By Maria Rocha-Buschel
Police have arrested 17-year-old David Young in connection with the robbery of a Stuyvesant Town senior on September 16 around 7:40 p.m. in front of her apartment at 430 East 20th Street and have also charged him with a homicide that occurred in the Lower East Side this summer.
Young was charged with robbery inside the 13th precinct on Tuesday, September 24 at 3:30 p.m. and following his arrest, was charged in connection with the homicide, which police said occurred at the Lillian Wald Houses at 20 Avenue D on July 13.
The robbery in Stuyvesant Town occurred in front of 430 East 20th Street on the M level adjacent to Playground 1. Police said that Young and a teenage girl were outside the building when the victim was walking towards the door attempting to get inside. Young reportedly told her that his phone was dead and wanted the victim to help them get inside, and when she said that they needed to call security, one of the teens allegedly said that she wouldn’t help them because they were black.
The victim then turned to walk away from the building and the teens allegedly grabbed her from behind, knocking her to the ground before grabbing her purse and fleeing the scene. The teenage girl, a resident of Good Shepherd Services on East 17th Street, was arrested the following day. Young was caught last Tuesday.
In regards to the homicide, witnesses told police that they heard what sounded like gunshots at 2:40 a.m. on July 13 and saw three people standing in a park near 20 Avenue D, one of whom was later identified via surveillance video as David Young.
One witness told police that two of the people in the park were wearing black hooded sweatshirts and the third was wearing a grey hooded sweatshirt. The witness told police that the person wearing the grey sweatshirt held out their arm, and the witness saw a flash from the end of their hand as if a gun were being fired.
Officers responded and found the victim on the ground with a gunshot wound to his face, and the victim later died from his injuries at Bellevue Hospital.
Police said that video surveillance from near the intersection of East 4th Street and Avenue D following the shooting at 2:44 a.m. showed three men walking together, matching descriptions from the witness. According to police, one of the men wearing a black sweatshirt could be seen dismantling what appeared to be a firearm and handing the pieces to the two other individuals.
A detective on the Manhattan South Homicide Squad said that Young was identified on surveillance video taken from 70 Pitt Street at 2:51 a.m. by two different individuals known to the Manhattan district attorney’s office.
Young was charged with murder and criminal possession of a weapon in addition to robbery.
Police said that Young is a resident of Samuel Gompers Houses, which is about four blocks south from Lillian Wald.
An attorney for Young could not be reached for comment before T&V’s press time.