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Richmond Hill mom charged with killing infant claimed baby was possessed


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Screenshot courtesy of Robert Stridiron

Updated Tuesday, Aug. 11, 11:10 a.m. 

The mother of a 3-week-old boy whose body was found in a Richmond Hill apartment building’s courtyard last week has been charged with murder after allegedly throwing the child out a four-story window because she believed an evil spirit had taken over the boy’s body.

Rashida Chowdhury, 21, was arrested and charged with second-degree murder and intentional murder of a victim less than 11 years old, the NYPD announced Saturday.

A witness told authorities that just before 4 a.m. she had heard an unusual noise like a “thump” coming from the courtyard at 85-55 115th St., according to court documents. The witness then went to the lobby area of the building, looked through a window to the courtyard and saw a baby lying on the cement floor unresponsive and with an apparent injury to the head. She then called 911.

Officers from the 102nd Precinct responded to the 911 call at 85-55 115th St. at about 4:06 a.m. on Aug. 7, according to police. Upon arriving, they found the baby, Rizwan Ahmad, unconscious and unresponsive. Emergency medical personnel also responded and pronounced the infant dead at the scene.

During their investigation, authorities observed an open window on the fourth floor of the building and determined it to be the baby’s apartment, court documents said. The height from the window to the courtyard floor was determined to be about 42 feet high.

While being questioned, the child’s mother— who lived in the apartment with her 40-year-old husband and other family members — said she woke up between 3:30 and 4 a.m. and took Rizwan from the bed and went into the bathroom, according to the criminal complaint. While she was alone in the bathroom with the baby she said she tossed him out of the bathroom window.

According to court records, Chowdhury said that an evil spirit had taken over her infant son, who had recently been sick, and she was “stopping the pain.”

The mother of a 3-week-old boy, whose body was found in the courtyard of 85-55 115th St. (pictured), has been charged for murder. (Photo courtesy of PropertyShark/Nicholas Strini)

The 3-week-old boy’s body was found in the courtyard of 85-55 115th St. (Photo courtesy of PropertyShark/Nicholas Strini)

“This is a truly horrific and disturbing case of a mother accused of killing her helpless 3-week-old infant son by tossing him out of a window, where he fell more than 40 feet to the pavement and died,” Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. “The alleged actions of the defendant are totally incomprehensible. She now faces serious charges that could lead to her spending the rest of her life behind bars if convicted.”

After performing an autopsy on the boy, the medical examiner classified the death as a homicide and said the baby died of a blunt impact of the head and torso with skull fractures and lacerations of brain, liver and spleen, according to court records.

Chowdhury was arraigned in Queens Criminal Court and is being held without bail. She has also been placed on suicide watch and is scheduled to appear in court again on Sept. 10.

If convicted on her charges, Chowdhury faces up to 25 years to life in prison.

The body of a one-month-old boy who died in Richmond Hill on the morning of Aug. 7 is placed into the medical examiner's van. (Photo by Robert Stridiron)

The body of an infant who died in Richmond Hill on the morning of Aug. 7 is placed into the medical examiner’s van. (Photo by Robert Stridiron)

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PHOTOS: Queens residents enjoy a fun ‘Night Out’ with New York’s Finest


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photo by Angy Altamirano

Promoting greater harmony between police and the people they serve, Tuesday’s National Night Out Against Crime brought thousands of Queens residents out to venues across the “World’s Borough” for family-friendly activities.

From Astoria to the Rockaway Peninsula, each Night Out event included free games and activities for children of all ages as well as refreshments, live music and other entertainment. Residents also had the opportunity to meet with the officers who serve their community and learn more about the NYPD’s various crime prevention programs.

Local elected officials, including Queens Borough President Melinda Katz and Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown, attended each gathering and presented proclamations to the precinct commanders. Police Commissioner Bill Bratton, who made the rounds at Night Out events across the city, stopped by the 113th Precinct’s Night Out in Springfield Gardens.

The National Night Out Against Crime, founded by the National Association of Town Watch, aims to strengthen relationships between law enforcement and the communities. Millions of people across the U.S. and Canada were estimated to have participated in Night Out events Tuesday evening.

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Motorcyclist dies after collision with car in Kew Gardens


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A 37-year-old motorcyclist died on Wednesday evening after he collided with a car at a Kew Gardens intersection, according to police.

