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DA Hynes Announces Indictment in Murder Attempt on Israel Halberstam in Boro Park

da hynes.jpgKings County District Attorney Charles J. Hynes today announced the indictment of Yung Tang, 38, who is charged with using a homemade bomb, in an attempt to kill a tenant he wanted to evict from a commercial building, in 2002.

Charges against Tang include Attempted Murder in the Second Degree, Assault in the First Degree, Arson in the Second Degree, and Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the First Degree. He faces up to 50 years in prison.

On March 24, 2002, Israel Halberstam left his Borough Park home and noticed a bag next to the driver-side door of his minivan. When he attempted to kick the bag out of the way, it exploded. As a result of the incident, Halberstam lost his leg.

The indictment alleges Tang planted the bomb to kill Halberstam, because Halberstam owed Tang approximately $100,000 in unpaid rent, for commercial space, at 6508 6th Avenue. Halberstam used the space as a showroom for his electronics business.

The NYPD Arson and Explosion Squad and Bomb Squad investigated the case, with
the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Rackets Division.

Assistant District Attorneys Joseph DiBenedetto and Gavin Miles are prosecuting the case. Deputy District Attorney Joe Petrosino and Chief Counsel to the Rackets Division Monique Ferrell also worked on the case. Michael Vecchione is Chief of the Rackets Division.

(YWN Desk)

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