NEW YORK — A New York City doorman was ready to roll out the welcome mat for crooks looking to buy illegal guns at the Midtown building where he worked, authorities said Tuesday.

Prosecutors hit Roberto Carmona and his Tennessee-based associate Harold Floran with a 141-count indictment accusing them of selling 80 guns and ammunition to an undercover NYPD detective, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance said.

“Roberto Carmona allegedly used his job as a doorman to operate a highly illegal, one-man gun show out of the Midtown building where he worked — storing ammunition in his locker and selling multiple deadly weapons outside,” Vance said.

“Mr. Carmona is also accused of bringing his work home with him, selling dozens of guns outside the Morningside Heights building where he lived.”

Carmona sold five guns to an undercover detective at the building on W. 55th Street near Ninth Avenue where he works and 10 at the building where he lives and is the superintendent, authorities said. Authorities were alerted by a tipster who walked into the 25th Precinct stationhouse with information on the illegal gun sales.

The weapons cache included 63 semi-automatic pistols, 11 revolvers, two assault rifles, two rifles, one sawed-off shotgun and one shotgun, Vance and NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea said at a news conference. The alleged sales all occurred this year.


Shea and Vance displayed 54 of the firearms recovered at a news conference, including a .45 revolver, seven long guns and 28 handguns.

“I don’t see guns on this table,” Shea said. “What I see is victims. I see kids gunned down in the street. I see mothers standing at funerals.”

Carmona, 51, stashed the stockpile in his locker at work and sold them to the detective outside for anywhere between $500 and $3,700 a pop, according to court documents.

Charged with trafficking the guns to New York City are Alan Goode, 30, and Melvyn McDonald, 41. They bought the guns legally down south, prosecutors say, and then illegally sold them to Floran, who transported the weapons to Carmona in Virginia, New Jersey and sometimes Tennessee.

When Floran made the gun sales, he was knowingly being investigated by the feds over his connection to the gun used in a fatal April 2020 Harlem shooting, which occurred in front of an 8-year-old boy.

All four men were indicted for illegal sales of firearms, weapons possession, conspiracy and other related charges.


Authorities say illegal firearms that flow north on the Iron Pipeline from states like Tennessee, where guns laws are lax, regularly make it through New York’s porous borders.

Vance, who said Tuesday’s news conference was likely to be his last as Manhattan DA, bemoaned the failure to enact stricter gun laws in other states. He said Carmona’s alleged scheme underscores the need for legislation to impose harsh prison sentences on people convicted of trafficking 20 or more guns a year.

Shea said 1,471 people have been shot in New York City this year, which he said continues to see a “seemingly endless stream of guns.”

“That doesn’t even begin to tell the impact of guns. Instances where shots are fired, and it traumatizes the block. Or you think of someone shot and is lost and how it effects the whole family,” said Shea.

“These are the guns that wind up in 15-year-olds’ hands. And nothing will come from that except devastation.”