon who has disrupted the Rockaway community with his criminal activity," said D.A. Brown in a statement to The Wave Thursday. "The charges against him are serious and we will make every effort to see to it that he spends a long time in prison."

Rockaway police believe Brown to be a sidekick of Javon "Joker" Capers, another "Most Wanted" fugitive from justice who is wanted in connection with the shooting of two teenage boys in the Edgemere area of the 101 Precinct in March. According to police, the teens were standing in front of 440 Beach 54 street when they were shot. He is also most recently the suspect in the September shooting of an man in front of the Redfern housing complex on Beach Channel drive in Far Rockaway. According to police, Capers was positively identified by witnesses as the shooter in the September incident.

Capers, thought by police to be the ringleader of the two, is assumed to have fled to Shelby, North Carolina with Brown after the September shooting.

While in Shelby, visiting with a girl friend and "on the lam" from the Rockaway police, Capers is believed to have started up his own drug operation. Shelby police told The Wave Tuesday that Capers has been positively identified in at least one homicide there resulting from turf problems with other drug dealers on the scene long before Capers arrived on the scene. He is the suspect in several other drug-related shootings in Shelby.

Lt. David Lail, with the Shelby Police Department, told The Wave that he had already processed extradition papers for Brown to be transported to Shelby and that the papers were in the hand of his attorney general. Brown is wanted in Shelby on a felonious assault charge. However, it is apparent that Shelby police are more interested in Brown to interrogate him relative to Capers whereabouts and in gathering more details on crimes that the two were involved in while living there. It is highly unlikely, however, that the Queens D.A. will agree to extradition prior to Brown being tried in New York for the crimes he allegedly perpetrated on the streets of Rockaway.

Capers was a featured "Most Wanted" on America’s Most Wanted last Saturday evening. However, he still remains at large as, according to Captain Morley, he has been seen in Rockaway and Brooklyn over the past several weeks.

In a separate "Most Wanted" related incident Clarence Robinson turned himself into police at the 100 Precinct on Saturday. He had been featured in The Wave’s "Most Wanted" column twice over the past several weeks for the alleged forcible robbery that took place last month at 320 Beach 98 street. Police told The Wave that they believe that Robinson turned himself in, frankly, because he was "tired of looking over his shoulder". He has been charged with robbery and criminal possession of stolen property.

Since the inception of the "Most Wanted" column in 1997 the 100 and the 101 Precincts, along with The Wave, are in responsible for the apprehension of more than 70 fugitives from justice.

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