Reportedly, the deadly crash occurred at 5:55 p.m. at the corner of Park Lane South and Beverly Road.

According to authorities, the victim — whose identity was pending family notification — was riding his Honda motorcycle northbound on Park Lane South while a Nissan Altima, operated by a 62-year-old man, traveled northbound on Beverly Road. The two vehicles collided where the roads met, police said.

Officers from the 102nd Precinct and EMS units rushed to the scene. Paramedics brought the motorcyclist to Jamaica Hospital, where he died a short time later. The driver of the Nissan Altima refused medical assistance.

An investigation is ongoing.

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Forest Park homicide suspect knew his victim: DA


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Updated June 22, 2:57 p.m.

Sought for questioning in the recent murder of a Flushing man in Forest Park, a person of interest in the case was picked up by police for drinking inside the park on Friday night and was later charged with the homicide, authorities said.

Zoltan Forai, also known as Stephen Forai, was apprehended by police on Friday in connection to the June 10 murder of Diego Piedrahita, 23, of Booth Memorial Avenue, law enforcement officials stated.

The motive for the murder is still unknown, but according to authorities, Forai and the victim were known to each other.

Sometime between June 8 and June 9, Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown said, Forai allegedly kicked Piedrahita about the head and body, then used a rock to strike him multiple times in his face and head, causing his death. Parkgoers discovered Piedrahita’s body on the afternoon of June 10.

According to police, Forai was spotted by police last Friday at Woodhaven Boulevard and Myrtle Avenue near Forest Park. Forai, who was known to frequent the Forest Park Bandshell and Victory Field, was allegedly observed drinking a can of beer, and he was arrested for drinking in public.

Forai allegedly shaved his beard so as to not look like the bearded suspect wanted for questioning in Piedrahita’s death, authorities said.

Forai was arraigned on Saturday before Queens Criminal Court Judge Bruna DiBiase on second-degree murder and fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon charges. He was ordered held without bail and must to return to court on July 2; if convicted, Forai faces up to 25 years to life in prison.

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Video released of suspect in failed Woodhaven stickup


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Police are asking for the public’s help in finding the man caught on video attempting to rob a grocery store in Woodhaven last month.

According to authorities, the crook visited the shop located at 90-11 Jamaica Ave. at 9:30 p.m. on May 24, approached the cashier, displayed a handgun and demanded money.

Upon hearing the demand, the cashier fled into the basement, police said. Seconds later, the gunman exited the store empty-handed.

Officers from the 102nd Precinct responded to the incident; there were no injuries.

The NYPD described the perpetrator as a black male believed to be 40 years old, standing 6 feet tall and weighing 180 pounds, who was last observed wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt and a black baseball cap.

Anyone with information regarding the suspect’s whereabouts is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS, visit their website or send a text message to 274637 (CRIMES), then enter TIP577. All calls and messages are kept confidential.


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Alleged robber fatally shot by off-duty corrections officer in Ozone Park


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An off-duty New York State corrections officer shot and killed a man who allegedly tried to rob him and four other individuals on an Ozone Park street Saturday night, according to police.

The incident took place at about 10:30 p.m. in front of an auto body shop on Rockaway Boulevard near 95th Avenue.

Detectives determined that the suspect, whose identity was not immediately released, walked up to the group of five men, displayed a handgun and demanded the keys to their motorcycles.

According to published reports, a struggle ensued, during which the off-duty corrections officer shot the suspect in the head.

Officers from the 102nd Precinct and EMS units responded to the scene. Paramedics rushed the suspect to Jamaica Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

An investigation is ongoing.

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Woman stabbed to death in South Richmond Hill residence


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A 27-year-old woman was fatally stabbed during an apparent domestic dispute inside her South Richmond Hill home early Tuesday morning, according to police.

Officers from the 102nd Precinct discovered the victim in the basement of the home on 134th Street near 97th Avenue at about 6:46 a.m. Moments earlier, according to police, the landlord heard a commotion coming from the basement and contacted 911.

Reportedly, the victim was found lying on the living room floor with stab wounds to her shoulder and wrist. Paramedics pronounced her dead at the scene. The victim’s identity was not disclosed pending family notification.

