A career criminal with 19 previous arrests and three assault convictions has become the latest face in New York City’s skyrocketing crime wave after he was charged with the murder of an innocent mother of four who was shot dead while walking her dog in a Brooklyn wine cellar. .
Officers tracked Namel Colon, 36, to a Chinese restaurant in Queens after the suspect eluded arrest for almost two months after the Jan. year old pet. the pit bull is dead.
Colón, who lives on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, was subsequently handcuffed and taken to the borough’s 79th Precinct, where he was charged with murder and illegal possession of a weapon, police said.
It is unclear whether Colón was released on bail, parole or parole at the time of the attack, and it is not known how he managed to evade investigators for seven weeks after the shooting.
But he was previously on parole after being jailed three times for assault, as New York State faces questions over a bail waiver policy that critics have warned has the streets flooded with dangerous criminals, many of whom then commit repeated crimes.
NYPD officers arrested career criminal Namel Colón, pictured on footage from the scene on Tuesday, in connection with the incident. Records show that Colón is a serial offender with 19 previous arrests on 11 felony charges, including three felony assaults, for which he served time and was released early on parole or on parole.
Jennifer Enoa, 36, a mother of four, was shot dead by a suspect at a Brooklyn deli last month when he opened fire on another customer inside the store.
Her one-year-old pit bull, Blue, was also killed during the January 2 attack.
Records show that Colón is a serial offender with 19 previous arrests on 11 felony charges, including three assaults, for which he served time and was released early on parole or on parole.
Conditional release means that the prisoner is released early from prison and has the same obligations as the parolee.
Inoa, a mother of four who lived two blocks from the deli where she was shot, was walking her dog Blue when she was killed on the night of Jan. 2, her boyfriend Carlton Bush, 46, said after the incident.
“I was angry. I have spoken about this many times. I lost my wife and dog,” Bush told the Daily News on Tuesday after his arrest. – It was my best friend. We had a family, and, of course, [the arrest] a little disappointing.”
Bush told the paper that Colón would “have to think of his own answers” regarding his alleged involvement in the assassination. “And thankfully, he lives on, at least with his answers.”
“She had children,” he continued. “She had people who loved her, took care of her and all that, and now they took the life out of her.
“It’s not good for any punishment.”
The footage shows Inoya and her dog in the store shortly before the shooting, while the man, who, although the intended target, is visible in the bottom right corner of the image, watches as he eats a bag of crisps.
The suspect opened fire before entering the store. In the photo, Inoa and another man, who was unharmed, refused to cooperate with police during interrogation, react to a hail of gunfire.
Footage outside the store shows a man believed to be Colón brandishing a gun and opening fire as he breaks into the Bed-Stuy store.
Bush said that Inoa’s children now live with their aunt.
Police say Inoa was likely not the shooter’s intended target, after analyzing surveillance footage from the store’s security camera and said another man in the store at the time was likely the shooter’s intended target, police said.
Police say the suspect, believed to be Colón, is clearly visible in the security footage, adding that the shooter was also seen driving a red four-door sedan and calmly crossed the street before immediately opening fire.
The picture shows the Salim Smoke Shop in Bedford Stuyvesant shortly after the shooting, where no one else, including Colón’s intended target, who refused to talk to police, was injured.
Inoa was shot in the head and taken to a nearby Brooklyn hospital where she was pronounced dead. According to police, her dog died at the scene.
Camera footage shows a man believed to be Colón jumping into a car and driving away.
No one else was hit by the hail of indiscriminate gunfire, including store personnel and the suspect’s intended target.
It is unclear whether Colón was released on bail, parole or parole at the time of the attack, and it is unknown how he managed to evade investigators for seven weeks after the shooting.
Following the attack, a man believed to be Colón’s target fled the scene after the attack and still unidentified by the police, was detained by officers for questioning, during which he refused to cooperate with the police and called a lawyer. the cops said.
Colón’s criminal records show he had 19 previous arrests with 11 felony offenses, including burglary, robbery and assault.
Inoa is the latest person to fall victim to New York’s growing crime wave, which saw a nearly 50 percent spike in crime incidents in the city this year compared to the same period in 2021.
Less than two weeks ago, 35-year-old Asian creative Christina Yuna Lee was stabbed to death by a homeless serial offender who followed her home to her Chinatown apartment after she was released on bail.
The police found Yuna in her apartment with multiple stab wounds in a blood-soaked bathtub.
Christina Yuna Lee, 35, was stabbed to death in her New York City apartment by a “homeless serial criminal” on February 13.
Career criminal Assamad Nash, 25, was arrested in connection with the Chinatown murder. According to court records consulted by , Nash has been arrested four times in the past year alone and was released on bail when he allegedly killed Lee.
Career criminal Assamad Nash, 25, was arrested in connection with the murder. The horrifying footage showed a man, police said, sneaking into the building behind Li after she got out of the cab.
Nash, who is homeless, was released on bail after several unresolved crimes, including an assault case in September and an arrest for criminal mischief in early January. He was due to appear in court on March 3. According to ABC7, he has been arrested at least seven times since 2015, most recently on January 6, 2022.
Nash has been arrested four times in the past year alone, according to court records available to . His list of charges included assault, vandalism, stalking, resisting arrest, attempting and successfully eluding police officers, and selling a travel ticket.
Chilling footage shows the killer named Nash following victim Christina Yuna Lee down the hallway of her Chinatown apartment building.
It is said that Nash followed Yuna Li after she got out of the cab and then forgot to check if the door closed behind her.
Yuna was found with a knife in her bathtub and could not be saved, and Nash is also said to have been found hiding under the bed of his intended victims.
Three of those cases remain open, and he has appeared in court on numerous occasions. He was due to appear before a judge again on March 9 on charges of assault, harassment and intentional damage to property.
The victim’s landlord blamed New York District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s aroused crime policy for the murder.
“All of this could have been avoided,” Brian Chin told reporters on Sunday evening. “This guy should never have been on the street. And it is District Attorney Alvin Bragg who is playing politics with people’s lives, and the Asian community has suffered. To have the District Attorney who won these heinous crimes by his side. And he doesn’t even bother to show up. It’s shameful.
Inoa was the latest victim of New York’s rising crime wave, with the city seeing a nearly 50 percent spike in criminal incidents this year compared to the same period in 2021. while shooting increased by 30 percent
Violent assaults have increased by more than 20 percent, with 2,994 incidents reported this year, up from 2,477 in 2021, according to the NYPD.
Shooting has also increased by a notable 30 percent compared to last year, with 174 incidents recorded in the last seven weeks. Last year, there were 133 shootings during the same period.
Murders also rose slightly, with the NYPD targeting a 3.8 percent increase from 2021.
Meanwhile, the number of rapes and robberies increased by 42 and 32 percent, respectively.
A recent report released earlier this month by the NYPD showed that nearly every NYPD police station saw a surge in crime this year, including five that saw crime rates double, new NYPD data shows.
Queens has been particularly hard hit by the influx of incidents, where total crime has increased by nearly 150 percent.