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Bronx Man Convicted Of December 2021 Murder And Attempted Robbery In Aqueduct Park Walkway

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of New York

Damian Williams, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced today the conviction of RICARDO FERGUSON, a/k/a “Maybach,” for the December 5, 2021, murder of Robert Brown, Sr. inside of the Aqueduct Park walkway in the University Heights neighborhood of the Bronx.  FERGUSON shot Brown in the head and attempted to steal crack cocaine and money from Brown’s pockets during a dispute over drug sales.  The defendant was found guilty following a six-day trial before U.S. District Judge Richard M. Berman. 

U.S. Attorney Damian Williams said: “Ricardo Ferguson murdered Robert Brown, Sr. by shooting him in the head in the middle of a New York City park in broad daylight.  Today’s conviction sends an important message to drug dealers who commit violent crimes that they will be apprehended and prosecuted to the full extent of the law.”

According to the allegations in the Indictment and evidence at trial:

FERGUSON and others participated in a conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine in the vicinity of the Aqueduct Park walkway in the University Heights neighborhood of the Bronx.  In the months leading up to the murder, FERGUSON and his co-conspirators threatened Robert Brown, Sr. because Brown had been selling bags containing larger quantities of crack cocaine than the other dealers in the park.  On December 5, 2021, FERGUSON and a co-conspirator attacked and attempted to rob Brown in the Aqueduct Park walkway.  During the attempted robbery, FERGUSON pulled out a gun and shot Brown in the head.  Brown was 63 years old at the time of the murder.

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FERGUSON, 38, of the Bronx, New York, was convicted today of conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine, which carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison; attempted Hobbs Act robbery, which carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison; murder through the use of a firearm, which carries a maximum sentence of life in prison; and using and carrying a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking, which was brandished and discharged, which carries a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in prison and a maximum sentence of life in prison.

The statutory minimum and maximum sentences are prescribed by Congress and provided here for informational purposes only, as any sentencing of the defendant will be determined by the judge.  FERGUSON is scheduled to be sentenced by Judge Berman on October 9, 2024.

Mr. Williams praised the outstanding investigative work of the New York City Police Department (“NYPD”), the Special Agents and NYPD Task Force Officers from the Special Investigations Division assigned to the Southern District of New York, and the New York/New Jersey High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area analysts.

The case is being handled by the Office’s Violent and Organized Crime Unit.  Assistant U.S. Attorneys Dominic Gentile, Jun Xiang, Mathew Andrews, and Peter Davis are in charge of the prosecution, with the assistance of Paralegal Specialist Ananya Sankar.


Nicholas Biase, Lauren Scarff, Shelby Wratchford
(212) 637-2600

Updated June 18, 2024

Violent Crime
Press Release Number: 24-222