No arrests were made at the scene, and detectives are continuing to search for the woman’s killer, police said.

Anyone with information regarding the murder is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS, visit their website or send a text message to 274637 (CRIMES), followed by TIP577. All calls and messages will be kept confidential.

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EXCLUSIVE: Squatters using foreclosed Ozone Park home as drug outlet even after police raids


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THE COURIER/Photos by Liam La Guerre

They just want this nightmare to end.

An Ozone Park home in foreclosure, which squatters use to sell drugs, has been the target of police investigations and raids for years — yet it’s still terrorizing the neighborhood, while the process to reclaim the home is ongoing.

Residents have witnessed squatters exchange money for drugs from the house at 105-17 101st Rd. for about four years. As little as three weeks ago, on April 2, cops busted open the home around 6 a.m. with a search warrant and arrested five individuals from ages 25 to 42 after finding drugs, including marijuana.

Christan Henderson, Hasun and Judith Andino, Ebony Goggans and Troy James were all charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance, according to authorities. But as in the past, even after arrests, illegal activities haven’t ceased at the home, according to neighbors.

“It’s Grand Central Station all day,” said an elderly resident on the block, who spoke on condition of anonymity out of fear of becoming a possible target for the squatters. “All day long you see them coming back and forth, back and forth. I have to have four locks on my door. I remember we never even locked our doors when I was younger. Now I’m afraid. I’m a prisoner in my own home.”

Neighbors say “shady” people rotate as residents in the home, so there is not a set family living in the house. Also, individuals come to buy drugs during the day and even late at night.

The property is noticeably falling apart from the outside and it has been sited with complaints and violations from the Department of Buildings, including illegally converting part of the kitchen into a bedroom.

The dead-end 101st Road is bordered by St. Mary’s Gate of Heaven, a Catholic kindergarten through eighth-grade school, a building that nearly 1,000 kids use for school, religious activities and Catholic Youth Organization (CYO) basketball and volleyball.

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There has never been a reported incident involving the squatters and children, who are as young as 5, according to a school representative. However, the school community joined forces with residents to report illegal activities to authorities and local politicians, hoping stop the problem before any incidents occur. Also, the school wants to limit exposure of drugs to students.

Because the home is private property, the city and cops are not able to stop people from entering it.

The owner of the house is listed as Nicole Absalom of Bay Shore in Suffolk County, according to city records. Absalom acquired the property in 2008, records show. The home has been in foreclosure since 2010, after Absalom failed to pay CitiMortgage, a division of Citigroup.

There isn’t a listed contact number for Absalom, but according to Assemblyman Mike Miller, his office has attempted to contact the homeowner, with no response. Miller is hoping that CitiMortgage can reclaim the house and remove squatters or give authorities permission to lock up the home.

“The only way to really take action and to keep everybody out of the house is to get permission from the owner to do that, but because the owner is not cooperating, we need the bank to foreclose on the property so that we can get permission from them to get everybody out of the house,” Assemblyman Mike Miller said. “We need them to take action. It’s their responsibility at this point.”

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Assemblyman Mike Miller

However, the bank said it can’t take back the home yet, because of a sluggish New York State foreclosure process.

“Because Citi services this loan, but does not own it, we have limited options for managing the property prior to foreclosure,” said Mark Rodgers, director of public affairs at Citi. “As we do not own the property, we cannot legally have squatters evicted. We are working with our legal counsel trying to expedite this case.”

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Former 102nd Precinct deputy inspector bids farewell, welcomes successor


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THE COURIER/Photos by Salvatore Licata

Though Deputy Inspector Henry Sautner is leaving his command post at the 102nd Precinct for a higher position within the NYPD, he expressed confidence in his successor at the Richmond Hill command, Deputy Inspector Deodat Urprasad.

“This has been one of the most rewarding and challenging experiences I’ve ever had,” Sautner said during the 102nd Precinct’s Community Council meeting at the Richmond Hill Library Tuesday night. “It was an honor to work here in this community, but it is being left in good hands.”

Urprasad will be taking over the command in the precinct that covers Kew Gardens, Richmond Hill, Woodhaven, and the northern part of Ozone Park. He has been on the job for 24 years working in Brooklyn and the Bronx. This will be his first position in Queens, but he is no stranger to the borough as he grew up here.

