Police, Red Hook Houses

Tony Sterling’s alleged killers in custody, by George Fiala

CORRECTION: Mr. Boomer who was apprehended in Virginia is the father of the Bobby Boomer who was arrested for a shooting two years ago. We have corrected the error in the story below.

 

Bobby Boomer, Red Hook resident and alleged shooter of Tony Sterling on October 5th, was apprehended in Virginia and is in custody, being held  at the 76th Precinct station house on Union Street. 

Tony Sterling's daughter outside Calvary Church on the day of his funeral.
One of Tony Sterling’s daughter’s outside Calvary Church prior to his funeral.

Detective Ware at the 76th was assigned the case back in October and finally located Boomer in Virginia. He and a few other detectives went down to Virginia to pick him up and bring him back to Brooklyn, where he is now undergoing questioning at the precinct.

Ware stated to this reporter that there were two suspects, and both are now in custody. The other suspect was apprehended in the neighborhood and is being held at Riker’s Island pending trial. There will be a grand jury hearing on Thursday, after which more details will be released to the press.

Boomer’s family  has a history of guns and arrests. Boomer’s son. also named Bobby, was arrested for shooting at two police officers two years ago. From a July 12, 2012, NY Post article:

“The suspect – later identified as Bobby Boomer, 20 – fled once he spotted the cops, who pursued him into the Red Hook East housing project.

During the foot chase, Boomer turned and squeezed off one round, police said.

The bullet missed its mark and neither cop was wounded.

The bandit ditched his .45 Smith and Wesson semi-automatic handgun inside the doorway of 21 Mill Street, ran up to the roof, then scampered to the roof of adjoining 15 Mill Street, a connecting part of the development, cops said.

Boomer then ducked into a sixth-floor apartment and hid under the bed, which is where he was cornered and arrested by officers from the NYPD Emergency Services Unit.

Pizzarro is a seven-year veteran and Walsh has been on the force five years.

Cops also recovered Boomer’s gun, which they said had been reported stolen in Georgia.

Law-enforcement sources said Boomer belongs to the Mad Dog Crew, a gang that has been terrorizing Red Hook residents. He was busted in 2009 for pot possession and is on probation in Pennsylvania for a drug sale, the sources added. Boomer has been charged with attempted murder of a police officer, criminal possession of a stolen weapon, and criminal trespass.”

People who knew Tony Sterling, well loved in Red Hook his whole life, are happy that the precinct was able to solve the case.  CheaButtery Brown, in a Facebook posting wrote: “ Well…if they didn’t close the case they would be screaming that the police didn’t do their job… good job, 76th Squad!”

Mourner's at Tony Sterling's Funeral at Calvary Church.
Mourner’s at Tony Sterling’s Funeral at Calvary Church.
Council member Carlos Menchaca consoles the family at the funeral.
Council member Carlos Menchaca consoles the family at the funeral.

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25 Comments

  1. Wrong info on son and father….. The son is already incarcarated for the 2012 incident,the father is the one connected with the killing.

  2. Reporterer? Do you read your writing before posting?

  3. What does the son story have 2 do with anything,& whoever did the report should be ashamed 2 be a reporter this was so sloppy & a mess all in one,before you write a story about something get the facts right!!!!!

  4. Still u publish this article without checking your facts, boomer did not shoot at the police on July 12,2012 the police lied check out his charge online for free lazy reporterer

  5. This is completely unprofessional and slander. Bobby Boomer (son) was not convicted of attempted murder. Those charges against him were dropped when it became aparent that the police lied (under oath.)

    You’ve posted a whole article that is completely irrelevant to the story that you are “reporting.” If you want to report the news, you need to get your information from someone aside from the 76th precinct. They are unreliable.

    • gbrook@pipeline.com

      It is our understanding that Bobby Boomer (son) is presently serving a prison sentence. Our information on this is not from the 76th Precinct, but from neighborhood sources. If we are wrong, or do not have all the facts, we would love more information. Thank you.

      • A little research (New York state inmate lookup) could have shown you that he’s serving a sentance for a gun charge (not shooting at police) which was suggested in the above article. That’s a great way to back up “neighborhood sources” -by checking the facts.

  6. gbrook@pipeline.com

    Well, that’s interesting to know. We never did say in the article what the outcome of that case was, but it’s good to know. Thank you.

  7. right on meg

  8. I understand all the information u think u have . What about the names u are slandering this is sick and just wrong. Let’s work on fact’s. Thank you

  9. Without your slander of bobby boomer jr. here is your report….Detective Ware at the 76th was assigned the case back in October and finally located Boomer in Virginia. He and a few other detectives went down to Virginia to pick him up and bring him back to Brooklyn, where he is now undergoing questioning at the precinct.

