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Christmas 'road rage' suspect caught

NEW YORK, May 29 -- It's taken more than five years, but New York City police believe they finally have caught the man responsible for the 'road rage' killing of a young Queens mother on Christmas night 1992. Prosecutors say 48-year-old Bruce Warren is the man who opened fire on the Mascaro family car, after he thought they had cut him off on the Grand Central Parkway.

Pamela and John Mascaro were driving home to Forest Hills with their 3-year-old daughter at around 9:40 p.m. Christmas night when a car pulled alongside and the driver pointed a 9mm pistol at John Mascaro, who was driving. The gunman fired several shots, missing John Mascaro but hitting Pamela in the head and shattering the rear window of the car, raining glass on the girl. Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said: 'This wanton act apparently derived from the defendant's rage at the victim's husband who he believed had cut him off. It was a crime that shocked the entire city and caused particular fear among motorists.' Prosecutors say they were led to Warren when police searching his home for evidence of a burglary he was accused of committing found a newspaper clipping about the shooting. Besides the murder charges, Warren is also accused of trying to hire someone to kill or assault a witness to keep them from testifying against him in the shooting. Warren was arrested today as he was about to be released from the Downstate Correctional Facility in Fishkill, where he served time for a 1995 burglary conviction. If convicted of the murder charges, Warren faces a maximum sentence of 25 years to life. ---

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