“I have dealt with a lot of different communities,” Urprasad said. “You learn to adapt and do the job professionally with a high level of standards. I like to stop the problem before it becomes a problem.”

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Sautner, who took over the command in October 2012, has moved on to become the executive officer of fugitive enforcement in the Detectives Division of the NYPD. Last year he was able to bring crime down in the precinct about 10 percent and community complaints of officers about 34 percent.

He credited this to the working relationship the precinct has with the community and said that even though he may have a different style of commanding than Urprasad, this doesn’t mean the new deputy inspector won’t have success.

Urprasad thanked Sautner for the kind words, as he officially introduced him to the community for the first time, and said he was excited for the job.

“I always have an open line of communication,” Urprasad said. “I will give 110 percent to serve the communities of the 102.”

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NYPD changes commanders at 102nd, 104th and 110th precincts


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Photo courtesy of 110th Precinct Community Council

The NYPD shuffled the deck among its commanding officers at three local precincts this week.

Capt. Christopher Manson, who led the Ridgewood-based 104th Precinct for more than two years, was reassigned to command the 110th Precinct based in Elmhurst. Deputy Inspector Ronald Leyson, who spent the last three years at the 110th Precinct, moved on to the NYPD Queens North Detective Bureau based in Forest Hills.

Leyson bid farewell to residents, while Manson made his introduction to them, during Thursday’s 110th Precinct Community Council meeting in Corona. Both officials took to Twitter to extend their gratitude to the communities they served.

“I have been transferred to the 110 Pct and wish to thank the officers of the 104th Pct and the community for 2 years of pleasure and honor,” Manson tweeted.

“To my 3,200 followers, thank you for helping me share important info, good work & events of the 110th Pct (I had some fun with it, too),” Leyson tweeted. “As my final tweet – to the men & women of the #110Pct -it has been my honor & privilege to work with you-thank you for making a difference!”

Meanwhile, a familiar face took the reins at the 104th Precinct: Capt. Mark Wachter, who as recently as 2010 served as the precinct’s special operations coordinator. Most recently, he led the NYPD’s special Citi Field command, which coordinates policing at the home of the New York Mets.

Additionally, the NYPD named Deputy Inspector Deodat Urprasad, formerly commander of investigations at NYPD Patrol Borough Manhattan South, as the 102nd Precinct’s new commander. Urprasad takes the reins at the Richmond Hill-based command from Deputy Inspector Henry Sautner, who moved on to the NYPD Brooklyn Detective Bureau after more than two years of service at the 102.

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Jamaica Rotary Club honors cops in southern Queens


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THE COURIER/Photos by Salvatore Licata

When two officers from the 103rd Precinct responded to a woman screaming from the second floor of her home during a robbery on Feb. 10, their heroism took control as they went above and beyond the call of duty.

The officers, Craig Lalla and Gobin Raghunath, ran to the back of the building where they noticed the door had been kicked in. As they entered the home, the suspect ran at the officers full speed with a crowbar, smashing one in the head. In the struggle with the crowbar-wielding suspect, the officers fired two shots that hit him in the arm and leg.

They were able to apprehend the criminal following the shooting but decided not to get the medical attention they needed until they checked the house for other perps and made sure the woman was in safe hands.

“I saw the terror in that poor woman’s eyes,” said Commanding Officer of Queens South David Barrere. “And you guys saved her.”

For their work and the work of other officers around Queens South, the Jamaica Rotary Club used their monthly meeting to show their appreciation for what the men and women in blue do to keep their communities safe.

Along with the two officers honored in the 103rd Precinct, the Rotary Club gave awards to cops from the 102nd, 106th and 113th precincts.

In the 102nd Precinct, three officers were honored for catching a man who had stolen a pick-up truck with a snow plow in the wagon at the end of January. The man, who had 17 prior arrests, took the vehicle to the affluent neighborhood of Malba.

Officers spotted the man taking the snow plow out of the truck and using it to clear snow from homes in the neighborhood, in what police said was an attempt to make some extra cash after he stole the vehicle.

