Arverne Teen Cleared In Shooting
Rakeem Perry, 19, will not stand trial on the charges that stemmed from a June 30 shooting incident in which he was accused of firing about a dozen shots while chasing another teenager on Beach 66 Street. The Wave reported the story in its July 7 issue under the page one headline "Bike Puts Pedals to Metal to Shake Shooter".
Perry's Legal Aid attorney, Donna Lewis, said her client was "falsely accused and wrongly arrested" because he happened to be riding his bike in between the victim and the real shooter. "Rakeem said he was riding behind the kid who was shot and the shooter was behind [Rakeem]" Lewis said.
Perry was cleared after he declined several plea bargain offers and testified before a grand jury, which decided there was insufficient evidence to charge the teen, Lewis said. Perry "risked being indicted and facing a trial and substantial time in jail," Lewis said.
Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown's office confirmed that the charges were dropped.
Lewis said Perry was jailed for a total of about 3-and-a-half months because his family could not post his bail.
A call to the residence where Perry lives with his grandmother was not returned.