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Connecticut man arrested in 2011 shooting death of Kew Gardens man

George Cupi
Photo courtesy of Shelton Police Department
By Madina Toure

A 52-year-old Connecticut man has been charged with murder, attempted murder and other charges in the fatal shooting of a Kew Gardens man in 2011 that seriously injured his brother, the Queens district attorney said.

George Cupi, 52 of Westside Lane in Shelton, Conn., was arrested at about 5 a.m. Dec. 21 in Westside Lane by Shelton Police Department detectives, the U.S. Marshals Service, detectives from the 102nd Precinct and Queens Homicide South, according to Shelton Detective Richard Bango.

He was extradited back to Queens Tuesday and arraigned on murder, attempted murder, assault and criminal possession of a weapon charges, Brown said.

Cupi was remanded and his next court date is Jan. 12, 2016, the DA said. If convicted, Cupi faces a maximum of 50 years to life in prison, Brown added.

At about 5 a.m., Shelton police detectives, U.S. Marshals Service and detectives from the 102nd Precinct and Queens Homicide South went to Westside Lane in Shelton and arrested George Cupi, of Shelton, according to Shelton Detective Richard Bango.

He was charged with being a fugitive from justice and asked to post a $100,000 bond, Bango said. He was scheduled to appear in Derby Superior Court this Tuesday and was awaiting extradition to New York on various charges.

At about 8:10 p.m. on July 14, 2011, police officers responded to a call of two males shot in Queens, the NYPD said.

When they arrived, officers discovered two victims, Kew Gardens residents Roberto Adanes, 25, and his 30-year-old brother, Jovanny, on the corner of 84th Drive and 125th Street, police said.

Roberto Adanes was shot in the torso and taken to Jamaica Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, officials said. His brother was shot in the torso, taken to Jamaica Hospital and listed in stable condition.

At the time, eyewitnesses said the middle-aged gunman in his 40s or 50s waved his weapon in the air and smiled after the shooting and was accompanied by a younger, chubby man.

A neighbor who had been walking her dog at the time had said that an argument began when the suspects could not get their vehicle past the car belonging to one of the brothers.

The brothers approached the suspect’s car, described as both a white pickup truck and a white van full of plumbing supplies bearing Connecticut license plates, and confronted the two men inside the pickup, she said.

After a short, intense argument, the brothers pulled their car around to the other side of the small, triangular park, she added.

Witnesses said the two suspects followed but continued past the victims out of sight, but then one of the suspects walked back down the street and pulled a handgun out of his waist.

Although Roberto Adanes asked the suspect not to shoot his brother, the suspect shot his brother in the head and ended up getting shot in the torso and chest after a struggle with the gunman, witnesses said at the time.

Reach reporter Madina Toure by e-mail at mtoure@cnglocal.com or by phone at (718) 260–4566.

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