MORNINGSIDE HEIGHTS — The suspect who was on the lam for nearly a month after allegedly shooting three men at point-blank range inside a BMW near Columbia University earlier this month told cops he recognized himself in the video surveillance from the murder scene, according to his criminal complaint.
"I saw myself on TV,"Roberto Nunez, 30, of the Bronx, being collared at his brother's Bronx home Saturday, according to the criminal complaint released after Nunez' arraignment at Manhattan Criminal Court Sunday.
Video surveillance showed Nunez calmly leaving the vehicle, closing the door behind him, and discarding a bloody shirt in a trash can, which police later recovered and matched the DNA to Nunez, according to the criminal complaint. Cops nabbed Nunez Saturday morning at his brother's home in the Bronx, officials said.
Nunez did not offer a plea before Judge Arthur F. Engoron at the arraignment Sunday, and reappears in court to face a grand jury on Thursday, June 27.
Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly praised the work of the NYPD on Saturday.
"Detectives assigned to this case did a masterful job, relentlessly working it to apprehend a suspect who initially appeared so calm, collected, and out of reach," Kelly said.
In Nunez's Concourse Village neighborhood, residents were surprised to learn of his alleged connection to the brutal crime.
Milton Dixon, 62, the superintendent in Nunez's building, said Nunez had been nicer to him than many of his neighbors at 928 College Ave.
"He was a composed person, he never seemed to be aggressive," said Dixon. "He didn't have that type of behavior. When I worked for him in his apartment I never had a problem, unlike some of the other tenants."
Nobody answered the door at Nunez's apartment, and a man at the rental building where police arrested Nunez, just two blocks away, said he didn't know anything about the crime or arrest.