Suspect surrenders in shooting of Iverson pal Carlos Perez faces charges of aggravated assault, reckless endangerment and weapons offenses.

Posted: April 29, 2003

The man suspected of shooting an associate of Allen Iverson's - and possibly targeting the 76ers superstar - surrendered to police yesterday afternoon, police said.

Carlos Perez, 25, of Philadelphia, turned himself in at the office of his attorney, James Binns, at 300 Walnut St., just a few blocks from where the shooting occurred two weeks ago outside an Old City nightspot, said Capt. Thomas Quinn, commander of Central Detectives.

Perez faces three counts of aggravated assault, three counts of recklessly endangering another person, and weapons charges, Quinn said.

"He intends to plead not guilty," Binns said of his client.

Detectives last week searched the apartment of a woman believed to be Perez's girlfriend. Perez was not at the apartment in the 9600 block of Ashton Road in the Northeast, but investigators found two handguns, a bulletproof vest, and a "substantial amount of cocaine," Quinn said.

Police have not found the gun used in the shooting, Quinn said.

About 2:15 a.m. on April 14, Perez allegedly exchanged heated words with members of Iverson's entourage - and maybe with Iverson himself - near Glam, at 52 S. Second St.

Police said Perez, a former bouncer at a Center City topless bar, then fired two shots from a silver 9mm semiautomatic pistol, wounding Larry Robinson, 46, in his left leg.

Robinson, of Smithfield, Va., drove himself in Iverson's 2000 silver Bentley to Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, where he underwent surgery. He has since returned to Virginia, police said.

Shortly after the shooting, Iverson arrived at the hospital to check on Robinson, who is listed as senior vice president of Iverson's foundation, Allen Iverson Celebrity Summer Classics, and also is an associate of Iverson's personal manager Gary Moore's.

Police spoke briefly to Iverson at the hospital, but he told them he did not know anything about what had happened, investigators said.

Detectives want to talk to Iverson again and have been in contact with his attorney, Larry Woodward, but no time has been scheduled for police to meet the basketball superstar.

Quinn said he wanted Iverson to "just tell us what he saw or didn't see."

Asked whether he would wait until the conclusion of the 76ers' playoff run, Quinn responded: "We're not talking about taking a lot of this gentleman's time."

Woodward said that Iverson "has confidence that the case will be handled in a professional manner and feels it would be inappropriate for him to make public comments about the details of an ongoing case."

Contact staff writer Robert Moran

at 215-854-2759 or bmoran@phillynews.com.

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