POLICE BLOTTER


By Queens Courier Staff |

Guns, drugs cache found

Detectives from the 102nd Precinct picked up a known criminal on a small charge; he gave up an address, and following an executed search, the 102 found guns, drugs and other paraphernalia. The FBI has taken on the case and “they are using the evidence against a major drug dealer in Queens,” according to police.

Man allegedly harassed after truck sale

According to the district attorney, a man was harassed following the sale of a truck.

Defendant Peary Hayes allegedly kicked the front door of the victim’s home on more than once occasion, ripped the security camera from the victim’s property and caused other damages.

He then allegedly sent 20 text messages to the victim, telling him, “I’ll lay you out in a second. My friend’s got a gun, he can do this one, two three. If you see your son missing one day after school, don’t wonder to know where he’s at.”

Hayes has been charged with criminal mischief, aggravated harassment, menacing, criminal trespass and harassment.

104th Precinct

Maspeth, Middle Village, Glendale and Ridgewood

Man sought in bank robbery pattern

Police are asking for the public’s help in finding a man wanted in connection with a bank robbery pattern within the 104th Precinct.

The first incident occurred on Friday, April 22 at the Chase Bank at 60-67 Myrtle Avenue. The suspect entered the location, passed a note demanding money to the teller, did not receive any cash, and fled on foot.

Four days later, he allegedly hit the Bank of America at 59-01 Myrtle Avenue. This time he got money before he got away.

The suspect is described as a male, black or Hispanic, in his 20s or 30s, 5’7", 160 pounds. He was wearing a black knitted hat, black glasses, black jacket and jeans.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS.

109th Precinct

Downtown Flushing, East Flushing, Queensboro Hill, College Point, Malba, Whitestone, Beechhurst and Bay Terrace

New video of serial rapist released

The New York Police Department has released new surveillance of a suspect who is wanted in connection with four sexual assaults.

In each incident, the suspect approaches the victims from behind and sexually assaults them before fleeing. The suspect is described as a Hispanic male in his 30s, 5’5", 140 pounds, with black hair.

The first incident occurred on Wednesday, September 22, 2010 at the intersection of 28th Street and 34th Avenue. The victim, a 37-year-old woman, received minor injuries to her hand and legs.

Incident number two happened on Sunday, December 12, at the intersection of Sanford Avenue and 147th Street. The 27-year-old victim received injuries to her head and face.

The perp struck again on Sunday, February 27 in front of 37-04 Bowne Street. The 26-year-old victim did not require medical attention in this case.

The latest incident occurred on Tuesday, April 19, at 44-35 Colden Street. The victim, a 24-year-old woman, did not require medical attention.

Police just released video of the suspect exiting the Main Street/Roosevelt Avenue subway system prior to this attack.

Anyone with information as to the suspect is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS.

113th Precinct

St. Albans, Hollis, Springfield Gardens, South Ozone Park, South Jamaica, Addisleigh Park and Locust Manor

Rename street for hero cop

Thirty years to the day since his death in the line of duty, Officer John Scarangella finally got his due.

On Sunday, May 1, family, friends, officials and a wall of blue gathered outside the 113th Precinct, at 167-02 Baisley Boulevard, to co-name the street "Police Officer John Scarangella Way."

Scarangella died on Friday, May 1, 1980, when he succumbed to gunshot wounds received on April 16 of that year. He and his partner, Richard Rainey, were shot by heavily-armed gunmen during a traffic stop.

Scarangella and his partner stopped a van that fit the description of a vehicle wanted in connection with several burglaries in the area. It was believed that Jo Anne Chesimard, a career criminal, was in the van at the time of the stop. Chesimard was wanted in connection with the killing of New Jersey trooper Phillip La Monico. Before Scarangella and his partner could exit their vehicle, the two occupants of the van exited and opened fire with .9 millimeter semi-automatic handguns, firing a total of 30 shots. Scarangella was struck twice in the head and his partner was struck 14 times in the legs and back.

Scarangella was taken to the hospital, where the 12-year NYPD veteran died two weeks later. Rainey was forced to retire in 1982 due to the wounds.

The two suspects in the murder, James Dixon-York and Anthony Laborde — members of the Black Liberation Army — fled the state. One suspect was apprehended in North Carolina by NYPD detectives and the Sumter County Sheriff’s Department. The second suspect was apprehended in Pennsylvania by two officers from the Philadelphia Police Department when they observed him walking down a street in Philadelphia wearing a bullet resistant vest. When those officers approached the suspect, he dropped a gun and fled on foot. He was apprehended after a fierce struggle in which several officers were injured. At that time, he was found to be in possession of the gun that was used to kill Scarangella and wound his partner.

In July of 1986, both suspects were convicted of murder and sentenced to 25 years to life in prison.

NYPD adds 44 ESU members

The New York City Police Department has added 44 new members to its elite Emergency Service Unit, a branch of the Special Operations Division. The graduation marks the first class of ESU officers in four years.

The class of 39 police officers, one detective, three sergeants and one lieutenant completed 27 weeks of highly-specialized training, including learning to detect deadly nerve agents, rappelling from helicopters and climbing the Brooklyn Bridge. All officers in the Emergency Service Unit are certified Emergency Medical Technicians and SCUBA specialists.

“You take your place among a legendary team of first responders who have set the standard for police departments across the country, a team that is unmatched when it comes to providing life-saving assistance to the public and critical support for the police officers on patrol,” said Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly at the graduation.

ESU officers respond to approximately 148,000 jobs each year, including barricaded suspects, emotionally disturbed persons, construction accidents and any dangerous conditions in the City. This March, they helped to pull 17 passengers of a fatal bus accident on Interstate 95 to safety, using their tools to cut through the roof of the bus and remove seats to reach them. In February, the NYPD Aviation Unit and ESU officers rescued two U.S. Army Cadets stranded on a mountain ledge near West Point, in gale-force winds in the middle of the night.