Ridgewood liquor retailer taking pictures: Surveillance video launched in Queens theft after shoplifting try

RIDGEWOOD, Queens (WABC) — Surveillance video was launched Wednesday displaying a liquor retailer proprietor taking pictures a shoplifting suspect in Queens.

The taking pictures occurred Monday night time in Ridgewood after police say Kevin Pullutasi and Edwin Poaquiza, each 20, tried to steal bottles of vodka from Franja Wine and Liquors.

Prosecutors mentioned 53-year-old Francisco Valerio tried to cease them once they attacked and Valerio pulled a licensed handgun from his waistband.

He tried to strike Pullutasi on high of the top, however missed and the weapon went off, putting Pullutasi within the abdomen.

Valerio mentioned he solely meant to pistol-whip Pullatasi and the gun went off by mistake.

Each shoplifting suspects are dealing with a number of costs, together with theft, assault and menacing.

Valerio was launched with out bail on Tuesday night time, He’s charged with assault, reckless endangerment and legal possession of a weapon.

The United Bodegas Affiliation deliberate to carry a press convention on Wednesday night time. They are saying the surveillance video proves that Valerio didn’t deliberately discharge the gun.

“We’re threatened, robbed, assaulted and looted day by day and the dangerous guys get away with it. They’re freed with out bail and nothing ever occurs to them. Once we combat again we’re jailed and in some instances prosecuted. This should cease,” mentioned Radahmes Rodriguez, President of UBA.

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