Bayside, Douglaston, Little Neck, Auburndale, Hollis Hills and Fresh Meadows
Last Precinct Council meeting of 2011
The 111th Precinct held its last Council Meeting of the year, updating residents on crime stats and honoring December’s “Cop of the Month.”
“This year we’re down nine percent in crime. We’re down in every category, except for murder. We had two murders for the year,” said Commanding Officer Ronald D. Leyson.
Grand larceny was up 2.3 percent for a total of eight crimes for the year, noted Leyson.
“Thirty-two percent, not a small number, during the 28-day period for grand larcenies is due to property left in people’s vehicles and their property getting stolen. It’s frustrating because it’s a preventable crime,” said Leyson.
The 111th Precinct is also down in robberies. There were three robberies in the course of the 28-day period, as opposed to 10 last year, noted the Captain.
“We were struggling throughout most of the year with robberies and a lot had to with non-traditional robberies, where they came from other areas off the highway and did commercial robberies,” said Leyson.
Also during the meeting, Leyson and Precinct Council President Jack Fried honored Officer Jimmy Tropiano as “Cop of the Month” for completing numerous reports and analyzing complaints in the Crime Analysis Unit.
“He’s our computer guy. He has created databases that have helped with the day-to-day analysis of crimes,” said Leyson.
District Attorney Richard A. Brown also made an appearance and wished everyone a very happy holiday season.
– BY NARGAS KARIMI
Long Island City, Sunnyside and Woodside
Police are on the lookout for a suspect involved in a Woodside shooting over the weekend.
Eladio Espejo, 26, became involved in an argument with the victim inside 47-16 Greenpoint Avenue at approximately 5:40 a.m. on Saturday, December 10, according to police. After the dispute, the suspect left. When the victim, a 32-year-old Hispanic man, left the establishment, Espejo shot him in the thigh and arm, police said. The victim was taken to Elmhurst Hospital where he was treated and released.
The suspect is described as 5’ 9″ tall and weighs between 160 and 200 pounds.
Anyone with information in regards to this shooting is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers hotline at 800-577-TIPS.
Police are on the lookout for Eladio Espejo, 26, in connection with a shooting.
Attempted robber sought
The NYPD is asking for the public’s assistance in locating and identifying the suspect wanted in connection with an attempted robbery.
On Monday, November 21, the victim, a 37-year-old woman, was approached from behind as she entered her apartment building in the vicinity of 65th Place and Woodside Avenue. She was thrown to the floor by the suspect, who then unsuccessfully tried to pull the victim’s purse off her shoulder before fleeing.
The suspect is described as a male, black or Hispanic, light complexion, 5’2″ to 5’3″, in his late teens to early 20’s, with black, shoulder-length hair.
Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS.
A skecth of the man police say tried to rob a woman of her purse.
Man snatched iPhone
Police are looking for a man who allegedly stole a woman’s iPhone as she rode the “E” train.
Cops say the incident happened on Tuesday, November 22 as the Queens-bound train was approaching the Queens Plaza subway station. There were no injuries sustained to the victim as a result of this incident.
The suspect is described as male, black, 17 to 20 years old.
If you have information in regards to this incident, call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS.
This man stole a woman’s iPhone as she rode the subway.
Downtown Flushing, East Flushing, Queensboro Hill, College Point, Malba, Whitestone, Beechhurst and Bay Terrace
Help find missing woman
Police are looking for a woman who went missing on Wednesday, December 7.
Judy Nam, 28, of Roosevelt Avenue in Flushing, was last seen leaving her residence wearing blue jeans, a T-shirt and sneakers. She is 5’8″ tall and weighs 135 pounds.
Anyone with information as to her whereabouts is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS.
Judy Nam, 28, of Roosevelt Avenue in Flushing is missing.
Astoria, Long Island City, Woodside, and Jackson Heights
Cops seek robbers
The NYPD is asking for the public’s help in locating and identifying the three suspects wanted in connection with two robberies.
On Thursday, December 1, the suspects approached the victim, a 33-year-old woman, at 27th Street and Ditmars Boulevard, displayed a black semi-automatic handgun and demanded cash and her cell phone. There were no injuries and the suspects fled southbound on 27th Street.
That same day, the suspects approached a second victim, a 25-year-old man, at 24th Street and Ditmars Boulevard, again displayed a handgun and demanded his cash and cell phone. There were no injuries and the suspects fled southbound on 24th Street.
If you have any information in regards to these incidents, call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS.
East Elmhurst, North Corona and Jackson Heights
Man shot at cops, fled
A man who was acting suspiciously and shot at cops is being sought.
It was on Friday, December 2 when two uniformed officers were patrolling on foot in the vicinity of 76th Street and Roosevelt Avenue. They were alerted by a passerby of a male acting suspiciously at the corner of 37th Road and 76th Street. The officers walked to the location and observed the male wearing a black trench coat with a fake beard, a hat and dark glasses. When the officers approached the individual, they asked him for identification, at which time the man removed his hands from his pockets, pulled out a black revolver and fired twice at the officers before fleeing southbound on 77th Street.
The officers pursued the male but were unable to apprehend him. The fake beard, hat and glasses were recovered during the foot pursuit. No injuries were sustained by either of the officers.
The suspect is described as a man in his 30s, approximately 5’9″ tall with a thin build.
If you recognize him, police say to call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS.
This photo, from video surveillance, shows the man police say shot at two cops.