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Cops looking for suspect in Corona attempted abduction of 7-year-old


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A man tried to lure a 7-year-old girl from a Corona street and into his car on Monday, according to police.

The victim was near Corona Avenue and National Street at about 6:30 p.m. when the suspect approached her while driving a black Toyota Camry, cops said.

He motioned with his hand for her to come to the vehicle, but the girl declined. The suspect then fled on National Street toward Corona Avenue.

Police describe the Toyota Camry as a 2012-2014 black four-door sedan with tinted windows and white New York State license plates.

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.

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Two teens arrested in attempted abductions of girls in Queens


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Two suspects wanted in connection to the attempted abductions of several young girls off the streets of Queens have been arrested, police said.

Joshua Wright, 17, and Andrew Ghulam, 16, both of Queens, have been charged with two counts each of attempted unlawful imprisonment, endangering the welfare of a child, criminal possession of a weapon and harassment, officials said.

The first victim, an 11 year-old girl, was approached about 4 p.m. Wednesday as she was heading home from school near 111th Avenue and 208 Street in Queens Village.

After she noticed a dark-green SUV, with two men inside of it, slowly following her, the passenger, who was wearing a black mask, exited from the vehicle, and tried to talk to the girl, cops said. She then ran away and the suspects fled in the car.

A short time later, around 113th Avenue and 196th Street, in St. Albans, three girls, a 10-year-old and two 11-year-olds, noticed they were being followed by a green Jeep Cherokee. The driver handed a gun to the passenger then pulled a mask over his face before getting out of the SUV, according to police. The girls then hid behind a parked vehicle as the two men drove by them. The suspects circled back and passed the victims again before leaving the area in their car.

 

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Suspect tried to kidnap teen off College Point street: cops


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A man tried to grab an 18-year-old girl off a College Point street Sunday and force her into his car, police said.

The victim was walking down 25th Avenue toward 126th Street around 12:15 a.m. when the suspect drove up to the teen and asked her if she wanted a ride, cops said.

She refused and continued walking down the block. The suspect then parked his vehicle at the corner of 25th Avenue and 124th Street, grabbed the victim around the waist, put his hand over her mouth and tried to drag her back to his car, police said.

The girl fought off her would-be kidnapper and he ran back to his vehicle, then drove off northbound on 124th Street, according to officials.

Police have released a sketch of the suspect and describe him as a Hispanic man, approximately 30 to 35 years old and 5 feet six inches tall, with a slim build, light beard and mustache, and short, dark spiked hair. He was wearing a blue short-sleeved shirt.

A photo of the four-door sedan he was driving has also been released. The vehicle has damage to the passenger side area.

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.

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Man charged after abducting children’s mother in Whitestone


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A man was arrested after he abducted the mother of his two children in Whitestone early Friday morning, police said.

The victim, a 37-year-old woman, was taken about 5:45 a.m. near 16th Road and 150th Street, cops said. According to published reports, she was dragged from her home while her children were inside the residence. The father, identified by police as 37-year-old Jose Lopez, then took off with the victim in a gray Mercedes, witnesses told cops.

Responding officers located the car at Colden Street and Geranium Avenue, with Lopez and the victim still in it.

Lopez was arrested and charged with attempted rape, kidnapping, burglary, assault, criminal mischief and harassment, cops said.

The victim sustained minor injuries and was taken to a local hospital.

 

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Library president pleads guilty to drunk driving


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[Watch] Queens rape suspect caught on camera

A serial southeast Queens rapist was caught on camera as he attempted his third sexual assault in two months. The video, released today by police, shows the suspect approaching the victim from behind and grabbing her around the neck.  The suspect placed a sharp object to the victim’s back before dragging her behind a house where he attempted to rape her, police say. The incident took place Wednesday, December 7 at 2 a.m. near 154th Street. Read More & Watch the Video: Queens Courier

DOE Releases Second Batch Of School Closures

The Department of Education announced this afternoon the second half of its list of planned school closures. Today’s list includes two elementary, two middle, and three high schools. In addition to the closures, six others will see their middle school grades phased out. They include P.S. 161 The Crown in Brooklyn, Academy For Scholarship And Entrepreneurship in the Bronx, Brooklyn Collegiate: A College Board School in Brooklyn, P.S. 298 Dr. Betty Shabazz in Brooklyn, Frederick Douglass Academy IV in Brooklyn and Wadleigh Secondary School For The Performing Arts in Manhattan. Read More: NY1

Library president pleads guilty to drunk driving

The president of the New York Public Library pleaded guilty this morning to driving drunk in his library-issued Audi. Judge Jennifer Schecter didn’t exactly throw the book at Marx – under the terms of his plea deal with prosecutors, the first time offender will pay a $500 fine and have his license revoked for six months. He’ll also have to submit to 16 counseling sessions and complete a drunk driving program, and have an ignition interlock device installed in any car he chooses to drive after he gets his license back. Read More: New York Post

Missing ex-FBI agent in hostage video: ‘Help me’

