2006-08-25 / Community

Cops Bust Juvenile In Edgemere Shooting

By Howard Schwach

A fifteen year old Far Rockaway youth was arrested on Tuesday, August 22, on a number of charges, including robbery, criminal possession of a weapon and assault as well as a possession of a controlled substance, after he allegedly robbed four residents of Beach 30 Street and then shot one of them as he fled the scene, police say.

The Wave is withholding the youth's name because he is a juvenile.

Court records show that the four who were robbed, identified as Jamal Butler, Najee Anderson, Natasha Morris and Tiffany Ward, were sitting on the stoop in front of 30-23 Seagirt Avenue in Edgemere at about 1:30 a.m. on Tuesday when the youth approached them, pulled a handgun and demanded their money and jewelry.

They gave up earrings, a wristwatch and two cell phones, in addition to a small amount of money.

After taking their belongings, police say, the youth fired at least three shots in the general direction of the victims.

One of those shots grazed Anderson's leg, and EMS Ambulance took him to Peninsula Hospital Center, where he was treated and released.

The victims gave responding police officers from the 101 Precinct the youth's description and he was quickly corralled by police and positively identified by the victims.

Court records show that police found the stolen goods as well as a quantity of cocaine in his pants pockets.

Police sources say they recovered ballistic evidence from the area, but it was unclear as to whether the youth still had the gun in his possession when he was arrested.

A spokesperson for Queens District Attorney Richard Brown told The Wave on Wednesday that the youth had not yet been arraigned, but that he was being charged with two counts of robbery in the first degree, criminal possession of a weapon, assault (an armed felony offense), criminal possession of stolen property and criminal possession of a controlled substance.

While the spokesperson for the District Attorney declined to speculate on how long the youth could serve if convicted, he did say that the unifentified youth would be tried as an adult and that he faced a long sentence on the gun and drug charges should he be convicted.

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