Trio busted in 2011 cold-case murder of Brooklyn cafe owner

Three men were busted Tuesday for the fatal 2011 shooting of a Brooklyn cafe owner during a botched marijuana mugging, authorities said.

NYPD officers and federal authorities arrested Kevin Taylor, 27, Gary Robles, 37, and Michael Mazur, 26, for the killing of 30-year-old Joshua Rubin, whose burned body was found in the woods outside Allentown, Pennsylvania, on Nov. 1, 2011.

The trio allegedly shot Rubin the day before on McDonald Avenue near Lawrence Avenue in Brooklyn as they attempted to rob him of pot, authorities said.

The suspects were charged with murder in Manhattan federal court, according to an indictment unsealed on Tuesday.

“After years of wondering what led to Mr. Rubin disappearing from his Brooklyn neighborhood, and his body being found in rural Pennsylvania, his family and the community may finally get some answers,” FBI Assistant Director-in-Charge William Sweeney Jr. said.

“The passage of time makes cold cases difficult, but the people who committed the crimes are still out there, and they will be held accountable,” he added.

Rubin owned Whisk Bakery Cafe in Ditmas Park and owed at least $14,000 to creditors at the time of his Halloween disappearance, sources told The Post at the time.

The muffins and coffee on offer at the shop were popular with locals in the leafy Brooklyn neighborhood, and neighbors found Rubin pleasant.

“It’s very sad,” Chris Houghton, president of the co-op that rented space to Rubin, said in 2011. “He was a great guy, just a young entrepreneur with a great business down there.”

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