2006-07-21 / Front Page

Brought Home In 10-Year-Old Homicide

By Howard Schwach


Clayton Levy is brought into the 100 Precinct station house by detectives who picked the fugitive up in Kingston, New York. Levy was wanted for the 1996 murder of Craig Wong.Photo by Doug Macleod
Clayton Levy is brought into the 100 Precinct station house by detectives who picked the fugitive up in Kingston, New York. Levy was wanted for the 1996 murder of Craig Wong.Photo by Doug Macleod A former Rockaway resident was arrested and brought back from upstate New York Tuesday to face charges in a homicide that took place a decade ago, according to police.

Acting on a tip, detectives from the 100 Precinct Squad traveled to the upstate city of Kingston to find Clayton Levy, 29, who was wanted in the killing of Craig Wong on the afternoon of April 17, 1996. Wong was found dead in his car in front of 233 Beach 19 Street in Far Rockaway after he was involved in an altercation with four young men who fled the scene, according to a report in the April 20, 1996 edition of The Wave.

Police say that Levy had been hiding out in Kingston under an assumed name since a time shortly after the murder.

Two other men have already been arrested, convicted and have served jail time in connection to Wong's death.

A spokesperson for Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said that Marcelle Wright, of 20-16 Seagirt Boulevard, was arrested on April 22, 1996. Court records show that on May 9, 1997, Wright pleaded guilty to reckless endangerment and was sentenced to one to three years in prison.

Court records also show that Pattron Bailey, of 14-30 Seagirt Boulevard, was arrested on January 25, 1998. Bailey pleaded guilty to manslaughter and bail jumping on July 25, 2000 and was sentenced to two and a half to five years in prison.

Brown's spokesperson said that Levy will be charged with murder, criminal possession of a weapon and reckless endangerment. He faces 25 years to life if convicted on all charges, the spokesperson said.

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