2006-12-08 / Front Page

Fifteen-Year-Old Charged In Ocean Bay Homicide

By Howard Schwach

A 15-year-old Arverne youth has been charged with the shooting death of Christopher Glenn, 16, who was fatally shot while standing outside his home at 51-15 Almeda Avenue, in the Ocean Bay Houses, on November 27.

Queens District Attorney Richard Brown has identified the defendant as Sashawn D. Simpson, 15, of 440 Beach 54 Street in Arverne.

Simpson has been charged with murder in the second degree and criminal possession of a weapon in the second and third degrees, court records show.

Sources told The Wave that Simpson voluntarily went Monday night to the 101 Precinct in Far Rockaway, accompanied by his mother, to surrender to detectives who were looking for him in connection with the homicide.

Brown said, "The victim, a Beach Channel High School student, had a promising future which, in an instant, was taken from him when, without warning, the defendant allegedly fired a gun in his direction, killing him. The incident was unprovoked and underscores my office's commitment to remain vigilant in the fight to rid the streets of Queens County of illegal weapons."

Court records say that Glenn was standing in the vicinity of his home at approximately 6:55 p.m. on November 27, when the defendant rode up on a bicycle, pulled out a 9 mm handgun and fired several shots in Glenn's direction, striking him once in the neck. Glenn was taken to the Peninsula Hospital Center where he was pronounced dead.

A published report said that detectives were investigating the possibility that Glenn got caught in a territorial dispute between two youth gangs in the nearby Edgemere houses, but local police sources would not confirm that.

A spokesperson for Brown said that Simpson was arraigned on Tuesday night before Queens Criminal Court Judge Suzanne Melendez, who ordered the defendant held without bail and set a return date of December 19.

If convicted of all charges, Simpson faces 15 years to life in prison, according to Brown's spokesperson.

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