Update: Fifth suspect in gang shootings indicted by grand jury

11/19/2014 1:30 PM |
Albino Dejesus Medina is led out of Southold Town Court Friday morning. (Credit: Carrie Miller)

Albino Dejesus Medina is led out of Southold Town Court Friday morning. (Credit: Carrie Miller)

Update: Albino Dejesus Medina of Bay Shore, a 20-year-old man arrested last week for his alleged involvement in two separate shootings in Southold and Riverhead towns, has been indicted by a grand jury.

Charges against Mr. Medina filed in Southold Town were dropped Friday, court records show.

Mr. Medina was initially charged in Southold with three counts of assault and one count of criminal possession of a weapon in relation to a gang-related shooting on South Harbor Road in Southold Oct. 14, authorities said.

Riverhead Police then charged Mr. Medina, an alleged MS-13 member, in connection with an Oct. 10 shooting that left a 19-year-old Riverhead shot twice in the back as he was walking home on East Avenue.

The indictment will be unsealed during an arraignment for Mr. Medina in county criminal court.

Mr. Medina is due in Suffolk County Court before Judge William Condon on Tuesday, Nov. 25, records show.

Prior coverage: Riverhead Town police say one of the five men in custody following a gang-related shooting in Southold last month is one of the same men responsible for a shooting in Riverhead that occurred just days before.

Albino Dejesus Medina, 20, of Bay Shore was arrested Wednesday in connection with an Oct. 10 shooting that left a 19-year-old Riverhead shot twice in the back as he was walking home on East Avenue.

Investigators revealed the weapon used in the Oct. 10 incident is the same weapon used in a gang related shooting on South Harbor Road in Southold Oct. 14, according to a report.

Sgt. Sean Egan said that the shooting is believed to be “gang-affiliated,” though declined to comment on the case further due to an ongoing investigation.

Officials said they responded to Maple Avenue scene last month at 11:34 p.m. after receiving a report that someone had been shot. Upon arrival, the victim, Deivi Perez, told authorities that two unidentified Hispanic men shot him as he was walking home, police said.

Mr. Perez was taken by Riverhead Town Volunteer Ambulance Corps to Peconic Bay Medical Center and later transferred to Stony Brook University Medical Center for surgery, police said.

Mr. Medina was charged with first-degree assault for the Riverhead incident, and is currently facing three counts of assault and one count of criminal possession of a weapon for the events in Southold, according to court records.

According to a clerk with the Suffolk County Correctional Facility, Mr. Medina is currently being held by Immigrations Customs Enforcement on $250,000 cash bail, awaiting word of a grand jury incitement.

He is due back in Southold Justice Court on Friday.

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