DA SINI: ALLEGED BLOODS GANG MEMBER INDICTED FOR ATTEMPTED MURDER IN SHOOTING AT IHOP
(RIVERHEAD, N.Y.) – Suffolk County District Attorney Timothy D. Sini today announced the unsealing of an indictment against an alleged Bloods gang member for attempted murder in connection with a shooting inside an IHOP restaurant in Lake Ronkonkoma on March 4.
“For this defendant to fire five rounds in a crowded restaurant with an infant nearby is nothing but depraved,” District Attorney Sini said. “He evinced a clear intent to kill the victim and showed absolutely no regard for the safety of any of the other patrons.”
Deontrae Green, 19, of Islandia, is charged with Attempted Murder in the Second Degree, a B violent felony; Assault in the First Degree, a B violent felony; Criminal Use of a Firearm in the First Degree, a B violent felony; two counts of Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Second Degree, a C violent felony; and Reckless Endangerment in the First Degree, a D felony.
At approximately 1:20 p.m. on March 4, Green and an associate entered the IHOP, located at 339 Portion Road in Lake Ronkonkoma. They were seated near a booth occupied by Tyriek Corbin, 20, of Amityville, and several of his associates. There were approximately 23 additional patrons in the restaurant at the time, including a family with an infant in a high chair sitting directly across from Green.
Within five minutes of Green’s arrival at the IHOP, Corbin and his associates exited their booth and walked past Green on their way out of the restaurant. Green allegedly took out a .40 caliber Glock handgun and fired five rounds of shots at Corbin, one of which struck him.
“The minute the victim crosses the defendant’s path, the defendant takes out his firearm and violently shoots five times,” District Attorney Sini said. “The victim is struck once and is pushed back into that infant. You can see on the surveillance video that the infant’s forehead almost crashes into the table. Imagine for a moment being that family: you’re eating pancakes one moment, gunfire erupts, and your infant is almost trampled by an individual.”
Corbin was transported by a private vehicle to Stony Brook University Hospital, where he was treated for the non-life threatening gunshot wound.
More than 50 Suffolk County Police units responded to 911 calls reporting multiple shots being fired at the IHOP. The first units were on scene within one minute and ten seconds of the call being dispatched.
“While the patrons were fleeing the restaurant trying to get to safety, and the defendant himself was fleeing, our first responders in the Suffolk County Police Department responded in force and they responded quickly,” District Attorney Sini said. “I would like to commend the Police Department for their incredibly swift and sweeping response to this incident.”
Green fled the scene on foot and was apprehended by police at approximately 1:38 p.m. on Patchogue Holbrook Road.
Suffolk County Police Canine Section officers recovered the handgun from a wooded lot located near 321 Portion Road. Video surveillance revealed that Green had been in the vicinity of the lot after fleeing the IHOP.
“We are focused on investigating and prosecuting violent street gangs, whether it’s MS-13, the Bloods, or any other gang,” District Attorney Sini said. “We are working tirelessly with our law enforcement partners on the local level, the state level and the federal level to ensure that we disrupt this cycle of violence and take violent gang members off of our streets.”
Green was arraigned on the indictment today by Suffolk County Supreme Court Justice Mark Cohen. Bail was set at $750,000 cash or $1.5 million bond.
If convicted of the top count of Attempted Murder, Green faces a maximum sentence of 25 years in prison. If he is also convicted of Criminal Use of a Firearm, he faces the possibility of an additional five years in prison, for a maximum possible sentence of 30 years in prison.
Green is due back in court on April 3.
This case is being prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Melissa Turk, of the Enhanced Prosecution Bureau.
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