2018-02-14 / Features

MTA Motorman Convicted In Jeweler Road Rage Death

BY LIZ GOFF

A suspended MTA motorman has been convicted of manslaughter and other charges in the road-rage murder of a celebrity Manhattan jeweler.

Charles Jordan, 48, of Valley Stream, LI, is facing 25 years behind bars in the hit-and-run death of Aran “Eric” Aranbuyer.

According to trial testimony, Jordan was driving a dark blue, 2005 Dodge Magnum at about 11:15 pm on July 19, 2015 when Aranbuyer was dropped off near 71st Avenue and 110th Street after attending a funeral.

Jordan became angry when he was forced to stop while Aranbuyer exited the car he was riding in, and when the car pulled away, Jordan flew past Aranbuyer, prompting the jeweler to shout at Jordan to slow down.

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, slammed into Aranbuyer and screeched away from the scene.

Aranbuyer a father of two, fell between two parked cars and cracked his head on the pavement. He was unconscious and unresponsive when he was taken to Jamaica Hospital Center, where he died a day later from a skull fracture, brain damage and other injuries he suffered in the attack.

Aranbuyer co-owned Rafaello and Co. Jewelers on 47th Street in Manhattan, where he served A-List customers that included members of the NY Knicks and other sports and entertainment celebrities.

A jury in Queens Supreme Court convicted Jordan of felony manslaughter and felony leaving the scene of an incident on February 9, prosecutors said. Sentencing has been scheduled for March 12.

“After weighing all the evidence, including video surveillance of the fatal encounter, the defendant was found guilty of manslaughter,” Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. “The victim’s death rose out of a petty dispute on a residential street that ended with a 40-yearold man fatally injured.”

According to DA Brown, the defendant drove his vehicle weighing more than a 1,000 pounds into the victim and knocked him to the ground, where he hit his head.

“This was a senseless and violent death that could have easily been avoided,” said Brown.

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