Cousin revealed as ringleader in shocking caught-on-video murder of NYC laundromat owner over $30K necklace

The brutal on-camera killing of a Brooklyn laundromat owner was orchestrated by his cousin as part of a plot to steal his flashy $30,000 gold necklace, prosecutors said Tuesday.

Five Far Rockaway men have been indicted on charges of murder, conspiracy to commit murder, robbery and other charges stemming from the killing of Money Perkins, 37, at his East Flatbush laundromat on Dec. 1, announced Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez.

Perkins was allegedly ambushed by his cousin Ronnie Butler, 46, and four other assailants armed with handguns and wearing large, heavy coats. Perkins and Butler had been feuding since his business, Money P. Clean, opened in 2022, the prosecutor said.

Butler allegedly planned the necklace theft with his friend Louis Mercado, 48, who recruited Mercado’s stepson Zecharyah Slay, 16, and his alleged gangbanger friends Shaleek Riddick, 19, and Diante Stinson, 20 years, sources previously told the Post.

The group of Queens men were charged with murder, conspiracy to commit murder, robbery and other charges stemming from the killing of Money Perkins.

The stepson and his friends were offered money for their part in the crime, prosecutors say.

Graphic video footage obtained by The Post shows the moment Perkins was shot at his Clarendon Road business on December 1.

The footage shows Perkins lunging at one of the robbers – identified in court documents as his cousin – before dragging him to the ground as the other robbers stand nearby. Butler can be seen hitting Perkins’ head repeatedly on the ground before snatching the chain – which he then sold, prosecutors said.

Butler allegedly asked his friend to help him kill his cousin, prosecutors said. Robert Mécea
Diante Stinson was arrested on March 27. Robert Mécea

At least three of the robbers fired, hitting the victim a total of 13 times in the head, torso and leg, prosecutors added.

Butler was arraigned Tuesday before Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Danny Chun on an indictment in which all defendants are variously charged with first-degree murder, second-degree murder, first-degree robbery degree, second-degree criminal possession of a weapon and endangering welfare. of a child, conspiracy in the second degree and conspiracy in the fourth degree.

Shaleek Riddick was arrested on March 27 and held without bail. Robert Mécea

Riddick and Stinson were arraigned on March 27. The defendants were ordered held without bail and due back in court on May 9.

Slay, who faces a major charge of second-degree murder, was arraigned before Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Craig Walker on March 13. He was held without bail and ordered to return to court on May 10.

Louis Mercado recruited his son-in-law and two of his son’s friends. Robert Mécéa

Mercado is scheduled to be arraigned on April 4.

New York Post

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