Oct. 21, 2020 By Michael Dorgan
An Astoria teenager has been arrested and charged for killing a HVAC technician with a stray bullet at the Astoria Houses NYCHA complex in April.
Jerald Bethea, 19, has been charged with murder and weapons possession for the fatal shooting of Darrian Ramdial who was fixing a boiler at the NYCHA development on April 9.
Bethea, according to Queens District Attorney’s office, intended to shoot another individual but struck Ramdial in the stomach.
Ramdial, who was a Navy veteran from Mount Vernon, NY., was rushed to hospital but died six days later. The incident took place in front of 3-20 27th Ave. at around 3 p.m.
Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz said that Ramdial was an innocent bystander and a victim of gun violence.
“The victim in this case was a young man who was simply doing his job,” Katz said.
“This is what senseless gun violence does – it kills innocent people, devastates loved ones and traumatizes communities,” Katz said.
Bethea, who is from 27th Avenue in Astoria, fled the area after the incident and evaded police for more than six months until he was captured by the NYPD’s Felony Warrant Squad Tuesday, Katz said.
He was arraigned early Wednesday on a complaint charging him with murder in the second degree and criminal possession of a weapon in the second degree.
Queens Criminal Court Judge David Kirschner remanded Bethea and set his return date for Oct. 23.
He faces up to 25 years-to-life in prison if convicted.