A Roosevelt teenager linked to two fatal shootings in the hamlet is believed to have pulled the trigger in both instances, investigators said Friday.
Malique Shelton, 16, was arraigned Friday on two counts of second-degree murder in the killings of Gerber Hernandez, 33, and Royston Hall, 37, which Nassau County police believe stemmed from attempted robberies.
Shelton, who was held without bail, is also accused of participating in 15 armed robberies of taxi drivers and delivery people in the area, police said.
“The evidence speaks for itself, and it’ll come out in court hearings,” said Stephen Fitzpatrick, deputy commanding officer of the Nassau homicide squad.
Shelton’s court-appointed attorney declined to comment.
Showne Shelton, the teen’s father, told News 12 Long Island that the charges are nothing more than allegations.
“He told me he didn’t do it,” Showne Shelton said of his son. “I believe him. I believe him with all my heart.”
Police had been looking for Malique Shelton since Jan. 4, when officers tried to stop him for riding a motorized dirt bike “in an erratic manner” on local streets. Shelton eluded police but a subsequent investigation led detectives to the intersection of Mollineaux Place and Washington Avenue in Roosevelt, where he was arrested Wednesday night, police said.
While in custody, detectives said Shelton made incriminating statements linking him to both killings, police said.
On Nov. 18, 2015, Hernandez of Roosevelt was approached by two men riding bicycles who attempted to rob him on Ellison Avenue at 6:48 p.m., police said. He was shot and died later at Nassau University Medical Center in East Meadow, police said.
On June 22, 2016, Hall, also of Roosevelt, was trying to buy an illicit drug and was led to Wagner Avenue where he was robbed by three men at gunpoint. Hall was shot and killed, police said.
“We believe that the victims did resist, which caused their death,” Fitzpatrick said.
Police said one of the robberies occurred on Nov. 22 on Margaret Drive in Roosevelt shortly before 9 p.m. A 54-year-old man was delivering food from a Uniondale restaurant when he was robbed of cash and food at gunpoint by two masked men.
A second suspect in the killings and robberies, identified by police as Corey Williams, 17, of Roosevelt, was arrested Aug. 31 and faces a slew of charges, including two counts of second-degree murder, police said. He is being held without bail, according to his attorney, Jeffrey Groder of Mineola.