2006-09-01 / Front Page

Gang Seeking Vengeance Beats, Pistol Whips Redfern Man

One Suspect Was Out On Attempted Murder Charge
By Howard Schwach

Two men were arrested Tuesday and charged after an attack in Far Rockaway in which one man was beaten and then pistol-whipped by a gang of seven or eight men. Law enforcement sources say the gang may have been seeking vengeance for a previous shooting incident that took place in July.

Shawn Jones, 19, and Willie Howell, 20, were allegedly among the men who attacked Redfern resident Jackie Jones, 21, Tuesday outside of 12-70 Redfern Avenue, according to court records. Shawn Jones allegedly kicked and punched Jackie Jones in his head and body and then hit him several times in the head with a pistol. Howell was allegedly involved, but the extent of his role was unclear at press time.

Jackie Jones in the intensive care unit at Jamaica Hospital with severe head trauma, a laceration above his left eye, and swelling of the face and head.

Police believe that the beating stems from an incident on July 29 at the same location, where Shawn Jones allegedly fired several shots at another individual, Johnny Jones, hitting him once in the hand. Johnny Jones was taken to St. John's Episcopal Hospital, where he was treated and released. Shawn Jones was out of jail on bond, awaiting a hearing in that shooting, when the August 21 assault occurred, court sources say. The group of men was described by law enforcement sources as rivals.

In the July 29 shooting, Jones is charged with attempted murder, criminal possession of a weapon, and several charges of assault, according to a spokeswoman for Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown. He faces 25 years to life if convicted.

Jones is charged with gang assault, assault and criminal possession of a weapon in connection with the August 21 assault, court records show.

Howell was arraigned on August 31 on charges of criminal possession of a weapon, gang assault, two counts of assault, and harassment. If convicted on the charges, a District Attorney spokesperson said, Howell will have to provide a DNA sample for the state's database and could spend up to 15 years in prison.

Howell was arrested in late June for firing his gun multiple times into an automobile parked in front of 13-02 Redfern Avenue on June 21. Nobody was hit by the shots, officials say.

He was charged with criminal possession of a weapon, reckless endangerment and criminal possession of a weapon, an armed felony offense.

Howell was out on bail at the time of the August 21 beating of Jackie Jones.

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