2006-12-14 / Other News

Victim And Suspect Shot During Holdup Try At Breukelen Houses

By Charles Rogers

The victim and suspect both received gunshot wounds during an alleged robbery last Thursday afternoon that began at Breukelen Houses and ended with an arrest at the Rockaway Parkway subway station, police said.

Officials of the 69th Precinct Detective Squad said the 39-year-old male victim, whose name was not released, was waiting for the elevator to take him from his third floor East 105th Street apartment when he was allegedly accosted by James Gaines, 21, of East 104th Street, who displayed a gun, apparently with the intention of robbing him.

However, the victim tried to wrestle the gun from Gaines’ hand and the gun went off, hitting the victim in the upper right leg.

As the struggle continued, the gun went off again, police said, and Gaines was hit in the left foot. He was able to run down the back stairs, however, and the victim was able to chase him for a short time before he fell to the ground. He alerted police by calling 911 on his cell phone.

Meanwhile, witnesses saw Gaines head to the L line subway station at Glenwood Road and Rockaway Parkway. Subway service was halted, police sources said, while a search was conducted between the East 105th Street station and the terminal station at Rockaway Parkway.

Alert patrol officers from the local precinct were able to nab Gaines at the latter station. Because of the wound to his foot, the suspect was taken to Brookdale Hospital by Emergency Medical Service paramedics where he was pronounced in good condition. He was placed under arrest at the hospital and charged with attempted murder, robbery and criminal possession of a weapon. The victim was also taken to Brookdale and pronounced in stable condition, police said.

Earlier published reports stated Gaines might have shot himself in the foot while he was escaping, but detectives said he apparently shot himself during the scuffle with the victim.

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