The family of retired FBI agent Robert Levinson, who vanished years ago in Iran, issued a plea to his kidnappers Friday and, for the first time, released a hostage video they received from his unidentified captors. The video message released on the Levinson family’s website publicly transformed the mysterious disappearance into an international hostage standoff. Despite a lengthy investigation, however, the US government has no evidence of who is holding the 63-year-old father of seven. Read More & Watch the Video: New York Post

Divided Queens Republicans court Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich

The borough’s fractured Republican Party is now divided over who should be the next presidential candidate. City Councilman Eric Ulrich was recently tapped to chair Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s campaign in New York City. Just a few days later, the Queens Republican Party sent out a press release and photo touting a meeting between county chairman Phil Ragusa and Republican presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich. Read More: Daily News

Dead baby discovered at bleeding teen’s home


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Man Guilty of Raping Ex-Girlfriend and Then Framing Her

Seemona Sumasar said all along that she was raped by her ex-boyfriend, who then framed her for a series of armed robberies that never took place. On Wednesday, a jury in State Supreme Court in Queens agreed, finding the ex-boyfriend, Jerry Ramrattan, guilty of more than 10 charges, including rape, perjury and conspiracy. Ramrattan faces more than 25 years in prison when he is sentenced on January 4. Read More: New York Times

NY pair who abducted their 8 kids get 60 days in jail

Parents who abducted their eight young children from foster care in New York City were sentenced on Wednesday to 60 days in jail, which they have already served, authorities said. Shanel Nadal, 28, the mother, and Nephra Payne, 34, the father, of Manhattan pleaded guilty to second-degree custodial interference for abducting their children, ages 11 months to 11 years, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Read More: Wall Street Journal

Red Storm Men’s Basketball Team Serves NYC Community At St. John’s Bread And Life Soup Kitchen

Joined by University officials and a host of volunteers, the Red Storm men’s basketball team made its 14th-annual Thanksgiving trip to the St. John’s Bread and Life Soup Kitchen on Wednesday, serving turkey dinners to 2,418 Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, area residents. Read More: Red Storm Sports

5th anniversary of NYC police shooting; Sean Bell died hours before he would have been married

It’s the fifth anniversary of the Sean Bell police shooting. Bell died on November 25, 2006, in a hail of 50 bullets. He was leaving his bachelor party at a Queens strip club, just hours before he would have been married. Three detectives were acquitted. Read More: The Republic

Dead baby discovered at bleeding teen’s home

A Queens teen was rushed to Jamaica Hospital with heavy bleeding today — and it wasn’t until two hours later that cops and medics discovered she had just given birth, and her newborn baby boy was soon found dead back at the home, The Post has learned. The deceased infant was found abandoned in the second-floor bedroom of a home on 120th Avenue in St. Alban’s, sources said. The body of the baby, which appeared to be full-term, was wrapped in a blue towel that had been closed over with blue duct tape, sources said. It was then encased in two plastic grocery bags that were stuffed inside a yellow leather handbag that had been placed next to a bed, sources added. Read  More: New York Post

Mutilation killer pleads guilty to murdering woman over unemployment 

A Queens man pleaded guilty Wednesday to the mutilation-slaying of the woman he blamed for nearly getting him deported back to his native China. Huang Chen, 49, faces up to 31 years in prison on a manslaughter charge for the January 2010 killing of Qian Wu, 46, in her Flushing apartment. Read More: Daily News

Woman Arrested For Allegedly Smuggling 22 Pounds Of Cocaine Into JFK

A woman has been arrested on charges of smuggling $700,000 worth of cocaine into John F. Kennedy International Airport. Investigators say Dayanet Rodriguez, 32, arrived Tuesday morning from the Dominican Republic with 22 pounds of cocaine. Trained dogs found the drugs in the lining of three checked bags. Rodriguez was placed under arrest and turned over to Homeland Security. She now faces federal narcotics smuggling charges. Read More: NY1

Mets Owners Could Go To Trial In Connection With Madoff Scheme

The owners of the New York Mets could go before a jury for their alleged connection to Bernard Madoff’s Ponzi scheme. U.S. District Court Judge Jed Rakoff said if the case is not settled, it should go to trial. The judge dismissed an argument by the team which said the case should be heard by a judge only since it began in bankruptcy court. Read More: NY1

Queens’ Morning Roundup – 10/26/2011: Couple Who Took 8 Children From Foster Care Face Jail


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Couple Who Took 8 Children From Foster Care Face Jail

A Manhattan couple who slipped their eight children out the back of a foster care agency in Queens and absconded with them for a week pleaded guilty on Tuesday to second-degree custodial interference. Judge Elisa Koenderman of Queens Criminal Court indicated she would sentence each parent to 90 days in jail and three years’ probation. Read More: New York Times

 

Former Queens resident admits choking, dismembering wife

A former Queens resident faces 20 years in prison for the choking death and dismemberment of his wife, whose parts were stuffed in a suitcase which was found by teenagers in a park almost a year later. The Queens District Attorney’s Office says Edwin Fuentes pleaded guilty Tuesday to manslaughter and tampering with physical evidence in the 2007 death of his wife. Read More: Wall Street Journal