102nd Precinct, From Left: Chief Barrerre, P.O. Keith Douglas, Iaboni, P.O. Neil Conde, D.I. Henry Sautner, P.O. Joesph Cortright

102nd Precinct, from left: Chief Barrere, P.O. Keith Douglas, Iaboni, P.O. Neil Conde, D.I. Henry Sautner, P.O. Joesph Cortright

In the 106th Precinct, Deputy Inspector Jeffrey Schiff honored two officers under his command for their work in apprehending a 35-year-old man while he was committing a robbery on the street in January.

The suspect, along with a friend, used a taser on an 18-year-old man and stole his belt, wallet and phone. But the officers, who responded quickly to the call, got to the scene in time and were able to arrest the suspect.

They later found out that the 25-year-old criminal had already been arrested 35 times in New York City and had even more arrests in Nassau County.

106th Precinct from left: Cheif Barrere, P.O. Bennett Choi, Iaboni, P.O. Vincent Creco, his wife and mother, D.I. Jeffrey Schiff

106th Precinct, from left: Chief Barrere, P.O. Bennett Choi, Iaboni, P.O. Vincent Creco, his wife and mother, D.I. Jeffrey Schiff

In the 113th Precinct, Officer Brett Devine was honored for helping to save an unconscious person’s life. The officer responded to a report of someone who had apparently overdosed on heroin back in December.

Because the NYPD now carries Narcan, a drug that helps to reverse effects of heroin overdoses, Devine was able to revive the person and allow enough time for paramedics to come and save their life.

113th Precinct from left: Chief Barrere, P.O. Brett Devine, his mother, Captain Rod Diattini, Iaboni.

113th Precinct, from left: Chief Barrere, P.O. Brett Devine, his mother, Captain Rod Dantini, Iaboni.

”I am so proud of the men and women of my police force for the hard work and heroic work they do every day,” said Barrere. “Thank you. I know all the good you guys do in the community.”

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102nd Precinct cops honored for apprehending suspected car thieves


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Photo by Anthony Giudice

For busting several suspected car thieves, three police officers were honored as Cops of the Month during the 102nd Precinct Community Council meeting on Tuesday at the Richmond Hill library.

Capt. Danielle Raia, the precinct’s executive officer, commended Police Officers Keith Doumas, Neil Conde and Joseph Cortright for making arrests of individuals operating stolen vehicles on Jan. 26 and 27.

“These gentlemen … have continuously worked over these years, from 2005 to this very moment, they’re still working tirelessly without anything but a ‘thank you’ sometimes, so they really deserve this award,” Raia said of her officers.

At about 12:22 p.m. on Jan. 26, the three officers observed a blue Nissan Maxima ignoring a stop sign. As they went to pull the car over, the driver did not stop and a pursuit ensued.

When they did stop the vehicle, they discovered it was stolen back in December 2014 and made the arrest.

On the following afternoon, Jan. 27, at 3:45 p.m., the officers made another arrest for a stolen car. This vehicle was reported taken from the corner of Jamaica Avenue and 108th Street in Richmond Hill.

Reportedly, the perp stole the Dodge Ram for the snow-blower that was in the trunk. The car was tracked down using an iPhone that was left in the vehicle.

The plaques given to the officers were donated by the Times Newsweekly.

Raia also announced that the 102nd Precinct will be increasing its focus on traffic violations such as failing to yield to pedestrians, speeding, and texting and calling while driving in an effort to lower driving fatalities in accordance with the mayor’s Vision Zero plan.

In addition, Raia said that officers will now have the authority to give out summonses when a pedestrian is struck by a vehicle, and can make arrests when there is injury caused to the pedestrian during a crash. This is part of the Right of Way Law.

“Before, we didn’t have the authority to make that arrest unless it was observed,” Raia said. “Now if you hit a pedestrian and they are seriously injured, you will be arrested. If they are just injured, there will be a summons issued.”

“We want to make sure that people are safe on the street, that we’re not getting hit,” Raia also said.

So far in 2015, the 102nd Precinct has had no pedestrian fatalities due to driving accidents.

The next 102nd Precinct Community Council meeting will take place at a new location. The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 17, at the Woodhaven library, located at 85-41 Forest Pkwy.

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Police honored at Jamaica Rotary Club meeting


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THE COURIER/ Photos by Salvatore Licata

It is not often that police officers get the recognition that they deserve, according to the president of a local civic group who organizes awards for outstanding cops.

