A Yonkers man who eluded police for years undefined sometimes dressing as a woman undefined was arraigned Thursday in the shooting deaths of a Yonkers gang leader and another man, and authorities said they feared gang revenge against him in jail.
Four others were wounded in the July 6, 2010, attack at an apartment in Yonkers, including a 5-year-old boy.
Two men are serving long prison terms in the shootings, but it took authorities nearly two years to catch up to a third man, identified as Ronnell Jones, 25. Jones was arrested June 10 in a traffic stop in Chicago, where police said he was in the back seat of a car drinking a beer.
On Thursday, Jones, dressed in a white T-shirt, ripped jeans, and black sneakers, pleaded not guilty to murder charges before Judge Barry Warhit in Westchester County Court in White Plains.
Warhit also ordered him held without bail undefined possibly at Rikers Island in New York City, after, prosecutors said, officials at the Westchester County jail in Valhalla said that he might be killed by rival gang members there.
A large group of acquaintances of Jones undefined a prosecutor described them as gang associates, prompting guffaws in the gallery undefined also attended the hearing.
Jones is charged in the deaths of Kasheem Little, 21, also known as "Killa Kash," a leader of the Strip Boyz, a Yonkers gang, and Carlton McLeod, 23, in an apartment at Cromwell Towers, 77 Locust Hill Ave.
The 5-year-old boy, a 17-year-old girl and two other men were also shot and wounded in the apartment at the same time.
Richard Ferrante, a lawyer for Jones, declined to comment outside the courtroom, saying that he had just been assigned the case and needed more time to study the facts.
Jones was arrested in Chicago on weapons and alcohol charges and later extradited to New York after those charges were resolved. He was indicted in Westchester County shortly after the shootings on murder and attempted murder charges.
Jones, who often dressed like a woman to avoid police capture, was featured at one point on “America’s Most Wanted.”
Jones’s two alleged accomplices, Brian Roach, 23, of Yonkers, and Daniel Sanchez, 26, of Brooklyn, were previously convicted on murder and attempted murder charges in the Yonkers shootings. Roach was sentenced to 32 years to life in prison, and Sanchez received five concurrent life terms in prison.
Jones is due back in court June 13.