Police Arrest Man Accused of Shooting Harlem Bodega Workers With BB Gun

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    The 21-year-old man accused of shooting employees at a Harlem store with a BB gun late last month has turned himself in, police say.

    The man, Joshua Roman, was arrested at a police station on Wednesday and is charged with assault, criminal possession of a weapon and disorderly conduct.

    Roman allegedly went into the Z and S Candy and Tobacco Store on Lenox Avenue in Harlem May 25 and shot two employees with a BB gun while his girlfriend and two other suspects allegedly attacked, police say.

    The girlfriend, 19-year-old Jazmin Williams, was also arrested Wednesday and is charged with assault. The other two suspects remain at large. 

    Attorney information for Roman or Williams wasn't immediately available. 

    The store's owner says a suspect attacked store employees after a clerk asked him for ID for a cigar purchase on May 23. Surveillance footage from the store shows the suspect growing irate, spewing obscenities and threats at the clerk before leaving.

    “I’m a really violent person. You sure you wanna do that?” the angry customer told the clerk.

    Then, on May 25, store owner Zayed Jaren said, the man came back twice to attack employees. In his first attack, the man can be seen on surveillance footage jumping over the counter while customers were inside and appearing to hit the clerk.

    The footage then shows a clerk coming at the man with a baseball bat. The suspect and workers argue for a few moments before getting in a scuffle.

    The man eventually left, but Jaren said he returned again about 9 p.m. with a mask and a BB gun. He shot at everyone inside, hitting Jaren twice in the chest and his son three times.

    “He started shooting in the store all over like crazy,” Jaren said.

    No one in the store had any serious injuries.

    Anyone with information about the other suspects is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 1-888-577-TIPS or visit www.nypdcrimestoppers.com.

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