Connecticut man indicted in deadly Yonkers gunfire


An inter-agency police investigation into a fatal shooting in Westchester last weekend resulted in the arrest of a Connecticut man who allegedly shot and killed a 24-year-old man in the hallway of an apartment building over an ongoing argument.

Claismar Abreu-Then, 27, of Hartford, was arrested at his home on Franklin Avenue late Thursday, January 21, after an extensive investigation on Sunday, January 17, in a hallway on Fairview Street, Yonkers of the death of Joseph Pichardo.

Yonkers Police Commissioner John Mueller said Abreu-Then and Pichardo knew each other and the fatal shots were the culmination of an ongoing argument between the two.

It is believed that Abreu-Then approached Pichardo in the hallway on Fairview Street and repeatedly shot him before escaping the state and heading back to Connecticut. Before Abreu-Then was taken into custody Thursday, Hartford police investigators found an illegal 9mm pistol and fentanyl pills.

The investigation and arrest involved members of the major case squad of the Yonkers Police Detective Division, Westchester District Attorney, Hartford City Police Department, FBI Westchester Safe Streets Task Force and the Connecticut Violent Gang Task Force.

"The city of Yonkers has made it its mission to use all resources to identify those responsible for the exercise of violence in our communities, especially for gun violence and heinous acts like this," said Müller. “The persistent efforts of our police officers, detectives, prosecutors, and all the agencies involved are testament to the commitment of law enforcement agencies to keep our communities safe.

"This suspect was arrested out of the country within a week. I salute everyone who was involved in bringing him to the criminal justice system."

Abreu-Then was charged with gun and drug crimes in Hartford and is currently waiting to be extradited to Westchester to be charged with second degree murder.

“Thanks to the incredible work of the Yonkers Police Department, the FBI Westchester Safe Streets Task Force and the prosecutors in our office, and the support of the Hartford District Attorney and Hartford Police Department, the Westchester community can breathe a sigh of relief Accused of murder, ”said Miriam Rocah, Westchester District Attorney.

"We will work to ensure that justice can be done to the victim and their families."

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