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May 26, 2016 -- Acting Westchester County District Attorney James A. McCarty announced that Rahsi McClean (DOB 11/28/89) of 110 South 12th Ave., Mount Vernon, NY was arraigned today on an indictment charging him with:

  • one count of Murder in the Second Degree, a class “A” Felony,
  • one count Attempted Murder in the Second Degree, a class “B” Felony,
  • one count of Assault in the Second Degree, a class “D” Felony,
  • two counts of Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Second Degree, class “C” Violent Felonies,
  • one count of Intimidating a Victim or Witness in the Third Degree, a class “E” Felony

in the shooting death of Gloria Nartey.

On Aug. 8, 2011, at approximately 9:40 p.m., the victim was in the vicinity of 145 South 12th Ave. in Mount Vernon. She was walking home from the train station carrying groceries when she was shot in the back of the head and killed.

The defendant is a gang member and was shooting at a man who had been in an ongoing conflict with him and his fellow gang members. That man, along with three other individuals, was standing in the middle of the block when the defendant opened fire.

The victim who was further up the sidewalk, was struck in the back of the head and died instantly. Gloria Nartey was a graduate of SUNY Plattsburgh and was working as a research scientist at Pepsi at the time of her murder.

An intensive investigation was carried out by investigators from the Westchester County District Attorney’s Office and the Mount Vernon Police Department for close to five years. That investigation has resulted in the above charges being brought against the defendant, who has been in state prison on an unrelated violent assault that took place in the City of Mount Vernon.

McClean plead not guilty to the charges.

His next court date is June 8, 2016.

The defendant’s remand continues.

He faces an indeterminate sentence, the maximum term must be life, and the minimum term may be not less than 15 years nor more than 25 years.


Rahsi McClean

Rahsi McClean


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