2011-10-28 / Front Page

Gangbangers Choose Poorly

Use Phony Gun To Hold Up Off-Duty Detective
By Howard Schwach

Three thugs, reportedly members of the Gang of Apes (GOA) street gang, tried to use a phony gun to rob an off-duty detective who was walking his beagle, Jack, on the boardwalk near Beach 27 Street last Saturday night.

Police say that the unidentified detective was strolling on the boardwalk at about 6:20 p.m. on October 22 when he was confronted by a teen, identified in published reports as Tylique Samuels, 15, brandishing a gun that looked real, but turned out to be a good replica.

“Give it up,” the youth holding the gun told the detective.

The detective said that he told the youth that he was a police officer and warned him to give up the gun.

He pulled out his weapon to emphasize his claim.

The teen dropped the gun and took off. The Detective picked up the gun and put it in his hoodie pocket. As he chased the teen on Beach 27 Street away from the boardwalk, he was confronted by two older defendants, identified in court papers as David Caraballo, 21, of 27-12 Deerfield Road and Davone Torres, 19, of 458 Beach 22 Street, who demanded that he give back the gun.

“Where is the gun? We know you have the gun,” they told him. Caraballo reached into the detective’s hoodie pocket and pulled out the fake gun.

The detective pulled out his gun and identified himself. A scuffle ensued and several shots were fired, hitting Torres in the chin and the shoulder and Caraballo in the foot.

The three gang members fled the scene. The detective reportedly called 911 and reported that he was a police officer and needed assistance.

Police units from both Rockaway precincts as well as transit units and specialized NYPD units such as the Emergency Service Unit and Aviation responded to the call.

Torres and Samuels were reportedly captured on Seagirt Boulevard, near the shooting scene.

Torres was transported to Jamaica Hospital, while Samuels was taken to the precinct house on Mott Avenue.

Caraballo, who managed to escape the scene later showed up at Jamaica Hospital with a gunshot wound to his foot. He was quickly arrested by precinct detectives.

The detective was taken to Peninsula Hospital Center for observation.

Jack, the Beagle, ran off in the confusion and police continue to look for the young puppy.

Samuels was charged as a juvenile in family court, officials say.

Court records provided by Queens District Attorney Richard Brown show that Caraballo and Torres were arraigned on October 24, charged with robbery in the second degree and assault.

They are each being held on $50,000 bail awaiting their next court date, which is set for November 7.

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