2001-05-05 / Front Page



Where Is Shatell Spurgen?

By Joan Ward George

Twenty year-old Shatell Spurgeon was been fingered by eyewitnesses as the murderer of a young Hammels Housing Development resident on April 22, 2001. The word of Spurgeon’s alleged involvement in the 100 Precinct’s most recent homicide went out on the front pages of last week’s Wave and his name has now climbed to the top of the precinct’s "Most Wanted Fugitives From Justice" list.

Spurgeon’s victim was shot in front of a bodega on the corner of Beach 86 Street and Rockaway Beach Boulevard. According to witnesses, Spurgeon fled the homicide scene prior to the arrival of the police, and there has been a area-wide search on the peninsula to bring him in. Well-known to the 100 Precinct, Spurgeon has several arrests to his credit and has served time in prison.

According to witnesses to the homicide, Spurgeon was involved in a verbal altercation with a young man outside of the bodega just before 9:30 p.m. on April 22. Police believe the argument to have been over drug.

Spurgeon is described by police as a 20 year-old Black male, 5’10", 185 lbs, with black hair and brown eyes. His last known address is the Hammels Housing Development, where he lived with his family.

Police seriously caution anyone who spots Spurgeon not to approach him as he is considered armed and dangerous.

Anyone with information about his whereabouts is asked to call Detective Mike Verna at the 100 Precinct detective squad at 718-318-4223, the Detective Borough Queens 24-Hour #718-520-9200, or the CRIMESTOP-
PERS Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS. Refer to case #450/01. Information leading to the arrest or indictment of Spurgeon, or any other of the precinct’s "Most Wanted" fugitives, can lead to a reward of up to $2,000 and you don’t have to reveal your identity to help solve the crime. Your reward will be available by a code system, and you won’t even have to give your name to claim it. All suspects are to be considered innocent until convicted in court.


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