2015-08-05 / Features

MTA Motorman Charged In Road Rage Death

By Liz Goff
Police arrested an MTA motorman on July 30 for the road-rage murder of a celebrity jeweler who failed to get out of the street fast enough, authorities said.

Charles Jordan, 46, of Valley Stream, L.I., is facing charges of second-degree murder, depraved indifference, and leaving the scene of a deadly accident in the July 19 incident that killed Aran “Eric” Aranbuyer, 40, outside his Forest Hills residence.
Cops said Aranbuyer was dropped off near the intersection of 71st Avenue and 110th Street at about 11:15 p.m. on July 19 after attending a funeral.
Jordan, who was driving a dark-colored Dodge Magnum, became angry when he was forced to stop while Aranbuyer exited the car he was riding in, police said. When the car pulled away, Jordan flew past Aranbuyer, prompting the jeweler to shout at Jordan to slow down, police sources said.
Jordan, enraged, stopped the Dodge and stormed back and argued with Aranbuyer, police said.
Jordan then stormed back to the Dodge, put the car into reverse and slammed into Aranbuyer, then screeched away from the scene, police sources said. Aranbuyer fell between two parked cars and cracked his head on the pavement. The father of two was unconscious and unresponsive when he was taken to Jamaica Hospital Center, where he died a day later from massive head and body injuries he suffered in the attack.. The death has been classified a homicide, police said.
Aranbuyer, co-owned Rafaello and Co. Jewelers on 47th Street in Manhattan, where he served an “A” List of customers that included members of the NY Knicks and other sports and entertainment celebrities.
Police sources said NYPD investigators are trying to link Jordan to another road rage incident that involved the use of a gun.
Jordan is facing 15-years to life in prison, if convicted.


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