Saturday, June 23, 2012
A Hispanic suspect has been taken into custody in the execution-style shooting of three men found dead in a parked BMW near Columbia University
A heavily armed team of NYPD officers and US Marshals grabbed 30-year-old Roberto Nunez as he was walking into the Bronx home of his brother near Yankee Stadium. Nunez is a convicted felon who has served time for robbery and other crimes. He had been staying at different homes since the June 7, 2012 shooting and was taken in by a friend of a friend who noticed that he was hiding a gun. The acquaintance then sold the .38-caliber revolver to an undercover officer. The NYPD had it tested and discovered that it matched the shell casings found in the victims. The three victims - Luis Catalan, 25; Heriberto Suazo, 26; and Amaury Rodriguez, 30 — were found slumped in the 2009 BMW on West 122nd Streer near Claremont Avenue outside the Manhattan School of Music and across from Columbia University’s Knox Hall. All three victims were Manhattan residents who were marijuana traffickers with extensive criminal records, and police believe that they may have been killed in retaliation for robbing rival drug dealers. Surveillance video captured a man believed to be the suspect calmly walking from the scene after discarding the shirt he had worn during the shooting. Police said that DNA from the shirt helped link the suspect to the crime.