On February 23, 1980, New York police announced the arrests of 20-year-old Michael McFarlane, 19-year old William Jackson, and 19-year-old Thomas Aikens, on charges of killing five persons and wounding a sixth in Manhattan, during a two -week string of petty robberies. Authorities also suspected the trio of six more murders, in the Bronx, committed since mid-January. The reign of terror, in what prosecutors called "a very extraordinary case," began on January 21, when Miguel Rivera and his son, 15-year-old Freddie, were shot to death in a Bronx jewelry store. Eleven days later, sales clerk Mi Cho was killed in another jewelry store holdup, co-worker Kim Woon injured by flying bullets. On February 11, the gunmen invaded a storefront attorney's office in Harlem, killing Marvin Jawitz and Edward McCoy, wounding McCoy's niece policewoman Mary Bembry - with a shot to the face. Two days later, Fernando Pagan was killed and Gerardo Lorenzo was wounded in a Broadway haberdashery. Action shifted back to the Bronx on February 18, with Herberto Mercado, William Perez, and Luis Rodriguez fatally wounded in another jewelry store. The following day, Fahmishah Qandri was shot and killed in a Manhattan clothing store. On February 22, officers found McFarlane and Aikens loitering outside an apartment building, where a male victim named Palen had just been shot to death. The suspects ran in opposite directions at the sight of uniforms, but they were swiftly captured and disarmed. William Jackson was picked up next morning, and by February 29, six more murder charges had been filed in the Bronx. On July 30, 1980, Jackson pled guilty on four counts of second-degree murder and three counts of first-degree murder, drawing multiple concurrent terms of 25 years to life. His two accomplices were subsequently convicted and sentenced to similar terms.