Hammels resident Shatell Spurgeon, who has been wanted for homicide in Rockaway since April of 2001, was captured on June 17 by detectives from the 100 Squad in Binghamton, New York.
Spurgeon, who made the "Most Wanted" lists of both The Wave and the New York Daily News, allegedly shot Damian Waters, 20, once in the head and once in the chest at Beach 86 Street and Rockaway Beach Boulevard on April 22, 2001. Waters was declared dead after two hours in the operating room at Peninsula Hospital Center.
According to Sergeant Arthur Nappo, the commanding officer of the 100 Precinct Detective Squad, an investigation led them to Spurgeon and eventually to Broome County in upstate New York.
At the time of the shooting, Spurgeon had just been released on parole for another unrelated crime.
According to eyewitnesses at the time, Spurgeon had been involved in an argument with Waters in front of a bodega at the corner. When Waters walked away and entered a car with somebody else driving, Spurgeon allegedly pulled a gun and shot through the back window, fatally wounding Waters.
At the time, detectives were certain that Spurgeon had fled the city, but it took until this week to find him upstate.
"The investigation that led to the arrest was a joint effort by our Squad, the Queens Homicide Squad, the Queens District Attorney and the Broome County District Attorney," Nappo said. "We want the word to go out that you can run, but you can’t hide."
The arrest in Binghamton was made by Sergeant Nappo and Detective Thomas Dolan of the 100 Squad.
A spokesperson for Queens DA Richard Brown said that Spurgeon will be indicted on two counts of murder in the second degree (one for intent to kill and the other for depraved indifference murder), attempted murder, reckless endangerment, and two counts of criminal possession of a weapon.
Those charges will be brought against the Hammels man at his next hearing in Queens Supreme Court in Kew Gardens on June 25.
Nappo thanked The Wave for publicizing the case and publishing material that eventually led to the arrest of Spurgeon. At press time, Spurgeon’s attorney, Andrew Worgan, could not be reached for comment.