Yesterday, the NYPD, AT, DEA and US Marshals executed the largest gang bust in New York City history, rounding up a total of 120 alleged Bronx gangsters. Geovanni Martin, a wanted robber, was not sought during the blitz, but fell to his death as he tried to evade the police he mistakenly thought were coming for him.
Around 5:45 AM yesterday, the boys raided 693 East 236th Street in the Wakefield neighborhood, looking for Dequan Reid, who surrendered. Martin, Reid’s friend, was at the sixth floor apartment, at the time. According to the New York Times:
The police said Mr. Martin, who was visiting the building, was standing on a front fire escape when the officers and marshals were leaving the building with the suspect, around 5:45 a.m. They ordered Mr. Martin to go inside, and he complied, according to the police. But when the officers went back upstairs, the police said, they found him hanging from a different window ledge at the back of the building, apparently trying to hide. Unable to support himself, he lost his grip and fell to the ground, the police said.
According to Reid’s sister, Tenisha Monroe, she heard officers behind the building yelling, “He’s hanging, he’s hanging, get off of there, get off of there!” Then, she heard “a big thud.”
Martin was the youngest of three brothers, who immigrated from Jamaica to the Bronx. According to his father, Desmond Martin, he was a soccer fan and had dreams of opening a restaurant, but dropped out of high school. He had moved out of his father’s house two years ago. Since August, Martin has been implicated in five robberies in the Bronx on Monterey Avenue, Clinton Avenue and East 183rd Street. His victims (women aged from 43 to 62) were robbed of jewelry and money.
“I’m in a dark place,” said Desmond Martin. “Right now, I’m thinking about how to get some money to bury him. What can I do?”