Yonkers man fired assault rifle in eatery, cops say

A police car in Yonkers. (June 13, 2012) A police car in Yonkers. (June 13, 2012) Photo Credit: Susan Stava

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A Yonkers man fired a round from an assault rifle inside a city restaurant before fleeing the scene, police said Thursday.

Two patrons wrestled the AK-47 away from Melchised Vilchis-Rosas after he fired a shot into the wall at Moctezuma Restaurant on South Broadway Wednesday night, police said.

No one was injured.

Police released few details and said their investigation is continuing.

Vilchis-Rosas walked into the Mexican restaurant at 350 South Broadway about 10:50 Wednesday night and pulled out the assault rifle from a plastic bag he was carrying, police said.

The alleged gunman, a semiregular patron of Moctezuma for the last few months, had been in the bar and eatery earlier in the evening and drank about two beers, manager Jose Morales said.

"There were no problems, nothing," he said.

Vilchis-Rosas returned later to the restaurant, went into the bathroom, and emerged brandishing the AK-47, Morales said.

Morales and three customers were the only other people in the restaurant at the time, he said.

"I don't know what happened," he said. "He just shot the gun. It was crazy."

Two patrons struggled with Vilchis-Rosas and wrested the weapon from him, Morales said. Police later found the rifle and two loaded magazines at the restaurant.

Vilchis-Rosas ran out of the restaurant and drove away in a white van. He was caught by police about two miles away near his home at 34 Fairmount Ave.

Vilchis-Rosas, 42, was charged with second- and third-degree criminal possession of a weapon and first-degree reckless endangerment, felonies. He was sent to the city jail to await arraignment later Thursday in city court.

Members of his family could not be reached for comment.

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