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Broad Daylight Shooters Arrested ‘Most Wanted’ Apprehended As Result

By Joan Ward George

Broad Daylight Shooters Arrested
‘Most Wanted’ Apprehended As Result

One of Rockaway’s "Most Wanted" fugitives from justice, pursued for more than a year and a half, was arrested Friday evening in a twist of fate that landed Lonnie Hopkins behind bars, charged with attempted murder, felony assault and criminal possession of a weapon.

On Friday afternoon, December 8, a shootout in front of 81-02 Rockaway Beach boulevard involved two young black males who had a history with Hopkins. Police patrol officers from the 100 Precinct were close by when they heard shots being fired. Paul Keyes and Johnny Almodavor fled the scene but were chased by Officers Emmolo and Falsitta, who arrested both men nearly 10 blocks away from where the shooting took place within minutes of the incident. Keyes and Almodavor were charged with assault and criminal possession of a weapon.

During the course of the investigation Keyes and Almodavor told police that they were running from shots that were being fired at them, so they returned fire; however, according to Captain John Miller, the commanding officer of the 100 Precinct, there was no proof to substantiate their story. According to Captain Miller, "that case is closed."

It was also learned during the investigation that one of the afternoon’s alleged "shooters" had been shot himself by Lonnie Hopkins, and his photo was positively identified. With a warrant out against him, it was just a matter of a few hours before Hopkins was picked up at 84-14 Rockaway Beach boulevard, arrested and placed in custody.

Hopkins arrest brings the apprehension total on Rockaway’s "Most Wanted" to more than 80.

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