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Murder charges filed in August Jamestown shooting

Kevin Roldan-Pantojas

Murder and attempted murder charges were announced for a 22-year-old city resident previously tied to a shooting that left one man dead and another seriously injured.

Kevin Roldan-Pantojas was arraigned Tuesday in Chautauqua County Court in front of Judge David Foley on a five-count indictment. Charges, announced by the District Attorney’s Office, include second-degree murder, second-degree attempted murder, first-degree assault, second-degree criminal possession of a weapon and tampering with physical evidence.

Roldan-Pantojas and another man, 32-year-old Joseph A. Fontanez Walker, were identified by the Jamestown Police Department after numerous rounds were fired between vehicles Aug. 19 in the 800 block of Prendergast Avenue. The shooting resulted in the death of Jesus Batista-Perez, 35, and serious injuries to another man not identified by police.

A week after the shooting, Chautauqua County District Attorney Jason Schmidt announced the weapons possession and evidence tampering charges to Roldan-Pantojas along with charges of fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon and tampering with physical evidence to Fontanez Walker.

At the time, Schmidt said additional charges may be filed in the homicide case.

No motive for the shooting was provided. During a press conference hours later, Jamestown Police Chief Timothy Jackson called the incident a targeted attack.

Roldan-Pantojas pleaded not guilty to the charges announced in the indictment during Tuesday’s arraignment. Foley set bail at $1 million cash, $2 million property bond.

The city man is being represented by Fredonia attorney Andrew Brautigam, who could not be reached for comment by press time.

A discovery conference has been scheduled for Oct. 24.

In a statement, Schmidt commended the Jamestown Police Department’s for its “thorough work on this case, which led to the arrest of the defendant shortly after the incident.”

The DA’s statement also included a comment from Jackson: “I would like to thank the Chautauqua County District Attorney’s office as well as surrounding police departments that assisted us on the day of this incident. Their support in incidents such as these is vital to seeking justice for those involved and the citizens of Jamestown.”

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