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The Bobster
12-05-2016, 11:27 AM
http://nypost.com/2016/12/04/off-duty-corrections-officer-fatally-shot-while-sitting-in-car/

Off-duty corrections officer fatally shot while sitting in car
By Larry Celona and Tom Wilson
December 4, 2016 | 11:36pm | Updated

An off-duty city corrections officer was shot and killed Sunday night while sitting in her car in Brooklyn, sources said.

Alastasia Bryan, 25, was at the corner of Avenue L and E 73rd Street in the Flatlands section of the borough when a dark colored Honda rolled up and began blasting at around 9:15 p.m., the sources said.

Five shots rang out and a single bullet struck the officer in the head, killing her instantly as the shooter sped away.

Bryan had been in the neighborhood visiting family and friends — and was on her way to Rikers Island for a shift — when the shooting unfolded, sources said.

Her death appeared to be planned and the killer was believed to have been waiting at the intersection before she arrived, the sources added.

Investigators are reviewing security footage as cops continue to canvass the area for clues.

The Bobster
12-05-2016, 11:29 AM
http://nypost.com/2016/12/05/murdered-correction-officer-recently-graduated-academy/

Murdered correction officer recently graduated academy
By Larry Celona, Tom Wilson, Abigail Gepner and Yaron Steinbuch
December 5, 2016 | 10:43am | Updated

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Alastasia Bryan


Relatives of the freshly minted city corrections officer who was fatally shot off-duty while sitting in her car to make a phone call mourned her death Monday and sought answers to her slaying.

Alastasia Bryan, 25, was at the corner of Avenue L and East 73rd Street in the Flatlands section of the borough when shots were fired from a man who exited a dark-colored Honda Civic that rolled up at around 9:15 p.m. Sunday, police sources said.

Five shots rang out and a single bullet struck the officer in the head, killing her instantly as the shooter got back into his car and sped away.

“It’s so sad and unexpected. All I want to know is why they did it?” her devastated aunt, Mintha Bryan, told The Post.

“The whole family is devastated. Only God knows why they did this … a young person coming up in life. My heart was killing me. I didn’t sleep last night,” she added.

Bryan had been in the neighborhood visiting family and friends — and was on her way to Rikers Island for a shift — when the shooting unfolded, sources said.

Her death appeared to have been planned and the killer was believed to have been waiting at the intersection before she arrived, the sources added.

NYPD Chief of Detective Robert Boyce said Monday, “We have a male who appears to be waiting for her to get out of that car… He got out of the car and he fired five rounds into her car, striking her… This male then got into a car and drove away.”

Boyce added, “We’ve got a long way to go in this investigation,” while noting that the slaying does not appear to be related to the shooting of a Queens state corrections officer who was likely intentionally ambushed by two men during a home invasion on Nov. 27.

Bryan graduated from the academy on Nov. 1, her ont said.

“She enjoyed it, she loved it,” Mintha Bryan, 68, said of her niece’s job. “She was well-educated, she loved to work. She looked out for her mother, brothers, sister and father. She was the backbone of her family.”

Bryan, the youngest daughter, lived with her parents and brother, she said.
Officers at the scene where a corrections officer was shot dead in her car.Photo: Wayne Carrington
The officer’s mother heard gunshots and went to the window Sunday night, “not knowing it was her child,” she added.

Cousin Claire Yerwood, 43, also described the slain woman as very devoted to her family.

“Everybody loved her down to the kids. She was always there for her family. Her family always came first,” Yerwood said. “She loved her job. Always independent, always a go-getter.”

Elias Husamudeen, president of the Correction Officers’ Benevolent Association, released a statement on Facebook expressing the department’s grief.

“Tonight our correction family and the entire City of New York is shocked and grieving the horrific murder of one of the youngest members of New York City’s Boldest, who was shot and killed by an unknown assailant while sitting in her car in Brooklyn,” he wrote.

“There are no words that can express the depth of this tragedy. The COBA will do everything we can to support the officer’s family during this time and we will not rest until the assailant or assailants are brought to justice.”

Investigators were reviewing security footage as cops continued to canvass the area for clues.

