Man who threatened to shoot parole officer is suspect in 2019 mass shooting at Old Timers Day festival in Brownsville: feds

Noah Goldberg, New York Daily News
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A man accused of threatening to shoot his parole officer was identified by federal prosecutors as a suspect in a 2019 mass shooting at a popular Brooklyn street festival, according to court papers filed Monday.

Though the feds have not charged Keith Levy with any crimes related to the bullet-riddled rampage by several gunmen that left one man dead and wounded 11 revelers at the annual Old Timers Day event in Brownsville, they provided evidence against him in a separate federal case in which he allegedly threatened his parole officer.

Levy admitted to being at the music fest while on a recorded call to a friend on Rikers Island the day after the July 27, 2019 shooting, according to the documents filed in Brooklyn Federal Court. During the call, Levy told the unidentified inmate that the man killed, Jason Pagan, was a friend of his.

Levy “also said on the call that his group ‘f--ked up’ and that Pagan ‘wasn’t ready,’” the feds wrote in the papers. “When the Rikers Island inmate said he had ‘heard you did your thing too,’ [Levy] responded by saying ‘you already know how we play, n---a.’”

Levy emerged as a suspect ibecause of the phone call and after an eyewitness picked him out of a photo array as one of the gunmen.

Police also found a .40 caliber gun at the apartment of Levy’s mother that matched shell casings found at the scene of the shooting, according to the feds.

The man charged with killing Pagan, Kyle Williams, was arrested in October 2019. Levy denied involvement in the shooting during an August interview with cops.

At the time of the Brownsville incident, he was on parole for attempted murder after shooting into a crowd in Binghamton, N.Y., and wounding several bystanders. He was released from prison in May 2019, two months before the Old Timers Day shooting.

Levy, who has threatened his New York State parole officer on several occasions, was arrested in February after telling her on a phone call that he wanted to get a gun and shoot her in the face, according to the feds. He is currently being held at Brooklyn’s Metropolitan Detention Center.

Federal prosecutors say his connection to the Brownsville shooting — as well as his past violent convictions — are relevant in the case because it shows the threat to the parole officer’s life was real.

Levy is set to go on trial on Dec. 14.

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