A 16-year-old boy was arrested Tuesday, Jan. 10, at the 106th Precinct in Ozone Park and charged with murder, gang assault and criminal possession of a weapon in connection to a fatal stabbing of a Brooklyn man in South Ozone Park last month, according to the NYPD.
The teenager, who was not identified because he is a minor, became the fourth youth to be arrested in the homicide investigation. An NYPD spokesman could not provide any additional information on the latest arrest.
According to the authorities, Justin Shaw, 20, who lived in the Pink Houses NYCHA development in East New York, became involved in an argument with the boys on the afternoon of Wednesday, Dec. 7. Shaw was walking with a 20-year-old man on Lefferts Boulevard near the intersection of Rockaway Boulevard just after 3 p.m. when he got into a verbal dispute with the teens over gang affiliation.
The dispute escalated into a physical confrontation, and the 16-year-old brandished a knife and allegedly plunged it into Shaw’s chest multiple times and stabbed the other man in his right leg. The four assailants fled the location.
EMS responded to the crime scene and rushed the two victims to Jamaica Hospital Medical Center, where Shaw was pronounced dead, police said, adding that the second victim was listed in stable condition.
Detectives from the 106th Precinct interviewed several eyewitnesses at the scene and arrested the three youths — ages 13, 15 and 17 — the day after the attack, based on the provided information, according to the NYPD.
The three teens, who were arrested on Dec. 8, were charged with gang assault, and the 17-year-old was also charged with criminal possession of a weapon, but not murder; that could change as the homicide investigation remains ongoing.