Gun goons busted
Last week was a bad one for Shoyn Johnson and Nigel DaSilva. Not only were they busted for allegedly having an illegal firearm in their car, but that arrest helped police connect them to a robbery on January 2.
Police said that Johnson, 20, and DaSilva, 21, were driving past the corner of Avenue H and East 53rd Street in Flatlands last week when they were pulled over for a traffic infraction.
The cop who pulled them over looked inside the cabin and saw a loaded .22 caliber pistol, police alleged. Further inspection of the car revealed a small quantity of marijuana as well, said authorities.
Police Officer Steven Yatchenya took both men into custody on drug and weapon charges, officials said.
A short time later, the two were connected to a January 2 robbery in Mill Basin.
Officials allege that the two men held up a third male on East 56th Street between Avenues L and M.
The victim told police that he was walking down the street at 5:30 p.m. when the two suspects allegedly stopped him. DaSilva allegedly put a small caliber gun — possibly the pistol the two were arrested with — to his head, police alleged.
“Just give me your money, all I want is your money,” DaSilva allegedly screamed. Johnson blocked the victim’s path, preventing his escape, officials alleged.
The two men grabbed a small amount of money and two gift cards and ran off, but soon returned and threw the gift cards back at the victim, alleged police.
“Just the cash,” DaSilva said.
Cops connected the two men to the hold-up over the weekend, charging them with robbery, grand larceny, menacing and criminal possession of stolen property.