East Flatbush

Unrelated charges cracks cold case, leads to murder arrest

December 12, 2018 By Christina Carrega Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Photo by David von Diemar

Eighteen months after a 21-year-old man was gunned down near his home in East Flatbush, the suspect was nabbed by police during an investigation for a separate crime.

Robeirto Roberts was arrested on Sunday, Dec. 9 for charges related to his minor son getting left outside the house in the cold. During that investigation, police began connecting the dots between Roberts’ vehicle and the one that fled the scene on May 27, 2017, when Jeremy Germain was shot to death.

In June 2017, police requested the public’s help with identifying a Chevy Tahoe that drove away from the intersection of East 48th Street and Snyder Avenue.

Germain, 21, was shot multiple times in the back and arm. He died at Kings County Hospital.

Roberts, 40, admitted that he was at the scene and in his car where Germain was shot, a source familiar with the case told the Brooklyn Eagle.

Because of Roberts’ alleged statements related to Germain’s death, police made the arrest.

Roberts was remanded by Brooklyn Criminal Court Judge Kim Petersen on Tuesday evening on murder and criminal possession of a weapon charges. He was also separately charged for endangering the welfare of a child. A $1,000 bail was set by Judge Petersen.

If convicted, Roberts faces 25 years to life in prison.

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