Homeless Man Behind Murder Bid
Detectives picked up a homeless man last Thursday, Mar. 7, for allegedly shooting and seriously injuring a 38-year-old man outside a bar in Ridgewood last December, according to police.
The suspect, identified as 25-yearold Ricardo Rivas, was taken into custody last Thursday by Det. Steven Lundy of the 104th Precinct Detective Squad following an extensive investigation.
Reportedly, Rivas shot the 38- year-old victim during a dispute in the vicinity of Cypress Avenue and Decatur Street at around 2:50 a.m. on Dec. 30, 2012.
As previously reported in this newspaper, the victim went to the location after learning that a relative had been involved in a physical altercation with another individual.
Seconds after arriving, according to information provided by the Queens District Attorney’s office, the victim was allegedly confronted by Rivas, who pulled out a firearm out of his jacket and shot the man in the chest.
After firing the bullet, Rivas reportedly fled from the scene in an unknown direction.
Members of the 104th Precinct and EMS units responded to the scene. The victim was rushed to Wyckoff Heights Medical Center for treatment.
Based on information obtained during the investigation that followed, Rivas was charged last Thursday with second-degree attempted murder and first- and third-degree assault, law enforcement sources said.
According to court records, the suspect was arraigned in Queens Criminal Court last Friday, Mar. 8, before Judge Donna M. Golia, who ordered him held on $250,000 bail. Rivas is scheduled to return to court on Mar. 22.