Wagswoofs – The residents of a Bronx neighborhood are in shock after a recent act of violence, allegedly committed by Miguel Diaz – a man who had recently been released from prison.
Damian Williams, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, James Smith from the FBI, and Edward A. Caban from the NYPD, made a chilling announcement on Tuesday, October 24, 2023. They revealed a Complaint against Diaz, who was accused of opening fire outside a Bronx deli. As a result, one victim was left nursing a bullet wound in their arm.
Law enforcement officers are no strangers to Diaz, who was apprehended and brought before U.S. Magistrate Judge Katharine H. Parker. The accusations against him are bone-chilling.
Williams was asked about the situation and he stated, “As alleged, Miguel Diaz – who had previously been convicted of reckless endangerment – fired a bullet outside a deli in the middle of the day at the corner of Edward L. Grant Highway and Jesup Avenue in the Bronx. Thanks to the quick action of our law enforcement partners and the prosecutors of this Office, Diaz will now be held responsible for his alleged reckless and violent actions.”
Caban expressed her dismay and joined in on the issue, stating: “The NYPD has dedicated men and women who have successfully reduced shootings by 26 percent this year alone in New York City. However, the ongoing gun violence poses a threat to everyone living, working, and visiting here. As New Yorkers, we deserve to feel safe, and our law enforcement colleagues and we promise to relentlessly investigate and apprehend anyone who dares to carry and use an illegal weapon on our streets.”
Let’s now take a closer look at the nitty-gritty details:
On the evening of October 4, 2023, Diaz was captured on surveillance video as he walked towards the corner of Edward L. Grant Highway and Jesup Avenue at around 6:00 p.m. He stood outside a deli in the Bronx for a few minutes, waiting for his unsuspecting victim. Once the victim emerged from the deli, Diaz approached them from behind, drew out his firearm, and fired a shot. After the attack, Diaz quickly pocketed the weapon and fled the scene.
During the investigation, NYPD officers discovered a 9mm FC Luger shell casing at the crime scene. Shockingly, Diaz was not permitted to have any ammunition because of a prior felony conviction for reckless endangerment. It is noteworthy that Diaz had been released from state custody just four months before the incident, after serving almost five years in prison.
Diaz could be looking at a prison sentence of up to 15 years as he is currently being charged with possession of ammunition after a felony conviction.
It’s important to keep in mind that despite the surprising news, Diaz must be presumed innocent until proven guilty.
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