Wilfredo Garray-Sierra Arrested in Connection with Carjacking, Possession of a Weapon
|FBI San Juan April 30, 2013|
SAN JUAN—On April 30, 2013, Wilfredo Garray-Sierra was taken into custody by the FBI. Garray-Sierra was charged with carjacking and the use of a weapon during a crime of violence.
A federal complaint states that on April 29, 2013, at approximately 8:40 p.m., APR (victim 1) and EPC (victim 2) were in the vicinity of Media Luna Street in front of Condominio Parque De Las Flores, Carolina, Puerto Rico (PR), having a conversation when four individuals inside a light green, four-door vehicle approached them.
EPC was inside his vehicle described as a 2001 black Mitsubishi Nativa bearing PR license plate EIJ-264, VIN JA4LS31H81P005740, and APR was outside the vehicle. Immediately after approaching the victims, three subjects exited the vehicle and said, “This is a robbery, get inside,” while the two victims were forced to move to the rear seat of the vehicle. Subject #1, identified as YCT (minor 1), had a silver handgun with a black grip. Minor 1 was described as a skinny white male with tattoos on his left arm and wearing gray and red Nike tennis shoes. Subject #2, later identified as Wilfredo Garray-Sierra, was described as a dark-skinned, strong-build individual who was wearing a dark face mask and gray hand gloves.
Subject #3, later identified as JCM, was described as a male with tattoos on the neck and wearing dark colored clothes, a dark face mask, and hand gloves. Subject #3 was carrying a lead pipe (“niple”).
Minor #1 entered the vehicle and sat on the driver’s seat, subject #2 entered the vehicle and sat on the front passenger’s seat while carrying a black shotgun, and subject #3 sat in the back seat behind the driver. Subject 4 stayed inside the light green vehicle escorting the Nativa. At this point, minor #1 started demanding money from the victims, and they complied and gave them all the money they had. Minor #1 started hitting victim #2 with the handgun on the head inflicting a wound and said something to the effect of, “We have to kill him,” while Garray-Sierra said, “Not inside the vehicle.”
Once again, minor # 1 started hitting victim #2 and fearing for his life decided to jump out of the vehicle. Victim #2 hit the ground and started going down a hill and hid. The subjects then stopped the vehicle, and minor #1 and Garray-Sierra started looking for victim #2 while subject #3 stayed in the vehicle with victim #1. A few minutes later, the subjects returned to the vehicle and fled the area at a high speed with victim #1. At some point, minor #1 lost control of the vehicle, and the Nativa went off the road and started going down a hill. The subjects exited the vehicle while victim #1 was trapped inside.
If convicted, the defendant faces up to a maximum of 15 years’ imprisonment for taking a vehicle from a person by force and violence or by intimidation (carjacking). He could also face an additional 5 to seven years’ imprisonment for the use of a weapon during a crime of violence.
This case is being prosecuted by Special Assistant United States Attorney Kelly Zenon and is being investigated by the Save Our Streets Task Force (SOS), composed of FBI, Police of Puerto Rico, and the San Juan Municipal Police.
The public is reminded that a criminal complaint contains only charges and is not evidence of guilt. A defendant is presumed to be innocent until and unless proven guilty. The U.S. government has the burden of proving guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.