THE BRONX — A Bronx fugitive who skipped out on his sentencing for a seven-month jaunt to Mexico has been caught and returned to serve his time.
Ronald DeJesus Plaza, 25, began a 10-year sentence for assault Monday after months spent on the lam lounging at luxury beachside resorts and taunting law enforcement officials with Instagram pictures of his travels.
“He cavalierly posted photos of himself with champagne, a Glock pistol and driving a Lamborghini,” said Bronx District Attorney Darcel Clark in a statement. “He had even taunted the prosecutor. But he could not escape justice and now he will serve his sentence.”
Plaza fled while the jury deliberated his assault case in December, prosecutors said. He was sentenced in absentia for a brutal June 2014 attack on a stranger. Plaza punched a man coming out of a Kingsbridge nightclub, knocking him the the ground and breaking his nose. He also slashed his victim several times in the face while two other men held the victim down. One of the other attackers also stabbed the victim in the back repeatedly.
Plaza turned himself into police 11 days after the attack. He appeared in court throughout arguments, but then failed to show up in late 2015 when the jury was instructed to begin its deliberations.
While the jury deliberated, Plaza made a post to Instagram, taunting the assistant district attorney prosecuting the case, Karl Miller. He posted a picture of Diplomatic Reserva rum captioned “Salute Mr. Miller, this is good rum.”
U.S. Marshals apprehended Plaza on June 22 in Los Angeles. Bronx Detective Investigators brought him back to New York on July 9. Plaza began serving his sentence Monday and was also arraigned on a charge of first-degree bail jumping