Following a seven-month joint investigation between the 105th Precinct and federal law enforcement, a man has been arrested in connection with a deadly explosion in Brookville in July, according to police.
Police told the PRESS of Southeast Queens that the suspect—37-year-old Victor Kingsley, of Brooklyn—has been charged with murder. The explosion, which injured and eventually killed 73-year-old George Wray, was the result of a rigged homemade bomb that was made to look like a postal service parcel and left on the front porch of Wray’s Southeast Queens home.
As suspected by detectives with the 105th Precinct shortly after the incident, Wray was not the intended target of the attack. During a press conference in Brooklyn on Wednesday evening, NYPD Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce confirmed that Kingsley was allegedly targeting an officer who had arrested him in January 2014 for disorderly conduct and weapons possession charges, all of which had since been dropped. Despite the dismissal of these charges, Kingsley still allegedly decided to seek revenge against the unidentified officer.
Boyce confirmed that more evidence linking Kingsley to the explosion turned up on Wednesday afternoon when a search warrant executed at his Brooklyn home allegedly resulted in the discovery of several bomb-making components, many of which were purchased on Amazon after the July attack. Investigators believe that he may have been planning a second attack.
Inspector Jeffrey Schiff, commanding officer of the 105th Precinct, told the PRESS of Southeast Queens that he was “happy that he was caught.”
“We have the best detectives in the world,” Schiff said. “Anyone who goes after an officer for retribution is not only a danger to our officers, but a danger to the community as well.”