Man arrested in NJ in brutal road-rage killing of FDNY firefighter

December 11, 2018 - 6:28 am

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) – An alleged gang member has been arrested at a hotel in New Jersey in connection with the suspected road-rage, beating death of an FDNY firefighter in Brooklyn over the weekend,

The man, Joseph Desmond, is believed to be a member of the Latin Kings gang, according to the Daily News.

Desmond was tracked down at a hotel in South Amboy Monday night by federal Marshals working with the NYPD, according to sources. 

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Sources say he was with his girlfriend and that the two were both being taken to the 62nd Precinct in Brooklyn, where the man is expected to be charged.

It's unclear if the girlfriend faces any charges. 

The arrest is in connection to the road-rage killing of 33-year-old Faizal Coto on the Belt Parkway early Sunday.

Coto was driving his Mustang along the Belt Parkway when he got into a minor accident with a 2006 Infiniti in Bath Beach.

The incident escalated and a man from the other vehicle beat Coto in the head with a baseball bat before taking off and leaving him to die. 

Coto was found lying next to his damaged Mustang shortly before 5 a.m.

He had severe trauma to his head and face and was pronounced dead at Coney Island Hospital, police said. 

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Coto’s friend says he would have never started the roadside battle.

“He’s a great guy, peaceful guy,” one friend said.

The other car is registered to a member of the Latin Kings gang with a long criminal record.

Police said the vehicle they were looking for was a gray or silver Infiniti G35 with damage to the driver's side. It has New York plates reading JEA 2402. 

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As authorities hunted for Coto's killer, his friends have been mourning his loss.

“He was a very nice person,” Luis Almeda said. “The nicest people you ever want to meet.”

The FDNY says Coto had been with the department for three years and was assigned to a Coney Island engine company.

He was also an aspiring rapper who performed under the name FAIYA.

In a recent Facebook post, he said he was returning to his music and thanked his fans.