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Police say they have arrested Greenpoint gunman

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Police say they’ve caught the gunman who shot a Greenpoint jeweler last week during a robbery that shocked the neighborhood.

Officers arrested the 51-year-old suspect, Felix Lagoa, in Sunset Park on July 30, six days after he allegedly stormed into a Nassau Avenue jewelry store and shot its owner, Richard Sanocki, in the chest while an accomplice made off with thousands of dollars worth of precious metals and gemstones.

“He was a bad guy,” said 94th Precinct Deputy Inspector Terrance Hurson. “He walked in, pointed the gun, walked to the back of the store, and shot [the jeweler]. We don’t know what instigated the shooting.”

Detectives tracked Lagoa after lifting a palm print from a glass jewelry case.

Police said that they found the suspect’s getaway car, which contained several felt display cushions, but have not been able to locate Lagoa’s alleged accomplice or the jewelry.

If Lagoa is convicted, it would not be the first time.

Cops collared the Brooklyn thug for murder in 1982 — and he was sentenced to 25 years. He was released early and was arrested in 2003 for possession of drug paraphernalia, records show.

The arrest was cold comfort for Sanocki’s family.

The 54-year-old Studio Jewelry owner is a medically induced coma and remains in serious condition.

Reached at the store on Wednesday afternoon, a Sanocki family member declined to comment.

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hey says:
new member of americas dumbest criminals
, who robs a place without gloves?
im not a criminal or thief but that is very very amateur
Aug. 4, 2011, 6:57 pm
jim from greenpoint says:
good work by the 94, they are a great bunch of cop's always helpful.
Aug. 4, 2011, 10:51 pm
G from Greenpoint says:
Already got 25 for murder?

Throw away the key this time.
Aug. 4, 2011, 11:45 pm
Cynthia from Clinton HILL says:
51 years old? you would think not. he sure moved quick and shot up the place. throw the scum bag in prison.
Aug. 5, 2011, 6:36 pm
mike from ridgewood says:
Always has to be at least one dumb racist idiot.. ur just as dumb as the moron that robbed the store Cynthia..oh yeah. Did I mention ur a racist..
Aug. 6, 2011, 3:54 pm
Cynthia from Clinton Hill says:
Er... @mike.. im not the one who mention "the black issue" im the cynthia on top. "the throw the scumbag in prison". either i dont think the other cynthia would care.
Aug. 7, 2011, 11:44 pm
MH from Greenpoint says:
I'll never understand why a murderer gets released back into the public. Once you take a life, you give up all your rights. The dead victim doesn't get a second chance to live, why does the criminal? That a'hole should have been put to death. I don't want my $ going to feed him and shelter him in jail. Just kill the worthless piece of sh*t and don't give him another opportunity to shoot good people like Mr. Sanocki.
Aug. 8, 2011, 10:30 am

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