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.
©2011 Community News Group
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