Arrest Made in Killing of Clerk Recently Granted U.S. Citizenship

By Eric Klein 
eklein@bronxjusticenews.com

Homicide detectives on Wednesday arrested the ski-mask clad gunman they say shot and killed a Bronx bodega worker last week, police said.

Leonard Nieves, 33, said nothing as he entered B&A Gourmet Deli, on Brook Avenue at 137th Street in Mott Haven, and fatally shot Yehya Almontaser in his chest shortly after 6:30 p.m. Friday, according to the NYPD.

Nieves, who police say walked with a cane as he entered the store, is charged with murder, manslaughter and gun possession. Police have not publicly stated a motive for the killing.

The accused gunman’s attorney could not immediately be reached for comment.

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Eric Klein is an editor for Bronx Justice News. Born and bred in the Bronx, he lives on the Grand Concourse, where at least one member of his family has resided every year since the 1930s. Eric has two sons and, like them, is a die-hard New York Yankees fan.