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Cops cuff Corona man who robbed two victims within 15 minutes

| amatua@queenscourier.com

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A Corona man tried his luck at robbing two individuals yesterday afternoon, but it ran out when the victims chased him down and recovered their property, according to authorities.

The 110th Precinct first got a call at 3:20 p.m. Wednesday after Joseph Valdez, 21, of Corona allegedly snatched a phone from a girl who was walking with a friend on Christie Avenue near 99th Street, police said.

The victim and her friend then decided to run after Valdez to retrieve the phone, authorities noted. The perpetrator dropped the phone onto the ground, damaging it, and ran away.

Several minutes later, Valdez allegedly grabbed a phone from a second victim’s hand — this time a young man — when he was chased again by his victim. A struggle ensued when Valdez also tried to steal the victim’s backpack as he was being chased, but he was unsuccessful a second time and dropped the backpack on the ground.

Police Officer Christopher Musa, in responding to the incidents, spotted Valdez during the second robbery and was able to apprehend him.

Valdez was charged with third degree robbery, third degree criminal mischief, acting in manner injurious to a child, criminal possession of stolen property and unlawful possession of marijuana.


Suspect runs man over in Ozone Park roadway dispute: cops

| ctumola@queenscourier.com

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A roadway dispute between two men in Ozone Park turned violent when one of the men ran the other over and dragged him several feet before fleeing, police said.

The incident started just after midnight Wednesday as the 29-year-old victim was exiting his parked car on 99th Street and prevented a pickup truck from passing, cops said.

After the pickup truck’s driver and the victim started arguing, the driver accelerated slightly, bumping the victim, according to authorities. The driver accelerated again, running the victim over and dragging him several feet before fleeing the scene on 101st Avenue.

The victim was taken to Jamaica Hospital with abdominal and back injuries, and several abrasions.

Police have released a photo of the suspect’s vehicle, a light colored 2007-2009 GMC 1500 Series Sierra pickup truck.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website or can text their tips to CRIMES (274637), then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.