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The Bobster
10-06-2015, 03:54 PM

Hero mechanic who stood up to break-in artists shot dead in Williamsburg
By Lorena Mongelli, Megan McGibney and Dana Sauchelli
October 6, 2015 | 9:43am

Police at the scene of the fatal shooting in Brooklyn.
Photo: Paul Martinka

One man was fatally shot and two other people — another man and a 13-year-old girl — were wounded in East Williamsburg early Tuesday when the men tried to stop thugs from breaking into cars, officials said.

The two men, who work nearby, challenged the three men on Knickerbocker Avenue and Grattan Street before being shot at 7:50 a.m., NYPD Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce said.

Michael Matusiak died in the confrontation.
Photo: Facebook

The victims were identified by sources as Michael Matusiak, 53, who died, Derek Robinson, 57, and Cala Newberry, 13, who had been walking to school when she was struck.

Matusiak was hit several times in the chest and died, he said.

Robinson and Cala were grazed in their hips, Boyce said. They are recovering at Elmhurst Hospital.

Police are looking for three men in their 20s who fled the scene.

Osires Arias, 40, said he parked his car outside 125 Thames St. around 7:30 a.m. after dropping his son off at school.

“I get a knock on my window around 7:56. It was the (maintenance) man. He said a thief broke into the car but he scared them off. I ran outside but they were gone,” the father of three told The Post.

“I just thank God none of my kids were hurt. It easily could’ve been us. This is such a quiet block. Nothing like this ever happens. There are lots of cameras, so I hope they caught something.”

He said his wife’s $350 pair of Fendi sunglasses was swiped.

One suspect was wearing a gray T-shirt :mad:, the second a black shirt :mad: and the third a multicolored shirt :mad:, cops said.

Police were viewing several surveillance videos and were expected to release footage later Tuesday, Boyce said.

Justo Cortes, 24, a lifelong resident of Grattan Street, described the neighborhood as calm and generally crime-free. :rolleyes:

“Once in a blue moon there’ll be problems like breaking into a car. It has gotten way better. When I was little, I wouldn’t come to any corner alone. But I’ve never seen this so early in the morning, it’s usually at night,” Cortes said. “Who would want to steal and shoot someone? You’d have to be really crazy.”

Another neighbor said his car has been vandalized before.

“I’ve had my front window broken, my car stomped on. Stuff happens to my car every freaking time,” said Joshua Haimowitz, 27, a three-year resident. “Everyone likes to think their neighborhood is safe. I think we’re a little naïve.”

10-07-2015, 08:42 AM

Police: 2 Wanted For Questioning In Brooklyn Shooting That Left Man Dead, 2 Others Hurt
October 7, 2015 7:19 AM


NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Police are looking for two men in connection with a shooting in Brooklyn that left one man dead and two others, including a teenage girl, hurt.

The men were both seen on surveillance video not far from the shooting scene where 53-year-old Michael Matusiak was killed Tuesday, police said.

“Everybody’s in shock right now,” Matusiak’s friend Anthony Cabrera said. “Nobody can believe it’s true.”

Police said it began with a trio of car burglars breaking into vehicles in Bushwick Tuesday morning.

Just before 8 a.m., police said Matusiak spotted them and tried to chase them down as they ransacked a white minivan outside of ABNY Mechanical Corporation on Grattan Street and Knickerbocker Avenue where he worked.

Investigators said Matusiak and a co-worker both ran after the men when one of the suspects began shooting.

One bullet grazed the hip of a 13-year-old girl walking to school while Matusiak’s 56-year-old co-worker was also grazed on his chest and ear, police said. Matuisak was hit in the torso and killed, police said.

“Mike was like the neighborhood handy guy, if anybody needed help with anything, they would go to mike,” Cabrera said.

“It was upsetting you know? Nice guy and he’s young, trying to help someone else,” said neighbor Michael Caruso.

Police released surveillance images of two of the three men they want to talk to in connection with the incident.


The 53-year-old murder victim — who sources identified as Michael Matusiak

The Bobster
10-28-2015, 07:41 AM

Cops bust suspect in shooting of hero mechanic
By Jamie Schram and Larry Celona
October 28, 2015 | 3:36am

Bryan Aponte

Michael Matusiak

Cops have arrested a suspect in an Oct. 6 triple shooting in which a father was fatally shot while trying to stop a group of punks from breaking into cars.

Bryan Aponte, 20, was picked up in East New York by the Brooklyn North Violent Felony Squad Tuesday, according to law-en*forcement sources.

Aponte allegedly gunned down Michael Matusiak, 53, after the victim refused to stand by as the suspects were smashing into parked cars.

After Matusiak approached the suspects, he was shot several times in the chest and collapsed on Knickerbocker Avenue.

A co-worker, Derrick Robinson, 57, was shot in the torso and grazed on the ear, and 13-year-old Cala Newberry was grazed on the hip as she walked to school.

Matusiak’s fiancée, Yvonne Carrasquillo, learned of the tragedy when she saw the words “RIP Mike” on Facebook.

The other victims were treated at Elmhurst Hos*pital.

After being taken to the 90th Precinct station house, Aponte was charged with murder and criminal possession of a weapon.