2010-01-15 / Top Stories

Bike-Steal Victim Fears For Life

By Howard Schwach

Japell Cox, the victim of the bike-steal shooting in late November, is loaded into an ambulance for transport to Jamaica Hospital. Japell Cox, the victim of the bike-steal shooting in late November, is loaded into an ambulance for transport to Jamaica Hospital. Japell Cox fears for his life.

Cox was riding his bicycle in front of 86-07 Rockaway Beach Boulevard in the Dayton Plaza Shopping Center on November 20, 2009, when he was approached by four young men, who demanded his bicycle.

Police say that he was slow to surrender his transportation and that one of the four shot him twice in the chest.

Police quickly checked the security camera in the restaurant near the shooting and got a grainy photo of the four men. A search of the area turned up the four suspects, who allegedly still had the stolen bike in their possession.

The four were arrested at the scene.

They are identified by court sources as Leroy Barnett, 21; Sharem Edwards, 19; Derrell Daniels, 19; and Malik Miller, 20. All of the men are Rockaway residents.

Cox was transported to Jamaica Hospital in critical condition, but he eventually survived his wounds.

Even though the four remain in jail, charged with attempted murder and robbery, Cox is afraid that some friends or relatives of the four men could try to stop him from testifying in their court cases.

“They are in jail, but their relatives are not,” Cox told The Wave this week. “I just want everybody to know that I can’t identify anybody and there is no reason for them to harm me.”

While The Wave reported that Cox was able to provide police with a description of his four assailants, he says now that he was so traumatized by being shot that he could not provide a description, and that even today he could not identify the four men.

“I just want to be left alone and put it all behind me,” he added.

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