An arrest has been made in Monday’s capturing in Hillcrest.
A 22-yr-previous Spring Valley man has been arrested in reference to Monday’s capturing of an off-obligation cab driver in Hillcrest, Ramapo police introduced Thursday morning.
Hakeem Gentles was charged with second-diploma tried homicide and first-diploma assault, each felonies, Ramapo Police Chief Brad Weidel stated throughout a press convention at police headquarters.
Gentles was charged in reference to the capturing of Rem Louis, 23, of Spring Valley, who was shot within the head and stays hospitalized at Westchester Medical Middle, Weidel stated.
“Our prayers are with him and his household,” Weidel stated. “He is in very critical situation. We hope he makes a restoration from this vicious assault. He is unable to speak with us.”
Weidel offered this scenario for Monday’s shooting:
Louis was using the cab for personal use and had at least two passengers at the time of the 3 p.m. shooting on West Eckerson Road.
A white 2004 Toyota Camry occupied by at least two people drove up along the driver’s side of the cab and at least one gunshot was fired, hitting Louis in the head. Louis’ car then crashed into a tree. Police Thursday afternoon said they had located the Camry.
Weidel said there may have been other shots fired.
“We don’t believe the cab driver was the intended victim,” he said. “We’re pretty confident the passenger was the target.”
Weidel said police have some working theories but have not uncovered a motive. The relationship between the people in the two cars had not been established.
He would not say whether Gentles was the shooter and said other suspects were being sought. “We have a very good sense of the others in the white Camry,” he added.
Gentles was arraigned in Town Justice Court and was being held on $1 million bail in the county jail.
Spring Valley Police Chief Paul Modica, whose street crime unit and detectives are working the case, said Gentles is known to his department for past drug activities.
Anyone who may have witnessed the incident or who may have any information pertaining to the incident is asked to contact Ramapo police at 845-357-2400.
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