Man arrested for killing NYC drug lord

A Harlem man has been charged with the murder of former New York City drug lord Alberto “Alpo” Martinez – a self-proclaimed “rat” who was in witness protection when he was shot dead last fall.

Shakeem Parker, 27, was being held at Rikers Island for a previous gun case when he was indicted this month on murder and firearm possession charges. on October 31, 2021.

Martinez, 55, was behind the wheel of his red 2017 Dodge Ram, hanging out with Halloween partygoers near Legend’s Lounge in Harlem at around 3:20 a.m. when several shots were fired through the window.

Prosecutors allege Parker arrived in the city from The Bronx early that morning and met his brother at a snack bar near 147th Street and 7th Avenue before walking up to Martinez’s truck and shooting in the door. driver’s side window.

He then allegedly took a few steps back and fired two more shots in the direction of the vehicle.

Although injured, Martinez drove away, eventually crashing into a car and stopping at about 147th Street. He was taken to Harlem hospital but could not be saved.

Alberto Alpo Martinez in an undated photo
Alberto “Alpo” Martinez was killed in a drive-by shooting in Harlem.

Surveillance footage captured Parker entering Manhattan and then returning to The Bronx in a cab around 4 a.m., after he allegedly fled the scene of the crime, prosecutors said. through Harlem River Houses.

Martinez – who is portrayed by rapper Cam’ron in 2002 movie “Paid In Full” – went into hiding in a federal witness protection program in the town of Lewiston, Maine, ostensibly under the name Abraham Rodriguez.

It’s not clear why he decided to return to his old base, and while authorities have not yet released a motive for the killing, police sources say Martinez will be in danger as soon as he is out. return.

* The victim's truck is towed.
Martinez was behind the wheel of his red 2017 Dodge Ram when several shots were fired through the window.
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The notorious drug lord is not entirely secretive about his betrayal of former associates.

He spoke openly about being a government witness in a 2020 YouTube video, saying “I am not promoting being a rat… I am advertising that you are locked up, what do you do? You must do,” Previously reported post.

Parker, of West 149th Street, was arrested on November 6, 2021 for gun possession and police recovered a cell phone from him that allowed them to corroborate his movements on the night of the incident. committed the murder, prosecutors said.

* This is the broken driver-victim side window.
Martinez was injured, but drove away from the attacker and crashed into another vehicle.
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There are also some publicly available photos of Martinez and the crime scene saved on the phone, Assistant Attorney Jung Park said during Parker’s investigation Friday in Manhattan Supreme Court.

Parker was charged with weapons possession again on February 16 and ordered to hold $500,000 cash on bail in that case.

Judge Curtis Farber granted Parker custody after his settlement of the indictment. His next court date in the case is March 28.

* This is the victim's 2017 Dodge Ram with the driver's side window smashed,
Shakeem Parker allegedly walked up to Martinez’s truck and shot in the driver’s side window.
Tomas E. Gaston Man arrested for killing NYC drug lord


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