2006-11-23 / Front Page

EX-CON NABBED IN SUBWAY MURDER

By Charles Rogers

Police escort murder suspect Dwayne Holmes from 69th Precinct station house last week after he allegedly killed a bystander in a MetroCard scam.                                         New York Post/Tamara BeckwithPolice escort murder suspect Dwayne Holmes from 69th Precinct station house last week after he allegedly killed a bystander in a MetroCard scam. New York Post/Tamara Beckwith A man who was released from jail last July after serving a two-year sentence in a robbery case has been charged with the murder of an innocent by-stander at the entrance to the Rockaway Parkway subway station on Wednesday, November 15.

Dwayne Holmes, 23, a Canarsie resident whose home is on East 92nd Street, was arraigned on November 16 and charged with the murder of Toosie Sukhu, 56, of Richmond Hill, Queens in a random shooting that started in the entrance to the subway station and spread into the street outside. Sukhu was on his way home from work as a security guard at the Pepsi Cola plant on Avenue D and was near the entrance when he was shot once in the back. He was pronounced dead after having been taken to Brookdale Hospital by Emergency Medical Service paramedics.

Detectives from the 69th Precinct said the incident took place shortly after 4 p.m. when an argument broke out between Holmes, John Delcan, 20, of East 102nd Street and Kendal Bennett of East 87th Street. Sources said Holmes was allegedly trying to pull a MetroCard scam where he would swipe a card in the turnstile for a dollar, thus allowing a prospective passenger to get in the gate for half-fare, when he started arguing with Delcan. The suspect allegedly pulled out a 9mm handgun and started firing, hitting Delcan in the right arm. Two bullets were shot into the street, with one striking Sukhu.

Anti-Crime Unit police officers in the area heard the shots and ran to the scene where witnesses pointed out Holmes and Bennett running east on Glenwood Road. The cops, Lt. Clint McPherson and Police Officers Michael Simmonds, Kevin Savory and Yancy Blowe, called for emergency units to assist the victim and then chased after Holmes and Bennett. They caught up with the pair and recovered a 9mm automatic weapon and some shells from Holmes.

Delcan was also taken to Brookdale Hospital where he was treated and released.

Neither Bennett nor Delcan was charged in the case, but Holmes was charged with murder, assault and criminal possession of a weapon.

Detectives said Holmes' prior record includes, besides the robbery, a stint in jail for alleged criminal possession of a controlled substance.

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