Police arrested a suspect on Friday night in the shooting of a Williamsburg rabbi’s son that has rocked the neighborhood’s Hasidic community for two weeks.
The alleged assailant, Jaquan Vaughn, 22, and an accomplice, shot Burech Halberstam once in his stomach outside his S. Ninth Street home on Aug. 10 at 12:15 am, after they allegedly attempted to rob him.
The two suspects fled down Berry Street in a white van, but a Hasidic volunteer police force recovered the car in Bedford-Stuyvesant a few hours after the shooting.
The van contained prints that led cops to Vaughn, an ex-con, who confessed to the robbery and the shooting after he was arrested, police said.
Cops are still looking for the triggerman, while Halberstam, 25, is recovering from his wound at Bellevue Hospital and is in stable condition.
Word of the arrest rapidly spread through the Hasidic community after Shabbos concluded on Saturday evening.
Community Board 1 member Simon Weiser congratulated Shomrim, the volunteer police force in the Hasidic community, for doing a “great job” assisting in tracking down the getaway van.
Isaac Abraham, another community leader who has criticized the police for its lack of resources, praised the 90th Precinct’s detectives for investigating the case and swiftly making an arrest.
“This was a quick and good arrest,” said Abraham. “The inspector was given the resources and the Shomrim organization should be complemented, too. Once they had the plate number it was only a matter of time.”
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