Bronx DA: Bronx Man Indicted for Fatally Shooting Woman in City Island Construction Site



Shooting Was Captured on Surveillance Video


          Bronx District Attorney Darcel D. Clark today announced that a Bronx man has been indicted on Murder and additional charges for shooting a woman who was working at a construction site on City Island.


        District Attorney Clark said, “The defendant allegedly shot the victim multiple times during a fit of jealousy. The senseless incident happened in broad daylight in a quiet neighborhood and was captured on surveillance video. We will seek justice for the victim, who was a hard-working mother.”


           District Attorney Clark said the defendant, Jose Reyes, 66, of 321 East 150th Street, was arraigned today on second-degree Murder, first-degree Manslaughter and two counts of second-degree Criminal Possession of a Weapon before Bronx Supreme Court Justice John Carter. The defendant was remanded and is due back in court on May 25, 2021.


According to the investigation, on the afternoon of April 14, 2021, the defendant went to the construction site on 636 City Island Avenue where the victim, Lizbeth Mass, 52, worked. Reyes, who was acquainted with Mass, allegedly became enraged when he saw her boyfriend at the site and realized she was in a relationship. The defendant allegedly left the scene and returned, speeding on a bicycle. The boyfriend of the victim saw Reyes on his bike and was concerned he would do something to Mass. He followed Reyes in his car and when he saw Reyes allegedly shoot Mass three times in the torso with a revolver, the boyfriend ran over the defendant with his vehicle and he, along with other individuals, restrained Reyes until police arrived. The victim was taken to Jacobi Medical Center where she was pronounced dead about an hour after the shooting.


          The case is being prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Burim Namani, Counsel in the Homicide Bureau, under the supervision of Christine Scaccia, Chief of the Homicide Bureau, and under the overall supervision of James Brennan, Deputy Chief of the Trial Division, and Theresa Gottlieb, Chief of the Trial Division. District Attorney Clark thanked NYPD Detectives Francis Orlando of the Bronx Homicide Squad and NYPD Detective Kristopher Persaud of the 45th Precinct for their assistance in the investigation.


An indictment is an accusatory instrument and not proof of a defendant’s guilt.

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