Luis Cruz, 18, Arrested For The Murder Of Armanis Valdez, 17

Published on May 18, 2021, 4:30 pm
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On Saturday, May 15, 2021, at approximately 2107 hours, police responded to a 911 call for multiple people shot at the rear of 1625 Webster Avenue, in the confines of the 44th precinct in the Bronx.

Upon arrival officers discovered a 17-year-old male, unconsciously and unresponsive, with a gunshot wound to his chest.

EMS responded and transported the male to BronxCare Health System, where he was pronounced deceased. 

Upon further investigation it was discovered that four additional victims were shot during this incident and made their way to BronxCare Health System by private means.

A 31-year-old male was shot in the left leg, a 28-year-old female shot in the right leg, a 25-year-old male shot twice in the right leg and a 24-year-old male shot in the right buttocks and left leg, all in stable condition.

Following proper family notification, the deceased has been identified as indicated.


Armanis Valdez
address withheld
Bronx, NY 10453

Pursuant to an ongoing investigation, the following 18-year-old male individual has been arrested and charged on Monday, May 17, 2021, at 2240 hours, within the confines of the 44th Precinct.


Luis Cruz
address withheld
Bronx, NY 10458


  • murder;
  • manslaughter;
  • criminal possession of a weapon: loaded firearm.

The investigation remains ongoing.

All charges are merely accusations and all defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

Anyone with information related to this incident is asked to call the NYPD‘s Crime Stoppers hotline at 1800577TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 188857PISTA (74782). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stopperswebsite or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.

All tips will be kept strictly confidential.


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