Brooklyn gang member caught in Queens Village: DA

Brooklyn gang member caught in Queens Village: DA
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QUEENS VILLAGE — A Crips gangbanger from Brooklyn who was foiled when he was spotted wearing a pair of gold-colored sneakers was sentenced to seven years in prison Wednesday for a 2012 gunpoint robbery, the Queens district attorney said.

Victor Santana, 20, pleaded guilty in August to sticking up a 19-year-old victim in August 2012 for an iPhone and a backpack holding a pair of gold-covered Nike Air Foamposite sneakers, DA Richard Brown said.

After the robbery was reported, the victim’s mother spotted Santana strutting around in the sneakers and called 911 and her brother for help.

When police arrived on the scene, the victim’s uncle and Santana were in a struggle, and after breaking it up, they found the Crip had an unloaded and inoperable .380 pistol inside the stolen backpack, Brown said.

Supreme Court Justice Barry Kron sentenced Santana to seven years in jail plus five years’ probation.