Shocking moment trio of Bronx robbers shoot man and injure his friend in sidewalk robbery where they stole his gold chain as crime ravages NYC
- NYPD is looking for three suspects in Saturday’s brutal shooting
- Trio of robbers robbed a gold chain from two men on the sidewalk
- As the victims fled, robbers fired wildly at them on a Bronx street
- One victim, 32, was killed while the 46-year-old victim was hospitalized
New York City police are looking for a trio of robbers who killed one man and injured another in a sidewalk robbery, as violent crime continues to ravage the city.
The cold-blooded murder took place around 4:50 p.m. Saturday in the Mount Eden section of the Bronx, where three unidentified men were holding 32-year-old Jonathan Pena and a 46-year-old man.
Two of the robbers pointed pistols at the victim, one reinforced with a green laser sight and another with what appears to be a high-capacity drum magazine, surveillance video shows.
The third robber then ran to the victims, who raised their hands and tore a gold chain from Pena.
New York City police are looking for this trio of robbers who killed one man and injured another in a sidewalk robbery, as violent crime continues to ravage the city
When the robbers were distracted with the chain, the other victim tried to flee at a nearby restaurant.
The robbers then opened fire with both rifles, firing wildly at 1400 block of Macombs Road, hitting both victims.
The trio of crooks were last seen fleeing north on Macombs Road in a black Mercedes-Benz sedan.
Pena was transported by private means to Bronx Lebanon Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, police said.
Ambulance personnel transported the 46-year-old male victim to Lincoln Hospital in stable condition.
The brutal murder comes as New York City continues to grapple with a wave of violent crime.
The robbers opened fire with both weapons, killing one victim and injuring another
The robbers then fled north in a black Mercedes-Benz sedan
The murder took place outside this restaurant on the 1400 block of Macombs Road
Thursday morning in Central Park, near Swan Lake, a 27-year-old female jogger was strangled unconscious and raped.
Paulie Velez, 25, was arrested and charged with the assault after police said he was trying to sell the victim’s cell phone at a Times Square store.
The Central Park attack happened just 25 minutes before a registered sex offender attempted to rape a woman on Randall’s Island and 45 minutes before another victim was sexually assaulted on a hiking trail near the Harlem River.
Howard Shaw, 38, was charged with the attack on Randall’s Island – which took place two days after he was released from the state prison where he was serving a sentence for a 2005 robbery and rape.
Meanwhile, New York City continues to see an increase in other forms of violent crime as well.
Until the end of October, the crime rate increased by 8 percent from last year to 18,898, and the number of major thefts by 3.7 percent to 30,768.
Overall crime in New York City continues to grow steadily
The homicide rate has fallen slightly, to 399 this year so far, compared to last year’s level of 407.
The rape rate rose 2.1 percent to 1,241, and the robbery rate rose 1.6 percent to 10,996.
NYPD Police Commissioner Dermot Shea has repeatedly made public calls for lawmakers to tighten bail laws reformed last year, allowing many suspects to walk free without bail.
“Effective crime control relies on a concerted effort from all aspects of the criminal justice landscape — as well as society as a whole,” he said earlier this month.
“In addition, the work of our brave officers must be enhanced with meaningful consequences that deliver a consistent message to those who find themselves on the path to crime.”
Anyone with information about this incident is requested to call the NYPD Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477). All conversations are strictly confidential.