A New York man has been indicted for the “vigilante” shooting death of a suspected rapist and fugitive in 2013.
Last year, we reported on David Carlson, the Orange County, New York man who encountered a fugitive named Norris Acosta-Sanchez. Carlson had reportedly known Acosta-Sanchez for some time, having hired him to do odd jobs on his property months prior to the shooting incident, and Acosta-Sanchez even taught Spanish to Carlson’s kids.
In October of 2013, Carlson learned that Acosta-Sanchez had been on the run from police on suspicion of raping a 14-year-old girl in Rockland County. Carlson reportedly called local authorities to alert them, and four days later, after being stopped for a traffic violation, Acosta-Sanchez escaped police by running into the woods.
A couple of days later, Acosta-Sanchez reportedly knocked on Carlson’s door for help. Armed with a loaded shotgun, Carlson confronted the suspected rapist and forced him to the driveway so that a neighbor could call the police. After alerting two neighbors, Carlson reportedly proceeded to shoot Acosta-Sanchez in the arm before shooting him a second time in the head.
Carlson was initially arrested and indicted less than a week after the shooting, but those charges were ultimately dropped due to a “compromised” grand jury presentation. Now, Carlson has once again been indicted, facing charges of second-degree murder, first-degree manslaughter, and second-degree manslaughter for what officials say was a “vigilante” pursuit of justice on Carlson’s part. The Westchester County District Attorney’s Office is now overseeing the case.
Reports say that Carlson was booked in jail on $100,000 bond and is set to appear in court again on April 20.