An alleged member of a high-end theft ring that’s terrorized rich patrons of Big 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 prison 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 practically hanging pedestrians — and prompting cops to open fireplace.
The suspects all fled however Mendez was nabbed after a brief chase. Police recovered a 9mm handgun on the ground of the automobile.
Mendez was held on $50,000 money or $150,000 bond at his arraignment in Manhattan Criminal Court, the place prosecutors made no point out of his alleged ties to the jewellery heists.
“My client has full faith in the legal system,” stated protection lawyer Glenn Hardy. “After a full investigation, he is confident he will be vindicated.”
On Tuesday, NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea stated federal expenses are in the works towards Mendez and his crew, who’re being eyed in greater than a dozen violent robberies outdoors the town’s trendiest nightclubs and eating places.
“The message to these people should be very clear: We are going to come after you with the full might and fury of the criminal justice system, including federally, and put [you] away for as long as we possibly can,” Shea stated Thursday on 1010 WINS.
Mendez’s two accomplices from Monday are nonetheless in the wind, sources stated.
Mendez is awaiting trial in two different Manhattan prison 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 Own Every Dollar — are affiliated with the infamous Trinitarios gang in 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 price of knickknack snatched at gunpoint final week as he left Tribeca’s Buddha-Bar New York.
During a Sept. 20 theft, the crew allegedly gunned down Jeffrey Sanchez outdoors the Opus Lounge in Inwood.