You are reading

Uncle and Nephew in Custody After Woodside Duane Reade Shooting, Queens Robbery Spree

via Chief Dermot F. Shea on Twitter

Nov. 27, 2018 By Nathaly Pesantez

Two men–an uncle and a nephew– have been taken into custody following a series of armed robberies in Queens yesterday that included the shooting of a Woodside Duane Reade employee.

Elgin Brack, 22, and Scott Brack, 50, now face federal charges in the alleged armed robberies of four convenience stores in in Astoria, Woodside and Jamaica over a roughly two-hour period on Nov. 26., according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York.

Elgin was separately charged with brandishing and discharging a firearm during the in-store robberies, which included the shooting of a 49-year-old employee at the 60-02 Roosevelt Ave. Duane Reade.

Prosecutors, meanwhile, say Scott, Elgin’s uncle, was behind the wheel of the car that took them to store after store during the spree.

“As alleged, the defendants struck four all-night commercial businesses in Queens in a span of fewer than three hours, including a Duane Reade store in Woodside where an employee was callously shot in the head simply for resisting the robbery,” said United States Attorney Richard Donoghue in a statement.

Dermot F. Shea, NYPD Chief of Detectives, described the two as “violent individuals” at a press conference yesterday.

Shea said the arrests were made using some “good old detective work” including locating and following vehicles. He noted that the case even went out of state, and that one of the two apprehended suspects has had an “interesting year.”

Court records show Elgin was arrested in June and charged with disorderly conduct.

The uncle and nephew duo are in custody following details released yesterday on the string of robberies through several Queens neighborhoods. Their first target was the Woodside Duane Reade, where Elgin tried to force the employee to hand him money from the register just before 3:30 a.m. The employee, however, was shot in the hand and face after shutting the register closed.

The Woodside Duane Reade was the only location where Elgin did not make off with cash, but he did steal more than $1,300 combined from the three other locations, including two Rite Aids and a 7-Eleven.

Shea said the two men targeted these stores during the early morning hours, where it was likely that only one employee would be on staff.

The Woodside Duane Reade employee was the only victim who suffered injuries during the four robberies. He was rushed to Elmhurst Hospital after the shooting, with Shea noting that he has survived the wounds thus far.

Article updated on Nov. 28 at 10:30 a.m.

email the author: [email protected]
No comments yet

Leave a Comment
Reply to this Comment

All comments are subject to moderation before being posted.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Recent News

3 men sought for armed robbery in East Elmhurst home invasion near LaGuardia Airport: NYPD

The NYPD is looking for three men who allegedly robbed an East Elmhurst man of tens of thousands of dollars during a home invasion early Monday morning.

Police from the 115th Precinct in Jackson Heights responded to a 911 call of an armed robbery at a townhouse located at 108-09 Ditmars Blvd. near 29th Avenue just south of LaGuardia Airport.
The victim had pulled up in front of his home just before 2 a.m. when he was approached by three suspects. One of them pulled out a firearm and forced him inside the townhouse where they stole around $30,000 in cash and a safe that contained an unspecified amount of jewelry, before exiting and driving off in a silver four-door SUV, police said.

Brooklyn man charged with manslaughter, DWI, for Astoria collision that killed his wife: DA

New details have emerged in the case against a Brooklyn man who allegedly crashed into several cars in Astoria last week while driving drunk, and then drove off in the wrecked vehicle to a residential block in Maspeth four miles away with a gravely injured passenger. The passenger turned out to be his wife, who later died, and the boozed driver told investigators that the couple was being followed when the collision occurred, according to the criminal complaint.

Rey Perez, 27, of Caton Avenue in Flatbush, was arraigned on Friday in Queens Criminal Court on charges of manslaughter, vehicular manslaughter and other crimes for speeding through stop signs last Thursday morning, crashing into another vehicle and two parked cars, before speeding from the scene to Maspeth where he sought help for his wife, 29-year-old Bridget Enriquez, who later succumbed to her injuries.

Woman sought for slashing cabbie during a robbery near LaGuardia Airport: NYPD

Police are searching for a woman who attacked a cab driver in East Elmhurst during a robbery more than two weeks ago.

The incident occurred in the early morning hours of Sunday, Feb. 11 after the cabbie picked up the suspect in Manhattan. The driver told investigators that the woman initially wanted to be taken to LaGuardia Airport but instead decided to be dropped off  nearby in front of 89-00 23rd Ave. at around 2 a.m.