Alleged Crips member charged with attempted murder of FBI agent
A Brooklyn couple was federally charged on Monday in connection to an FBI agent who was shot in Canarsie on Saturday afternoon.
Ronell Watson was held without bail in Brooklyn Federal Court for attempting to murder the special agent near the corner of East 92nd Street and Avenue N.
Watson, 31, an alleged member of the Crips gang, drove his vehicle the wrong way on Canarsie Road and, apparently without provocation, blocked the agent’s car.
Prosecutors said that Watson approached the driver’s side door of the agent’s car with one hand inside the front pocket of his hooded sweatshirt. As the agent maneuvered his car around Watson’s vehicle, Watson pulled out a gun and began firing at the agent as he drove away.
The agent was hit in the torso by one bullet but was able to return fire and hit Watson.
The alleged gunman retreated from the shootout to seek treatment for his injuries at Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center, where he lied about being a bystander in a shooting. While at the hospital, Watson was overheard on the phone by law enforcement officials speaking to Molissa Gangapersad, his girlfriend, instructing her to get rid of some jewelry.
“Gangapersad will be prosecuted for lying to federal agents after she witnessed her boyfriend’s cold-blooded attack,” said Richard P. Donoghue, the U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of New York. “The shooting on Saturday should serve as a reminder to all about the danger members of law enforcement face in the course of performing their duties and the debt of gratitude they are owed for putting their lives on the line to protect the community from violent criminals.”
Brooklyn Federal Court Magistrate Judge Steven L. Tiscione set a $500,000 bond for 30-year-old Gangapersad.
Approximately 1.5 pounds of marijuana, $15,000 in cash and a large amount of jewelry were found in the Watson’s bedroom, prosecutors said.
If convicted of using and carrying a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence, Watson faces a mandatory minimum of 10 years’ imprisonment and a maximum of life imprisonment. If convicted of lying to the FBI, Gangapersad faces up to five years’ imprisonment.
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