‘Fresh’ Charged With Attempted Murder
A 23-year-old man – known on the street as “Fresh” – was arrested and charged with attempted murder last weekend in connection with an August shooting incident that left a teenager with a bullet in his leg.
Emanuel Aviles, 23, is accused of shooting eight rounds at Jonathon Whitmore Wright, 17, outside 22-59 Dix Avenue in Far Rockaway on August 19. Wright, who could only identify his alleged assailant by his street name, “Fresh,” was treated at St. John’s Episcopal Hospital for a single gunshot wound to his right leg.
NYPD officers from the 101 Precinct nabbed Aviles, of 23-11 Cornaga Avenue, on November 25. He is charged with attempted murder, criminal possession of a weapon and two counts of assault, according to court records. Queens Criminal Court Judge Steven Paynter remanded Aviles without bail at an arraignment hearing on November 25.
Court records show that Aviles has had a string of arrests – mostly drug related – dating back to last year. He was arrested on drug possession and drug paraphernalia charges in July of 2004, pleaded guilty and was sentenced to a conditional discharge. Aviles was arrested in March on a drug possession charge, subsequently pleaded guilty but then a bench warrant was issued when he failed to show for court. He is still awaiting sentencing on that charge. Aviles faced 15 days in jail or a $300 fine for driving without a license in April, and was arrested again in July and charged with drug possession and resting arrest. Those charges are still pending.
Aviles faces up to 25 years in prison if convicted on the most recent charges, according to a spokeswoman for Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown. He is due back in court on December 9.