Suspect in chilly case homicide of Brooklyn cafe proprietor to stay jailed pending trial

The alleged Brooklyn pot supplier accused of conspiring with two different suspects to kill a restaurant proprietor throughout a 2011 drug deal will stay behind bars pending trial, a decide ordered Tuesday — as prosecutors revealed he may’ve saved the sufferer’s life after he was shot.

The suspect, 26-year-old Michael Mazur, had requested he be given bail whereas he and his alleged co-horts, Kevin Taylor and Gary Robles, await trial for allegedly killing Joshua Rubin and setting his physique on fireplace in a distant space of Pennsylvania.

At a Manhattan federal courtroom listening to Tuesday, Assistant US Legal professional Dominic Gentile mentioned Mazur acted as a lookout whereas Robles and Taylor shot and killed Rubin — however added Mazur may’ve saved his life if he tried to cowl up the caper.

“The travesty right here decide is that if the defendant — or anybody of his co-defendants — sought help for the sufferer, as an alternative of executing a cover-up, there’s an opportunity the sufferer would have survived,” Gentile mentioned.

“Mr. Rubin was alive when Mr. Mazur entered the house the place the taking pictures came about,” he added.

Joshua Rubin was shot and killed on Oct. 31, 2011.
Joshua Rubin was shot and killed on Oct. 31, 2011.

As a substitute of serving to the fatally wounded cafe proprietor — who had agreed to fulfill the trio of pot pushers for a one-pound marijuana deal — Mazur, Taylor and Robles rolled up his physique in plastic, put it within the trunk of automotive, then set it on fireplace in a wooded space of Pennsylvania, Gentile mentioned.

In his request for bail, Mazur agreed to place up his childhood residence within the Kensington part of Brooklyn, which is value a number of million {dollars}.

Gentile mentioned a bail bundle secured by the home “doesn’t make any sense” — as a result of brokers who arrested Mazur discovered greater than 230 kilos of pot and greater than $200,000 in money contained in the basement of the home.

Mazur’s protection legal professional, Matthew Kluger, mentioned the pot and money recovered from the house was within the basement, in a separate house unit from the one the place Mazur and his mom lived on the primary flooring.

He added that shopper suffers from psychological disabilities and was an “impressionable” 18-year-old when the killing of Rubin came about.

Decide Laura Swain mentioned she agreed with prosecutors that Mazur is a major danger of flight and ordered him detained pending trial.

Prosecutors beforehand alleged Robles shot Rubin as soon as within the chest through the Halloween pot-deal-turned theft in an house in Kensington. The trio then allegedly purchased provides from a neighborhood Residence Depot, drove his physique to outdoors Allentown, Pa., and set it alight.

Rubin owned Whisk Bakery Cafe in Ditmas Park on the time of his homicide.

Mazur faces life in jail if he’s convicted for his roll within the slaying.