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Defendant: Luis Sanchez (DOB 4/15/92)

Oct. 7, 2020 – Westchester County District Attorney Anthony A. Scarpino, Jr. announced Luis Sanchez of Yonkers was indicted for attempted murder and other charges in the April shooting of another man following a burglary attempt. He was indicted by a Westchester County Grand Jury on 12 counts as follows:

  • One count Attempted Murder in the First Degree, a class A violent felony
  • Two counts Attempted Murder in the Second Degree, class B violent felonies
  • Three counts Assault in the First Degree, class B violent felonies
  • One count Robbery in the First Degree, a class B felony
  • Two counts Attempted Burglary in the Second Degree, class D felonies
  • Two counts Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Second Degree, class C felonies
  • One count Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Third Degree, a class D felony

Sanchez was arraigned today before Westchester County Court Judge David Zuckerman, and remanded into custody. His next court date is set for Oct. 21, 2020.

Background
On April 11, 2020, at approximately 2:15 a.m., the Yonkers Police Department received a 911 call reporting a shooting that occurred in the rear of a residence located on Western Avenue in the City of Yonkers. The victim and his wife were sleeping when the defendant, who possessed a large kitchen knife, began forcefully banging on their door, trying to burglarize the residence. The victim and the defendant were unknown to each other.

The victim, who lawfully-owned a handgun, attempted to get the defendant to voluntarily leave his property. Instead, the defendant lunged at the victim and assaulted the victim. The defendant gained control over the victim's gun and shot the victim in the stomach. The defendant then stole the victim's loaded handgun. The defendant was arrested later that same day but the handgun was not recovered.

The defendant, a known Yonkers Blood Hounds gang member, was awaiting sentencing for an earlier offense in which he possessed a knife with intent to use it unlawfully against a taxi driver. He pleaded guilty to Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Third Degree and was released on his own recognizance pending a state prison sentence of 2-4 years.

The case is being prosecuted by the Investigations Division Gang, Guns and Narcotics Bureau.

In compliance with the Rules of Professional Conduct, Rule 3.6, you are advised that a charge is merely an accusation and that a defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

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