Monday, August 24, 2009

Arrest in Livery Driver Murder

A passenger in a livery cab shot the driver in the head late Sunday night in The Bronx.

Jose Pena-Seguira, 42, died at Lincoln Hospital a short time later. The shooter tried to get away, but cops say he was caught inside a nearby park.

Police arrested Benny Delgado, 31. Delgado is being held, and it's not clear if he had an attorney.

The shooting happened in front of 455 Wales Avenue in the Mott Haven section of the borough.

Police investigators are looking into the possibility the shooter is the same person behind another deadly shooting last week in The Bronx.

A 46-year-old livery cab driver was also shot and killed.

"The Bronx has become the most unsafe borough for cabbies this year," NYS Federation of Taxi Drivers spokesman Fernando Mateo spokesman said Monday. "Drivers are simply scared and no one deserves to work under these conditions."

Police arrest Louis Rodriguez in murder of bouncer Eric 'Taz' Pagan outside club Forbidden City

From the Daily News by Henrick Karoliszyn and Alison Gendar:

An ex-con from East Harlem was busted Monday for gunning down a bouncer and wounding two other men outside a popular East Village club, police said.

Louis Rodriguez, 29, shot and killed Eric (Taz) Pagan outsideForbidden City, a hip Asian-themed bar on Avenue A after a fight early Sunday, cops said.

Police said the quarrel started when Rodriguez rolled up on the club in a white van and accidentally struck bar patron Salvador Moran, 31, as he stood outside with Pagan and Robert Calbo, 30.

Moran and Rodriguez started arguing until Rodriguez ended the back-and-forth with gunfire, hitting Moran in the neck.

Calbo was shot in the hand trying to push the gun away, police sources said.

That's when Pagan jumped in and tried break up the fight.

He was fatally shot in the face, cops said.

Pagan, a single father, worked at the bar as a bouncer, but was off-duty the night of the shooting.

He died moments later at Bellevue Hospital.

Moran and Calbo are hospitalized in stable condition.

Rodriguez, who served nearly five years in state prison on a Bronx assault charge, was fingered as the gunman by witnesses.

Security surveillance video also captured him, police sources said.

Rodriguez was awaiting arraignment last night on murder, assault and weapons charges, police said.