MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. - A Manhattan man is set to be arraigned this week on felony murder charges after being arrested following a shooting in Mount Vernon earlier this year.
Bobby Jackson, who was arrested in connection to a shooting near the intersection of Third Street and Second Avenue in April, is scheduled to be arraigned on Friday in Westchester County Court for his role in the April shooting that took the life of a 42-year-old man.
Jackson, 34, has been indicted on felony charges of second-degree murder, criminal possession of a weapon, reckless endangerment tampering with physical evidence. He remains remanded to the Westchester County Jail.
When Jackson - who has a lengthy criminal history - was arrested, Mount Vernon Mayor Richard Thomas praised the detectives and the city’s police department for working around the clock to track down their suspect.
"I commend the hard-working men and women of the Mount Vernon Police Department for their swift action in making an arrest in the senseless murder of Charles Smith. Special thanks go out to our skilled police officers who conducted a thorough investigation and, once again, showed how critical they are to keeping our streets safe,” he said.
"It is our prayer that the family and friends of Mr. Smith can take solace in the commitment of our police department to remain vigilant and deliver justice. Our community stands with the Smith family in their time of grief we are working to end gun violence in our city.”
Following the shootings, Thomas vowed to end this type of violent crime in the city.
"Those who choose to engage in a life of crime will not run our streets,” he said. “We are dedicated to strengthening public safety and look forward to developing a coalition of law enforcement and non-profit agencies to assist in the effort to create a safer Mount Vernon.”