Suspect in NYC high-end thefts charged with gun possession

An alleged member of a high-end robbery ring that’s terrorized wealthy patrons of Big Apple hotspots was held on bail Wednesday as federal authorities work to build their own case against the violent crew.

Wilson Mendez, 19, of the Bronx, was charged with criminal possession of a weapon in his latest bust early Monday, when cops allegedly caught him and others in a black BMW casing Pergola restaurant for victims.

The Beemer fled when cops moved in to pull it over, jumping a curb and nearly striking pedestrians — and prompting cops to open fire.

The suspects all fled but Mendez was nabbed after a short chase. Police recovered a 9mm handgun on the floor of the car.

Mendez was held on $50,000 cash or $150,000 bond at his arraignment in Manhattan Criminal Court, where prosecutors made no mention of his alleged ties to the jewelry heists.

A shooting suspect is taken into police custody at 26th Street and Madison Avenue in Manhattan on October 11, 2021.
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“My client has full faith in the legal system,” said defense lawyer Glenn Hardy. “After a full investigation, he is confident he will be vindicated.”

On Tuesday, NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea said federal charges are in the works against Mendez and his crew, who are being eyed in more than a dozen violent robberies outside the city’s trendiest nightclubs and restaurants.

“The message to these people should be very clear: We are going to come after you with the full might and fury of the criminal justice system, including federally, and put [you] away for as long as we possibly can,” Shea said Thursday on 1010 WINS.

Pergola restaurant on 28th St. in Manhattan where Wilson Mendez and his crew were suspected to be casing out the restaurant for things to steal.
Pergola restaurant on 28th Street in Manhattan, where Wilson Mendez and his crew were suspected to be casing out the restaurant for things to steal.
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Mendez’s two accomplices from Monday are still in the wind, sources said.

Mendez is awaiting trial in two other Manhattan criminal cases, including one for firearm possession for which he was released on $50,000 cash bail.

The robbery ring — who call themselves OED for Own Every Dollar — are affiliated with the notorious Trinitarios gang in the Bronx.

Two suspects attempted to flee in a BMW before police managed to stop the car and arrest one of the suspects while the other one is still at large.
Two suspects attempted to flee in a BMW before police managed to stop the car and arrest one of the suspects. The other two are still at large.
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Wilson Mendez was arrested by police on October 11, 2021 after trying to case a restaurant in Midtown.
Wilson Mendez was arrested by police on October 11, 2021, after trying to case a restaurant in Midtown.
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They allegedly hit Pergola in NoMad on Aug. 19, robbing a 34-year-old man of $100,000 in jewelry, then Philippe Chow a month later, stealing a patron’s Rolex watch and shooting a bystander who tried to intervene.

A Diamond District store owner had $150,000 worth of jewelry snatched at gunpoint last week as he left Tribeca’s Buddha-Bar New York.

During a Sept. 20 robbery, the crew allegedly gunned down Jeffrey Sanchez outside the Opus Lounge in Inwood.

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