Biker Puts Pedals to Metal to Shake Shooter
A teenager from Arverne was arrested last Friday night after a wild bicycle chase in which he allegedly fired about a dozen shots at another teenage cyclist, striking him once in the arm, according to law enforcement sources.
The chase started at about 8:30 p.m., when the two cyclists crossed paths at Beach 66 Street and Rockaway Beach Boulevard, according to court records. The victim, 18-year-old Keith Ford, told police that he heard three shots ring out moments after he rode past the alleged gunman, Rakeem Perry, 19.
Ford said he felt a sharp pain in his arm, turned around, saw Perry and then started racing north - towards home - to escape his alleged shooter. Perry chased Ford and fired off 10 more shots - missing Ford but triggering calls to 911.
A police officer walking a foot post in the area heard some of the shots and ran to Beach 66 Street near Beach Channel Drive, where he saw Perry, who stopped dead in his tracks and tried to make a U-turn. The officer gave chase and other responding officers cut Perry off at Beach 66 Street and Thursby Avenue.
Ford was transported to Peninsula Hospital Center and later to North Shore Hospital. His condition was not life-threatening, police said.
Police searched the chase route and found a .40 caliber Israeli Military Industries handgun and several shell casings. A .22 caliber round was also found in Perry's pocket, according to court records.
Perry, of 534 Beach 64 Street, is charged with assault, weapon possession, reckless endangerment and ammunition-related code violation, according to a spokeswoman for Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown. Queens Criminal Court Judge Robert Raciti set bail at $7,500 at Perry's arraignment on July 2. He faces up to 15 years in prison if convicted, the spokeswoman said. He is due back in court on July 17.