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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of New York

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Bronx Man Charged With Queens Murder

Geoffrey S. Berman, United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and Darcel D. Clark, Bronx District Attorney, announced the unsealing yesterday of a Superseding Indictment charging JERRY ROJAS, a/k/a “Feddi,” with the January 13, 2020, murder of Vladimir Olivo, 42, in the vicinity of Northern Boulevard and 208th Street in Queens, New York.  The case has been assigned to United States District Judge Jesse M. Furman.  ROJAS was arrested yesterday and presented before U.S. Magistrate Judge Thérèse Wiley Dancks in the Northern District of New York.

U.S. Attorney Geoffrey S. Berman said:  “As alleged in the Indictment, Jerry Rojas murdered Vladimir Olivo earlier this year.  Thanks to the outstanding work of the NYPD, DEA, and the Special Agents of our Office, Rojas now faces federal murder charges for this terrible crime.  I want to specially thank District Attorney Clark for the collaboration between our offices that helped make this prosecution possible.”

As alleged in the Superseding Indictment unsealed yesterday in Manhattan federal court[1]

JERRY ROJAS, a/k/a “Feddi,” is a member of the Black Stone Gorilla Gang, a racketeering enterprise that operates principally in the New York City metropolitan area and in the jails and prisons of New York City and the State of New York.  In order to enrich the enterprise, preserve and protect the power of the enterprise, and enhance its criminal operations, BSGG members and associates committed, conspired, attempted, and threatened to commit acts of violence, including murder and assaults; distributed and possessed with intent to distribute narcotics; committed robberies; engaged in bank fraud and wire fraud; and obtained, possessed, and used firearms.  BSGG members also evaded prosecution by law enforcement authorities through acts of intimidation and violence against potential witnesses to crimes committed by the gang.

On or about January 13, 2020, ROJAS shot and killed Vladimir Olivo in the vicinity of Northern Boulevard and 208th Street in Queens.

ROJAS is also charged with participating in a conspiracy to distribute heroin, cocaine, cocaine base, oxycodone, and marijuana from in or about 2011 through in or about March 2020, and using a firearm in furtherance of that conspiracy.           

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ROJAS, 26, is charged in the following counts of the Superseding Indictment:

COUNT

CHARGE

MAX. PENALTY

Count One

Racketeering Conspiracy

18 U.S.C. § 1962(d)

Life imprisonment

Count Ten

Narcotics Conspiracy

21 U.S.C. § 846

Life

Mandatory minimum of 10 years’ imprisonment

Count Eleven

Firearms Offense

18 U.S.C. §§ 924(c) and 2

Life

Mandatory minimum of 5 years’ imprisonment

Count Twelve

Murder in Aid of Racketeering

18 U.S.C. §§ 1959 and 2

Death or life imprisonment;

Mandatory minimum of life imprisonment

Count Thirteen

Murder through the Use of a Firearm

18 U.S.C. §§ 924(j) and 2

Death or life imprisonment;

Mandatory minimum of five years’ imprisonment

 

Mr. Berman praised the outstanding investigative work of the NYPD, DEA, and the Special Agents of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York.  Mr. Berman also thanked the New York/New Jersey Regional Fugitive Task Force of the United States Marshals Service for its work in apprehending ROJAS.

This case is being handled by the Office’s Violent and Organized Crime Unit.  Assistant United States Attorneys Danielle R. Sassoon, Andrew K. Chan, and Brandon Harper, and Special Assistant United States Attorney Jaclyn Wood, are in charge of the prosecution.

The charges contained in the Indictment are merely accusations, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

 

[1]              As the introductory phrase signifies, the entirety of the text of the Indictment and the descriptions of the Indictment constitute only allegations, and every fact described should be treated as an allegation.

Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Firearms Offenses
Violent Crime
Contact: 
Jim Margolin, Nicholas Biase (212) 637-2600
Press Release Number: 
20-095
Updated March 24, 2020