JAMESTOWN, NY (WNY News Now) – The 22-year-old accused of gunning down a man in broad daylight last month on Jamestown’s northside has been charged with murder in the case.
Chautauqua County District Attorney Jason Schmidt announced that Kevin Roldan-Pantojas was formally charged with murder on Tuesday afternoon in connection with the killing of 35-year-old Jesus Batista-Perez.
Batista-Perez, along with another man, were shot during a drive-by shooting in the area of 850 Prendergast Avenue on Friday August 20. Batista-Perez, police said, died at the scene.
A black four door Toyota sedan was identified as a suspect vehicle in this case.
Investigators with the Jamestown Police Department arrested Roldan-Pantojas, along with another suspect, following the incident; however, until now charges connected to the alleged killing were not formally filed.
Pantojas was arraigned on a five count indictment in Chautauqua County Court with bail set at one million dollars cash or two million property bond.
He faces charges of second-degree murder, a class A-I felony, second-degree attempted murder, a class B felony, first-degree assault in the, a class B felony, second-degree criminal possession of a weapon in, a class C felony, and tampering with physical evidence, a class E felony.
Pantojas, who is represented by Fredonia attorney Andrew Brautigam, is due back in court on October 24th for a discovery conference.
Jamestown Police Chief Tim Jackson said in a statement following the news, “I would like to thank the Chautauqua County District Attorney’s office as well as surrounding police departments that assisted us on the day of this incident. Their support in incidents such as these is vital to seeking justice for those involved and the citizens of Jamestown.”