Ripped Off Drug Dealers, Opened Fire on Cops
BRONX– Prosecutors charged a Bronx man with attempted murder of a police officer and said he set off a series of events which led to two bystanders being hit by police bullets.
By allegedly ripping off local drug dealers and then allegedly opening fire on police, the man put in motion the events which led to a Bronx mother and 12-year-old girl being wounded.
District Attorney Clark said, “The defendant allegedly committed a gunpoint robbery, setting off a chain of events that led to exchange of gunfire with a police officer on a busy street. The alleged conduct of this defendant put the public in danger.”
Clark said the defendant, Edwin Castillo-Concepcion, 37, of Home Street, was indicted on a total of 31 counts, including Attempted Murder in the first degree, Attempted Murder in the second degree, first-degree Assault, second-degree Assault, first-degree Robbery, first-degree Criminal Use of a Firearm, Criminal Possession of a Weapon, Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance and Reckless Endangerment. He was arraigned before Bronx Supreme Court Justice John Carter. The defendant was continued remanded and is due back in court on January 31, 2019.
According to the investigation, on the evening of December 5, 2018 the defendant allegedly robbed two men inside 98 West 183rd Street, forcibly stealing a backpack and firing one shot from a .25-caliber pistol.
The defendant then fled the scene, running on West 183rd Street, where he encountered two on-duty plainclothes NYPD Police Officers who were in the area.
Castillo-Concepcion allegedly fired two shots at Police Officer Juan Gomez, and Gomez returned 27 shots.
Irene Urena Perez, 46, was shot in her torso and a 12-year-old girl was struck by bullet fragments in her right leg. Both victims were taken to local Bronx hospitals.
According to the investigation, the defendant had in his possession two kilograms of cocaine.
In December attorney Sanford Rubenstein announced he has filed a $10 million notice of claim against the NYPD and the City of New York, adding, “The district attorney’s office is engaged in an investigation in which Irene is fully cooperating.”
An indictment is an accusatory instrument and not proof of a defendant’s guilt.