The Bobster
12-05-2016, 06:38 PM
http://nypost.com/2016/12/05/cops-to-question-murdered-correction-officers-boyfriend/

Cops to question murdered correction officer’s boyfriend
By Jamie Schram and Tina Moore
December 5, 2016 | 9:31pm

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Alastasia Bryan Photo: Dennis A. Clark


Police are looking to question the ex-con former boyfriend of the freshly minted city correction officer fatally shot in Brooklyn while sitting in her parked car, law-enforcement sources said Monday.

Off-duty rookie officer Alastasia Bryan, 25, was at the corner of Avenue L and East 73rd Street in Flatlands when a man who had been waiting for her exited a dark-colored Honda Civic and pumped five rounds into her car at around 9:15 p.m. Sunday, police said.

Bullets struck Bryan in the head and torso, killing her instantly as the shooter got back into his car and sped away, cops said.

“It’s so sad and unexpected. All I want to know is why they did it?” her devastated aunt, Mintha Bryan, told The Post.

Bryan recently broke it off with her boyfriend, who has a lengthy rap sheet with more than 20 priors, and started dating another rookie while in the academy, sources said.

NYPD Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce said Monday, “We’ve got a long way to go in this investigation.”

The Bobster
12-14-2016, 07:56 AM
http://nypost.com/2016/12/14/father-of-gunned-down-officer-lashes-out-at-funeral/

Father of gunned-down officer lashes out at funeral
By Shari Logan and Tina Moore
December 14, 2016 | 1:08am | Updated

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Donald Bryan at the funeral of his daughter Alastasia Photo: Paul Martinka


The father of a freshly minted correction officer who was gunned down as she sat in a parked car last week lashed out over her tragic death at a Brooklyn funeral Tuesday.

“I will kill that motherf–ker right now,” Donald Bryan fumed about his daughter’s shooter.

“They can put me in jail. I don’t care,” he said while leaving First AME Zion Church in Bedford- Stuyvesant, where roughly 300 people gathered to say tearful goodbyes to Alastasia Bryan, 25.

Her ex-con former boyfriend is now the prime suspect in the murder, cops said Tuesday.

The Bobster
12-14-2016, 03:57 PM
http://nypost.com/2016/12/14/cops-find-ex-beau-of-slain-corrections-officer-in-closet/

Cops find ex-beau of slain corrections officer in closet
By Tina Moore, Selim Algar, Jamie Schram and Natalie Musumeci
December 14, 2016 | 2:28pm | Updated

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Keon Richmond


The gangbanger ex-boyfriend of the city corrections officer fatally shot in Brooklyn was found — cowering in a closet — by authorities Wednesday, law-enforcement sources said.

Alastasia Bryan’s ex-beau was identified by sources as Keon Richmond and is being called a “person of interest” in her death.

He was being hauled to the 63rd Precinct station house in Brooklyn, sources said.

Richmond, a member of the “Pay Back Crips” street gang, was picked up by the New York-New Jersey Regional Fugitive Task Force who found him hiding in a closet at the home of an acquaintance on East 58th Street and Flatlands Avenue in Flatlands, Brooklyn, sources said.

He was nabbed for an unrelated arson case in Brooklyn for torching a car belonging to another ex-girlfriend — and police will grill him on Bryan’s murder, according to sources.

Richmond, who has 30 prior arrests and goes by the nickname “Trini,” is believed to have been seething that Bryan, 25, recently had him busted for stealing her car, sources said.

Richmond, a native of Trinidad, was busted Nov. 2 for driving her 2010 BMW 750 after she reported it stolen, sources said.

She had leased the car, and the ex-beau took it, they said. When he refused to give it back, she reported it stolen, sources said.

The former boyfriend was charged with grand larceny auto in that case and has a court hearing on the incident in January.

Bryan also made a report against her ex in May 2015 accusing him of making death threats against her, the sources said.

At the time, she working as a security guard at Kingsborough Community College and was so afraid he would try to hurt her that the school put another guard on duty with her, sources said.

Bryan a newly minted corrections officer, was gunned down while sitting in her car Dec. 4 at the corner of Avenue L and E 73rd Street in the Flatlands section of the borough by a man who was waiting for her, police said.