    Ware stated to this reporter that there were two suspects, and both are now in custody. The other suspect was apprehended in the neighborhood and is being held at Riker’s Island pending trial. There will be a grand jury hearing on Thursday, after which more details will be released to the press. SEE DONE

  10. Right they should just pay u Ms. Wrong

  11. Perhaps in light of the misinformation in this story and the current events surrounding Mike Brown and Eric Garner, the Red Hook Star-Revue could do a story about the police misconduct that young black men who live in Red Hook face every day. If so, I’d be happy to connect you to any number of young men who would be willing to tell their story. If you’re interested, please feel free to contact me by email.

  12. This article have a lot of you ppl upset and debating nonsense. when it comes down to it Both father and son are TERRORS and they both have history with the law!!! Red hook neighbors should be happy that these two are off the street. They need to finish cleaning up the rest of the GARBAGE petty “thugs” in Red hook. Neither Bobbys are good for the community . Deal with it!!!

  13. I totally agree with you meg.I think the star has a journalistic, and moral responsibility to be fair and balanced. Especially at a time when emotions in black communities all over the country are running so high. I think the star should rewrite this article. I feel the story there looking for is in these 15 comments. I am disappoint that the star has not yet removed the story about bobby jr. and even more, amazed that they would miss an opportunity to run a story that would shed some light on the nypd cops who lied under oath(At boomers trial).Clearly this is not good reporting from a news paper reporting for The community of red hook.

  14. Thank you for your work Meghan, it does make a difference too bobby jr. and the countless youth in the red hook community.

  15. LET ME TELL EM..We have a judicial system for both Bobbies. I don’t think anyone said that these two are saints, The problem is we don’t wait for the facts to come out in court before they are convicted.The news media play a large part in that. These days our black men don’t even make it to the court room, .Thats a problem. Police officers going so far as to lie and say they were shot at.That’s a problem. We can go back and forth all night, We already know we cant trust the criminals, but it is more frightening to me knowing we cant trust the police whom are suppose to protect us, and not to mention the news organizations where we get our info from

  16. Garbage is something I would never say . Father and son are not perfect neither you or me. We don’t have the last say so and we can’t judge. Deal with that . what I really would like to know is what is nonsense to you the fact that the information is incorrect or the fact that these black men are being accused of things that they didn’t do. With that being said

  17. Garbage is something I would never say . Father and son are not perfect neither you or me. We don’t have the last say so and we can’t judge. Deal with that . what I really would like to know is what is nonsense to you the fact that the information is incorrect or the fact that these black men are being accused of things that they didn’t do. With that being said I think u want people just to see it as they have a record so they are already guilty. That’s what’s wrong with this world now no one wants to give them a second chance at life. They are humans to .

  18. To: All peoples, who thought it right and justified to speak up! For not the fact he’s my son, but the truth. He & son; are human beings who must be tried and found guilty in a court of law, not by the local neighborhood, gossipers, and nay-sayer’s , but by the truth and the facts, not rumors and gossip, or people who want to be on the news, or in the news. Let the case be tried, by the judicial system. So again thanks, to all of you who were concerned enough to speak up. God bless all man kind, not just my family, cause we all apart of God’s family through His blood. May His grace, mercy & peace be upon you… Meghan, Ms. Upset, Wrong,Tell em, and all others who know wrong from right. My grandson; Bobby, has nothing to do with his father’s case. He was convicted for a gun charge and found guilty as such, not shooting @ police officers. Thank you very much. My son, Bobby Sr. is innocent, until proven guilty in a court of law. My heart and prayers go out to the family of Tony Sterling, not just today, but from the day of his death. Im of peace, not violence no matter who is involved. I pray for all of mankind! All over the world, we need to bring peace back into our society, not guns, violence, or any other kind of terror. Everyone has something at stake, our children, and grandchildren is the future, we need to help in anyway positive that will help influence, and shape their minds. Amen

  19. @all u haters I knew Bobby boomer SR for years I don’t know a better man!!! plz don’t believe everything u read how can u judge someone u don’t know or have never had a chance to meet? I will always love him no matter what u feeble minded people think if I had a son I would want him to be just like him u people have no clue its cool!!!! U CAN’T KEEP A GOOD MAN DOWN

  20. I do know one thing about Bobby Boomer, he is a piece of shit..he costed me and my family 50000.00 because in ran on bond in Louisiana, and i had to paid that money.. i hope he never return to the streets..

    From:
    Mr. Bailbondman