An alleged member of a high-end theft ring that’s terrorized rich patrons of Massive Apple hotspots was held on bail Wednesday as federal authorities work to construct their very own case towards the violent crew.
Wilson Mendez, 19, of the Bronx, was charged with legal possession of a weapon in his newest bust early Monday, when cops allegedly caught him and others in a black BMW casing Pergola restaurant for victims.
The Beemer fled when cops moved in to tug it over, leaping a curb and almost putting pedestrians — and prompting cops to open hearth.
The suspects all fled however Mendez was nabbed after a brief chase. Police recovered a 9mm handgun on the ground of the automotive.
Mendez was held on $50,000 money or $150,000 bond at his arraignment in Manhattan Felony Courtroom, the place prosecutors made no point out of his alleged ties to the jewellery heists.
“My shopper has full religion within the authorized system,” mentioned protection lawyer Glenn Hardy. “After a full investigation, he’s assured he can be vindicated.”
On Tuesday, NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea mentioned federal expenses are within the works towards Mendez and his crew, who’re being eyed in additional than a dozen violent robberies outdoors the town’s trendiest nightclubs and eating places.
“The message to those folks must be very clear: We’re going to come after you with the total may and fury of the legal justice system, together with federally, and put [you] away for so long as we probably can,” Shea mentioned Thursday on 1010 WINS.
Mendez’s two accomplices from Monday are nonetheless within the wind, sources mentioned.
Mendez is awaiting trial in two different Manhattan legal circumstances, together with one for firearm possession for which he was launched on $50,000 money bail.
The theft ring — who name themselves OED for Personal Each Greenback — are affiliated with the infamous Trinitarios gang within the Bronx.
They allegedly hit Pergola in NoMad on Aug. 19, robbing a 34-year-old man of $100,000 in jewellery, then Philippe Chow a month later, stealing a patron’s Rolex watch and taking pictures a bystander who tried to intervene.
A Diamond District retailer proprietor had $150,000 value of bijou snatched at gunpoint final week as he left Tribeca’s Buddha-Bar New York.
Throughout a Sept. 20 theft, the crew allegedly gunned down Jeffrey Sanchez outdoors the Opus Lounge in Inwood.