2008-08-22 / Top Stories

Arrest Made In Oceancrest Blvd. Shooting

By Miriam Rosenberg

Police arrested a 20-year-old man last Friday night after a 19-year-old female was shot near Far Rockaway High School.

According to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown's office, Anthony Santiago was apprehended after he and another unidentified suspect fled the scene of a shooting in front of 25-31 Oceancrest Boulevard on August 8 at approximately 11:30 p.m.

Detective Michael Gildea, of the 101 Precinct, states in court papers that the victim, Tanya Wright, informed him that Santiago had "removed a black gun from the gas tank of a silver car" and gave it to the other alleged suspect, then looked at Wright and said, "Shoot the bitch," several times. Both suspects fled the scene in the same silver car used to hide the gun.

Gildea reports that he recovered the casing from the .25-caliber bullet that hit Wright. Court and police sources also said Wright, 19, was taken to Jamaica Hospital, where the bullet was removed from her foot.

Santiago was arraigned on August 10 and charged with criminal possession of a weapon in the second degree, which is an armed felony offense, and assault in the second degree.

He is due to return to court on August 21.

Bail has been set at $20,000. He was still in custody as of 3:30 a.m. on Wednesday morning.

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