Note: This story appears in the Friday, Oct. 4 newspaper on Page A1.
A New York man has been arrested in connection to a shooting on Brown Avenue that took place in January 2017.
Ramon Luis Nieves, 25, a resident of Brooklyn and former Ohio University student, has reportedly been indicted for felonious assault in the case, according to Athens County Prosecutor Keller Blackburn.
The arrest comes nearly three years after a shooting incident on the west side of Athens. Alex Andrews was reportedly shot through his kitchen window at about 2 a.m. on Jan. 19, 2017.
Andrews told police he was making a snack when a person shot him through his window. The Messenger reported then that a shotgun blast of birdshot and buckshot left countless fragment wounds throughout Andrews’ face, neck, chest and stomach, and left him functionally blind in his left eye.
Andrews, the owner of Thunder Bunny Tattoo, later recovered after undergoing two surgeries in West Virginia.
The shooter’s identity remained a mystery, and served as the Athens County Crime Solvers Anonymous’ Crime of the Month later that winter.
The Athens Police Department received help from the U.S. Marshals Service in making the arrest. Though from Brooklyn, Nieves was reportedly arrested in Columbus on Wednesday. He was transported to the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office and awaits his initial appearance in court.
A spokesperson for the Franklin County Sheriff's Office said Nieves will appear Friday in a Columbus hearing that will determine if bond would be granted; in the likelihood it is not, Athens law enforcement would then have time to bring Nieves back here, the spokesperson said.
Nieves is a former Ohio University student, The Messenger has determined, though he was no longer one when the reported shooting occurred.
A spokesperson for Ohio University told The Messenger a man by the name of Ramon L. Nieves attended college there from 2011-2014, but did not earn a degree.
The name Ramon Luis Nieves was credited for numerous photographs published by The Post, OU’s student newspaper, between 2012-2013. On Thursday, several Post staffers from that time period confirmed that photographer to be the same person as seen in this week’s mugshot from the Franklin County jail.
Athens Municipal Court records show Nieves previously pleaded guilty in 2012 to disorderly conduct, to which he paid a $75 fine and served 10 hours of community service.