Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., today announced the indictment of ABRAHAM CUCUTA, 32, for fatally shooting two men in East Harlem in June 2007. The defendant is charged in a New York State Supreme Court indictment with two counts each of Murder in the First and Second Degrees.
“As alleged, this defendant unleashed a hail of bullets on a summer night in 2007, killing two young men for no other reason than to assert his gang’s territory,” said District Attorney Vance. “This case underscores our commitment to seek justice for every victim of violent crime in every neighborhood of Manhattan. I thank my Office’s prosecutors for their dedicated pursuit of justice, and for showing New Yorkers that cold cases are not forgotten cases.”
According to court documents and statements made on the record in court, at approximately 4:30 a.m. on June 7, 2007, members of the “Bloods” gang, including 27-year-old Manuel Sabater, were playing a game of dice with members of the “Crips” gang, including 18-year-old Joshua Agard, in a courtyard within NYCHA’s East River housing complex. CUCUTA, a member of the Bloods, left the game and returned shortly afterward with a firearm. He subsequently attempted to shoot one of the members of the Crips, but instead shot Bloods-member Manuel Sabater. CUCUTA then shoved Crips-member Joshua Agard to the ground and shot him multiple times. Both victims died shortly thereafter as a result of the bullet wounds.
Assistant District Attorney Dafna Yoran, Senior Trial Counsel, is handling the prosecution of this case with Assistant District Attorney James Lynch, under the supervision of Executive Assistant District Attorneys David O’Keefe, Deputy Chief of the Trial Division, and John Irwin, Chief of the Trial Division. Deputy Chief Investigator Jonathan Reid assisted with the case, as did Trial Preparation Assistant Henry Chapman.
District Attorney Vance thanked Detective Joshua Berish of the NYPD’s 23rd Precinct for his assistance with the investigation.
 The charges contained in the indictment are merely allegations, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty. All factual recitations are derived from documents filed in court and statements made on the record in court.
ABRAHAM CUCUTA, D.O.B. 2/13/1984
New York, NY
- Murder in the First Degree, a class A-I felony, two counts
- Murder in the Second Degree, a class A-I felony, two counts