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Police arrests two suspects in connection to shooting murder of former NYPD civilian employee in Bath Beach

July 23, 2018 Jaime DeJesus
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Police have apprehended two suspects in connection with a Bath Beach shooting that left a 66-year-old man dead in 2017.

On Friday, July 20, police arrested 27-year-old Derek Simpkins and 27-year-old Abasie Brabam on second degree murder charges in the murder of Robert Donofrio. The pair were also charged with second degree criminal possession of a weapon.

Donofrio, a Bath Beach resident and former NYPD civilian employee, was gunned down at approximately 6:39 p.m. on February 8, 2017 at his home on Bay Eighth Street between Benson and Bath Avenues.

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The suspects fled the scene in a 2015 Ford Mustang.

Donofrio was rushed to Maimonides Medical Center where he was pronounced dead on arrival.

Brabam, a Georgia resident, was also charged with second degree burglary.


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