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NYPD busts NYC gang member in gun slay near Bronx courthouse

A gangbanger wanted for a fatal shooting near the Bronx courthouse was busted coming out of a federal courthouse in Manhattan, said police.

Members of the NYPD’s Violent Felony Task Force grabbed Diquinn Lacend, 29, on Friday after he stepped out of Manhattan Federal Court on Worth St., where he faces narcotics distribution charges in an unrelated case, officials said.

Cops charged the 18 Park gang member with murder and manslaughter for blasting James Thrower at the corner of Teller Ave. and E. 162 St., a block from Bronx Criminal Court on E. 161 St. in Grand Concourse, just before midnight on July 15, police said.

“I hope (Lacend) doesn’t see the light of day,” Thrower’s cousin Nicole Glover told the Daily News Saturday. “Let him sit in there and think about what he did.

“There wasn’t nothing that you could tell me that made you pull the trigger,” Glover, 32, said of the suspect.

“We all got time to think,” Glover added. “You got time to think before you pull the trigger.”

Lacend and Thrower were fighting near the corner when Lacend pulled a gun and started firing, cops said.

It was not immediately disclosed what the two men were fighting about.

Police responding to an alert from the city’s ShotSpotter system found Thrower at the intersection. He was rushed to Lincoln Hospital, but could not be saved.

Thrower’s funeral was held Thursday, Glover said.

“Our family — they’re going through it,” she said. “It’s been a long week.”

After identifying Lacend as the shooter from surveillance images collected at the scene, detectives realized he had a court appearance in Manhattan Federal Court on Friday and decided to grab him as he exited the courthouse.

Lacend and several members of his gang were busted in 2015 during a sweeping federal investigation accusing Lacend and other gang members of distributing crack, heroin and marijuana around the Patterson Houses and the Mott Haven Houses in the Bronx.

A handful of other gang members were accused of murder and attempted murder.

Cops also charged Lacend with weapons possession in Thrower’s death. He was ordered held without bail at arraignment Saturday in Bronx Criminal Court.

Thrower, whom relatives nicknamed “Tyrone,” worked as a plumber and had a passion for video games and his beloved pet Shih Tzu, Poppy.

Heartbroken family members said Thrower just moved to the Bronx from Queens, and did not know why he would have been targeted.

“He didn’t have any trouble where he was living at, so this was just an unfortunate event,” his sister Shaniqua Smalls, 47, told the Daily News after her brother’s death. “It doesn’t make sense. It’s weird cause he really didn’t know too many people in the area.”

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