EAST HARLEM, NY — A man is facing charges for a 2007 double murder in East Harlem that involved a deadly dice game between rival gangs the "Bloods" and "Crips."
Members of both gangs were playing dice outside the East River housing complex around 4:30 a.m. on on June 7, 2007 when Abraham Cucuta — a member of the Bloods — brought a gun to the game and started shooting, according to an indictment from the Manhattan District Attorney's office.
Cucuta was attempting to shoot a member of the Crips, but instead gunned down fellow Bloods member Manuel Sabater, 27, officials said. Cucuta then shoved Crips member Joshua Agard, 18, to the ground before shooting him to death, officials said.
“As alleged, this defendant unleashed a hail of bullets on a summer night in 2007, killing two young men for no other reason than to assert his gang’s territory,” said District Attorney Vance in a statement. “This case underscores our commitment to seek justice for every victim of violent crime in every neighborhood of Manhattan. I thank my Office’s prosecutors for their dedicated pursuit of justice, and for showing New Yorkers that cold cases are not forgotten cases.”
Cucuta has been charged with two counts of first-degree murder and two counts of second-degree murder.