The gunman fired five shots, striking the officer in the head and torso, killing her instantly. The shooter then got back into his car and sped away, cops said.

At Bryan’s tearful funeral Tuesday, her father Donald Bryan fumed about his daughter’s shooter, saying “I will kill that motherf–ker right now.”

The Bobster
12-15-2016, 05:20 PM
http://nypost.com/2016/12/15/slain-corrections-officers-ex-beau-arrested-in-unrelated-incident/

Murdered corrections officer’s ex is stone-faced after arson arrest
By Kevin Sheehan and Linda Massarella
December 15, 2016 | 1:47pm | Updated

The ex-boyfriend of a corrections officer who was assassinated as she sat in her car outside her mother’s Brooklyn house was stone-faced as cops led him out of the 63th Precinct, past a wanted poster showing the slain woman’s picture.

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Keon Richmond is led by police after leaving the 63rd Precinct in Brooklyn.
Photo: Paul Martinka


Keon Richmond was picked up Thursday morning and charged with harassment and arson for an unrelated incident, police say.

Records show Richmond had been charged with domestic abuse last month but was released on $2,000 bond.

Rikers guard Alastasia Bryan, 25, was sitting in her car on Dec. 4 when police say an individual walked up to the driver’s window and fired several times.

Shot in the head and torso, Bryan was pronounced dead at the scene.

Richmond is a suspect in that slaying but has not been charged.

The Bobster
12-16-2016, 08:21 AM
http://nypost.com/2016/12/15/suspect-in-rikers-guard-slay-dodged-deportation-for-11-years/

Suspect in Rikers guard slay dodged deportation for 11 years
By Jamie Schram, Priscilla DeGregory and Linda Massarella
December 15, 2016 | 11:41pm | Updated

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Keon Richmond
Photo: Gregory P. Mango


The prime suspect in the murder of a Rikers Island guard is an illegal immigrant with a lengthy rap sheet — whom US officials have failed to deport over the last 11 years, The Post has learned.

Keon Richmond, 32 — who entered the US from Trinidad in 2001 on a tourist visa before overstaying and racking up a slew of criminal charges — was first discovered by federal agents while serving prison time for assault in 2005, according to court papers.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents visited him at an upstate prison, and he claimed to be a US citizen born in Brooklyn, the court papers show.

But authorities discovered he had a Trinidadian passport and birth certificate, and he was referred to Homeland Security for “removal” proceedings in December 2006.

He admitted to a judge he was a citizen of Trinidad and Tobago, and unsuccessfully argued against deportation, claiming he was married to an American, the papers say.

The case went to the Board of Immigration Appeals, which in 2012 upheld the decision.

During that long period, his assault case was overturned in 2007, he was released from prison — and he was allowed to roam free.

Richmond took his case to the US Court of Appeals, 2nd Circuit, which kicked it to the US Department of Justice’s Executive Office for Immigration Review.

On July 28 this year, a panel at that office upheld the findings and dismissed his appeal, the papers say.

Less than three months later, he allegedly torched a girlfriend’s car in Brooklyn on Oct. 13 — and was busted for that crime Thursday and charged with arson.

Police sources have said Richmond is also the sole suspect in the murder of another ex-girlfriend, correction officer Alastasia Bryan, 25, who was gunned down in a car outside her mother’s Brooklyn home on Dec. 4. Police have yet to charge him with that crime.

At Richmond’s arraignment Thursday in Brooklyn Criminal Court, Assistant DA Michelle Kaminsky asked for $750,000 bail, noting the suspect was undocumented and a flight risk.

“There is a prior domestic-violence case, and he is the suspect in the murder of Alastasia Bryan,” she said.

Richmond’s lawyer, Gregory Watts, entered a plea of not guilty.

Watts told Judge Michael Gary that despite the fact Richmond lost his appeal to stay on US soil, nobody was moving to deport him. ICE wasn’t able to say why Richmond was still in the country. The agency said it would now work to get rid of him.

“Mr. Richmond has a final removal order,” ICE spokeswoman Rachael Yong Yow told The Post. “After the full resolution of the local charges, to include any potential conviction and prison term, ICE will take custody of Mr. Richmond to effectuate his removal order.”

