Harriman, NY - Police: Local Man Arrested In KJ Shooting Deliberately Targeted Kosher Store In Planned Robbery
Harriman, NY - A 25 year old Harriman man was arrested yesterday for the shooting of a Kiryas Joel resident in an attempted robbery outside a convenience store Tuesday night.
Sergeant James Whittel of the New York State Police in Monroe told VIN News that Matthew Bauman was charged with Attempted Robbery in the second degree, Assault in the First Degree and Possession of a Weapon in the Second Degree in the incident which sent 18 year old Aron Weiss to Westchester Medical Center with a bullet wound to the shoulder as well as a second injury to his upper arm, where the bullet exited his body.
The incident took place in front of the Quick Shop convenience store located at 188 River Road in Harriman, as previously reported on VIN News. According to the NY State Police, Bauman planned a robbery at the kosher store in order to finance his drug habit and stole a gun from a family member to be used in the intended holdup. Bauman spotted Weiss talking on his phone outside the store and was unsuccessful in his attempt to get money from his victim, shooting Weiss as he attempted to flee the scene.
Bauman had been previously arrested in June, 2014 on drug charges when he was spotted in a parked car preparing to inject himself with heroin, as reported by NorthJersey.com. At the time of his arrest, Bauman was in his car with two other people and police found 185 packets of heroin, 11 empty packets, three spoons bearing drug reside and three syringes. Bauman was sent to the Bergen County jail in lieu of $5,000 bail in the incident.
Bauman was later arrested by Goshen police when he showed up at Orange County Probation in June 2015. At the time of his arrest, Bauman was wanted by Essex County police on a warrant charging him with Dangerous Drugs, a felony. Bauman was sent to the Orange County jail without bail to await extradition back to New Jersey.
Police said that Weiss and Bauman did not know each other. Bauman, a 2008 graduate of Monroe Woodbury high school was an avid motorcyclist who competed in several motocross events.
Baumann is currently being held without bail at the Orange County Correctional Facility.
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