Posted on: February 6, 2024, 04:54h.
Last updated on: February 6, 2024, 04:54h.
Two individuals are at the center of an intriguing gambling parlor robbery in New York’s Queens neighborhood of Flushing. As reported by Queens Post, they could face federal prison time for their alleged crimes.
According to federal prosecutors, Jamel Berry and Zhong Wang, along with two unidentified associates, forcibly entered an unlicensed gambling site on Avery Avenue in Flushing in the early hours of July 19, 2023. Their entry involved a physical assault on one individual and the use of a firearm, leading to the theft of $3K and a gunshot injury to an innocent bystander.
Search for Accomplices
Investigators were able to capture the criminals on security footage, but the two other individuals involved remain unidentified. Berry and Wang were taken into custody on February 1 and are now facing a long list of charges, including conspiracy to commit robbery, weapon possession, and firearm discharge during a criminal act. As this process unfolds, negotiations for plea deals are ongoing.
Prior to this incident, Berry had a history with federal authorities, having been convicted in 2020 for attempted criminal possession of a weapon.
Reasons for Detention
Prosecutors have requested the continuous detention of the suspects, especially Wang, who poses a flight risk because of his strong ties to China. He has been ordered to remain in custody, while Berry has been placed under home detention.
Drawn by the large Chinese population, the presence of illegal gambling parlors has been a notable aspect of the Flushing neighborhood. With mahjong games being a common feature, the neighborhood has experienced numerous incidents, although many go unreported due to the clandestine nature of the operations.