The Bobster
12-22-2016, 07:52 AM
http://nypost.com/2016/12/22/gal-pal-of-suspected-killer-accused-of-helping-torch-ex-lovers-car/

Gal pal of suspected killer accused of helping torch ex-lover’s car
By Emily Saul
December 22, 2016 | 1:30am

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Shirley Mejia in court
Gregory P. Mango


Yet another gal pal of the man suspected of gunning down his Corrections Officer ex-girlfriend earlier this month has come out of the woodwork — for helping the accused murderer torch a third lover’s car.

Shirley Mejia allegedly helped purported killer Keon Richmond set fire to an unnamed ex’s vehicle on Oct. 23., according to court papers.

Mejia was indicted on third-degree arson charges Wednesday before Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Bruce Balter, where defense attorney Douglas Appel entered a not guilty plea on her behalf.

Richmond was also named on the indictment, but was not in court.

It remains unclear what accelerant the lovebirds used in the East New York fire, sources said.

The 24-year-old appeared bored in court Wednesday, shifting back and forth and playing with her nails as the jurist, Appel, and ADA Joanna Lettieri discussed the case at the bench.

Mejia was eventually released without bail and declined comment as she scuttled to the elevators.

Richmond, 32, is the main suspect in the fatal shooting of rookie Corrections Officer Alastasia Bryan — who was hit five times as she sat in her car in the Flatlands on Dec. 4.

The homely ladies man was found by cops hiding in a closet ten days later.

A high-ranking member of the Pay Back Crips street gang whose rap sheet boasts 30 prior arrests, Richmond is suspected to have shot Bryan, 25, because she had him collared for stealing her car, sources previously told The Post.

He has yet to be charged in that crime.

The Bobster
02-09-2017, 05:09 PM
http://nypost.com/2017/02/09/slain-corrections-officers-ex-boyfriend-charged-with-murder/

Slain corrections officer’s ex-boyfriend charged with murder
By Tina Moore and Emily Saul
February 9, 2017 | 5:32pm | Updated

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Keon Richmond
Paul Martinka


A gangbanger has been arrested in the murder or his correction-officer ex-girlfriend, who was fatally gunned down while sitting in her car in Brooklyn, police sources said Thursday.

The victim, Alastasia Bryan, a 25-year-old newly minted correction officer, was killed Dec. 4 in Flatlands, police said.

Her ex, Keon “Trini” Richmond, fired five bullets at Bryan, striking her in the head and torso, killing her instantly, cops said. He then allegedly hopped into his car and sped away.

His girlfriend, Shirley Mejia, 24, also could face charge related to the murder, sources said.

Richmond — a high-ranking member of the Pay Back Crips street gang who has 30 prior arrests — is believed to have been seething because Bryan had him busted for stealing her leased 2010 BMW 750 after he took it and refused to give it back, police sources said.

Mejia has no criminal record.

The Bobster
02-15-2017, 05:00 PM
http://nypost.com/2017/02/15/gangster-accused-of-killing-ex-fled-scene-in-gal-pals-car-lawyers/

Man accused of killing corrections officer ex fled in gal pal’s car: lawyers
By Emily Saul
February 15, 2017 | 4:50pm | Updated

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Keon Richmond
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A reputed Brooklyn gang member accused of killing his correction officer ex girlfriend fled the murder in his current gal pal’s car, prosecutors said Wednesday as he was indicted on second-degree murder charges.

Keon Richmond allegedly pumped five bullets into Corrections Officer Alastasia Bryan as she sat in her car preparing to drive to Rikers Island for a shift.

Richmond, 35, then sped off in current flame Shirley Mejia’s car, and hid it in a New Jersey auto shop where the plates were changed, prosecutors said.

Mejia, 24, has was also indicted Wednesday on multiple charges of hindering the prosecution.

The lovebirds were originally indicted in connection with an October arson, where they allegedly torched yet another one of Richmond’s ex’s cars.

Richmond was held without bail Wednesday, and faces 25 year to life behind bars if convicted.

Mejia was held on $50,000 bail, and faces up to seven years behind bars.

Bryan was allegedly killed because Richmond was mad she had him busted for stealing her car, police sources said.

