Queens, NY - MTA-Train Operator Arrested In Hit And Run Death Of Famed Jewish Jeweler
Queens, NY - An MTA train operator has been charged in the hit and run death of a Manhattan jeweler following an argument in Queens earlier this month.
The Queens district attorney says 46-year-old Charles Jordan is being charged with murder, manslaughter and other charges in the July 19 death of Aron Aranbayev.
As reported earlier by VIN news, the 40-year-old victim had just gotten out of a vehicle near his home in Forest Hills when Jordan drove up and got into a heated argument with him. They say Jordan slammed his vehicle into Aranbayev and sped away. The victim hit his head and died.
Prosecutors say Jordan is to be arraigned later Thursday. Information on his lawyer was not immediately available.
Jordan faces up to 25 years to life in prison if convicted.
Aranbayev, a third generation jeweler, was one of the founders of Rafaello and Co, a 47th Street jewelry business known for its extravagant designs. Aranbayev, who was known as Eric at work, came with his extended family from Uzbekistan in 1985, looking for a better life, building their business through blood, sweat and tears.
Aranbayev’s funeral was held at the Bukharian Jewish Center in Forest Hills.
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