Joe Iaboni, president of the Jamaica Rotary Club,  holds a monthly meeting to honor the cops who keep the communities of southern Queens safe.

“We are very proud to have you [the police] protecting our communities the way they do,” Iaboni said. “You all show great commitment and dedication. Your names are synonymous with the word ‘hero.’”

Police officers from the 102nd, 103rd 106th and 113th precincts were honored at the meeting on Wednesday.  Each precinct honored officers who showed outstanding work during the months of August and September and helped to keep the community they patrol safe.

“This is a great occasion where I get to honor the men and women that I am so proud to lead,” said Assistant Chief David Barrere, commanding officer of Patrol Borough Queens South. “They all do tremendous work for our community.”

Detective Adam Gray and Sgt. Derrick Milligan were honored for their work in a robbery in progress where they arrest the criminal and secured a  25 automatic firearm. (From left: Joe Iaboni, Executive Officer Rod Dantini, Detective Adam Gray, Sgt. Derrick Milligan and Commanding Officer of Queens south, David Barrere)

Detective Adam Gray and Sgt. Derrick Milligan were honored for their work in a robbery in progress where they arrest the criminal and secured a 25 automatic firearm. (From left: Joe Iaboni, Executive Officer Rod Dantini, Detective Adam Gray, Sgt. Derrick Milligan and Commanding Officer of Queens south, David Barrere)

P.O. David Gomez and P.O. Andres Gonzalez of the 106th Precinct were honored for their work in catching a car thief in progress with 77 prior arrests. (From left: Joe Iaboni, P.O. Andres Gomez, P.O. David Gomez, Deputy Inspector Jeffrey Schiff and Commanding Officer of Queens South David Barrere)

P.O. David Gomez and P.O. Andres Gonzalez of the 106th Precinct were honored for their work in catching a car thief in progress with 77 prior arrests. (From left: Joe Iaboni, P.O. Andres Gomez, P.O. David Gomez, Deputy Inspector Jeffrey Schiff and Commanding Officer of Queens South David Barrere)

Sgt. Mary Humburg and P.O. Steven Perretta from the 103th Precinct were honored for their outstanding work of arresting a criminal with a semi-automatic handgun back in August. (From left: Joe Iaboni, Deputy Inspector John Capplemann, Sgt. Mary Humburg, her son, P.O. Steven Perretta and Commanding Officer of Queens South, David Barrere)

Sgt. Mary Humburg and P.O. Steven Perretta from the 103th Precinct were honored for their outstanding work of arresting a criminal with a semi-automatic handgun back in August. (From left: Joe Iaboni, Deputy Inspector John Capplemann, Sgt. Mary Humburg, her son, P.O. Steven Perretta and Commanding Officer of Queens South, David Barrere)

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Honda Accords, Nissan Maximas targets of tire and rim thefts: 102nd Precinct


| mhayes@queenscourier.com

In the past two to three months, police from the 102nd Precinct, representing Kew Gardens, Richmond Hill, Woodhaven and north Ozone Park,  have seen an increase in rims and tires being stolen from late model Honda Accords and Nissan Maximas.

In high-theft areas, cops said to etch the Vehicle Identification Number on windows, doors, fenders and trunk lids to make it difficult for thieves to market any stolen car parts.

Cops advise drivers to always roll up windows and lock the car, no matter where it is parked, and also remove valuables and GPS mounts. They also recommend parking in front of houses that have cameras.

For more information, contact Crime Prevention Officer Quwella Brown, quwella.brown@nypd.org or 718-805-3217.

 

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South Queens precinct sees increase in green dot scam


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The 102nd Precinct has seen a rise in a new green dot scam that is costing people thousands of dollars.

Scammers are calling up potential victims, pretending to be from a government agency such as the IRS, INS or a utility company and are telling residents they owe a certain amount of money, police said.

The victim is then told if they don’t pay the money within a certain amount of time, they will be arrested or deported. The scammer instructs the victim to purchase a reloadable debit card, such as a Green Dot MoneyPak, and provide him or her with the transaction numbers located on the back of the card.

Police said true utility companies and government agencies would not contact you demanding immediate payment via the Green Dot MoneyPak.

For more information, please contact 102nd Precinct Crime Prevention Officer Quwella Brown at quwella.brown@nypd.org or 718-805-3217.

 

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