The Bobster
09-20-2019, 04:42 PM
https://nypost.com/2019/09/19/man-accused-of-killing-rikers-guard-planted-gps-device-on-her-car-da/

Man accused of killing Rikers guard planted GPS device on her car: DA
By Andrew Denney and Ebony Bowden
September 19, 2019 | 3:36pm | Updated

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Keon Richmond on his way to his Thursday arraignment for allegedly killing his ex-girlfriend, corrections officer Alastasia Bryan. Paul Martinka


A man accused of gunning down his corrections officer ex-gal pal planted a GPS device on her car to track her in the days before her death, Brooklyn prosecutors said Thursday.

Keon Richmond, 37, is accused of pumping five rounds into Alastasia Bryan, 25, on the night of Dec. 4, 2016, as she was visiting friends and family in Canarsie before driving to her shift on Rikers Island.

Richmond tracked his ex-lover’s movements for three days before he gunned her down as she sat in her car outside the Flatlands home around 9:15 p.m., Kings County Assistant District Attorney Olatokunbo Olaniyan told a jury during her opening statements.

“Unbeknownst to her, as she went about her ordinary tasks, everything she was doing was being followed, was being monitored, was being tracked,” Olaniyan said of the device affixed to Bryan’s Infiniti sedan.

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Alastasia Bryan


“He waited and waited until the moment was just right,” she said.

Richmond was apparently enraged over losing a white BMW that Bryan leased for him in her name while they were dating between 2014 and 2015.

Bryan allowed him to continue using the car after they split, but alerted the NYPD in August 2016 when Richmond began falling behind on payments.

Olaniyan said Richmond was driven by “resentment” for Bryan when cops seized the car, and that the “resentment turned to retaliation” — calling his ex up to 41 times from a blocked number before he “lost control” and allegedly murdered her.

Defense attorney Gregory Watts tried to poke holes in the prosecution’s case and maintained that Richmond’s fingerprints and DNA were never found on the GPS device retrieved at the scene.

“Mr. Richmond couldn’t get back his car, so he killed her,” Watts said mockingly. “He had no reason to murder her.”

Richmond, dressed in a black suit and wearing his hair in braids, was in court but said nothing as he sat next to his lawyer.

In his opening statements, Watts said Bryan was killed by an “unknown assailant” and accused authorities of giving the case special treatment because Bryan was an academy graduate.

Trinidad-born Richmond — an illegal immigrant with a lengthy rap sheet — evaded deportation for 11 years after overstaying his tourist visa, The Post revealed after Bryan’s murder.

Watts said police relied on surveillance video from the scene in which the license plate on the getaway vehicle cannot be seen and in which Richmond could not be positively identified.

“Since Alastasia Bryan was a corrections officer, the NYPD goes full gung ho in an attempt to solve this crime,” he said.

Bryan had only just graduated from the academy on Nov. 1, family told The Post.

The Bobster
10-22-2019, 11:51 AM
https://nypost.com/2019/10/21/brooklyn-jury-convicts-gps-stalker-for-killing-his-rikers-guard-ex-girlfriend/

Brooklyn jury convicts GPS stalker for killing his Rikers guard ex-girlfriend
By Andrew Denney
October 21, 2019 | 7:52pm

After just a day of deliberations, a Brooklyn jury convicted a man for hunting down and killing his ex-girlfriend as she headed to her correction-officer job on Rikers Island.

Keon Richmond, 37, was convicted of killing correction Officer Alastasia Bryan, 25, on Dec. 4, 2016, while she was sitting in her vehicle near the intersection of Avenue L and East 73rd Street in the Bergen Beach section of Brooklyn.

In the three days leading up to the shooting, Richmond had been tracking Bryan’s movements with a GPS device that he attached to her car.

He was apparently enraged over losing a white BMW that Bryan leased for him in her name while they were dating between 2014 and 2015.

Bryan allowed him to continue using the car after they split but then alerted the NYPD in August 2016 when Richmond began falling behind on the payments.

Richmond’s lawyer, Gregory Watts, did not respond to a request for comment from The Post on Monday.

The convicted man faces up to 40 years in prison when he is sentenced Dec. 4.