 

Report finds Flushing intersection most perilous for pedestrians

The intersection of Union St. and Northern Blvd. in Flushing is the most dangerous spot in Queens for pedestrians, according to a new analysis of crash data. And Jamaica has the most pedestrian accidents of any community board district in the borough and the second-most citywide, the report shows. Read More: Daily News

 

Police Release Photo Of Suspect In Deadly L.I.E. Wrong-Way Crash

Police have identified a suspect wanted in a deadly wrong-way crash that killed a beloved Queens bar owner. Authorities have released a photo of 36-year-old Peter Rodriquez and are asking for the public’s help to help track him down. The crash occurred in the early morning hours of October 15, when 37-year-old George Gibbons closed up his “Gibbon’s Home” bar in Maspeth before catching a cab to go home. Read More: CBS News

 

Egypt to release Queens native Ilan Grapel

The Prime Minister of Israel announced that Ilan Grapel, the Oakland Gardens native and law student arrested during the Egyptian uprisings in June, will be released in exchange for 25 Egyptian prisoners, according to Congressmember Gary Ackerman’s office. Read More: Queens Courier

Queens’ Morning Round Up – 10/14/2011: Queens foster care abductors held on bail


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Queens’ Morning Round Up – 10/14/2011

 

Abductors held on $75,000 bail

Two weeks ago Shanel Nadal, and her husband Nephra Payne were arrested in Harrisburg, PA after abducting their 8 children from a foster care facility in Queens. Presiding judge Ira Margulis, has issued and order of protection for the children and held both parents on $75,000 bail each. Nadal claims she took the children because one of that had been sexually abused in the home of the foster parents. Read More: New York Times

 

Calling all nerds, NYC Comic Con kicks off in Manhattan

New York Comic Con started yesterday at the Javits Center on Thursday and runs all weekend. Day passes have already been sold out for the four day event but weekend passes are still available. Read More: WNYC

 

Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor drugs… well, maybe drugs

Lori Allen a worker at a post office in Rosedale has been charged with stealing drugs from a package that was being shipped illegally. Allen was caught on tape Sept. 10 opening a parcel left on a supervisor’s desk, removing the contents, and replacing them with bubble wrap. Allen says she was paid $2,000 for stealing the drugs, by whoever tipped her off about the package. The ex-postal employee was released from jail on $25,000 bail. Read More: New York Post

 

What’s Happening in Queens this Weekend

Our editor collected a list of everything that is going on in Queens this weekend. Check it out at: Queens Courier

 

‘Holiday Bandit’ pleads guilty to bank robberies

Marat Mikhaylich, 35, became known as the “Holiday Bandit” after committing a spree of bank robberies in the New York area last Christmas. Mikhaylich robbed 9 banks in order to support his addiction to heroin. The bandit was finally tracked down to an apartment in Kew Gardens after a police investigation. Mikhaylich pleaded guilty to nine bank robbery counts and one count of brandishing a firearm and faces up to 205 months in prison and. Read More: New York Post

Abducted children found, claim city abuse


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The search for eight children taken from a foster care facility in Forest Hills on September 19 ended at around 10:30 p.m. Monday evening in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

Police officials say that Shanel Nadal, 28, of Manhattan, and her husband Nephra Payne are awaiting extradition back to New York City after being found with their eight children – seven boys named Nephra and one 11-month-old girl – preparing to spend the night in a van with no license plates. The Daily News has reported that a joint police effort between NYPD, South Carolina State Police and the FBI were able to track the family through their cell phone and swipes on their welfare benefits card.

While the eight-child escape from a supervised visit with foster parents and Forestdale officials was dramatic enough, Norman Steiner – the parent’s attorney – claims that while in the city’s custody the children were abused. He states that the planned abduction was in the best interest of the children.

“The children were sexually molested while in the care of the city,” said Steiner to The Daily News. “You can’t blame the parents for acting in the children’s best interest. It’s a shame the city failed them.”

Steiner did not release any details regarding the alleged abuse but says he fully expects his clients to be exonerated from any crime.

An attempt to visit and interview Riverdale officials was refuted by workers at the agency who said the Administration for Children’s Services (ACS) would speak on their behalf. They issued two statements regarding the apprehension of the family and the allegation of abuse on the city’s behalf:

“It is wonderful that the Payne children have been located and are now safe. Specially-trained staff from ACS will bring the children home to New York City. . . An investigation by ACS is already underway into how the children could have been abducted from the foster care agency during a supervised visit. ACS is reviewing with the foster care agency the protocols it has in place for supervised visits and its campus security system. We will share the results of that investigation once it is completed . . . We are aware of the allegations currently being made by the parents and we take all allegations of abuse seriously. Our immediate concerns are for the well being of the children. We have appropriate mental health professionals working with the children, including experts in trauma and a range of other disciplines.”

The parents will be charged with kidnapping, custodial interference and child endangerment, according to Associated Press reports. Nadal was arraigned and bail was set at $200,000.

[UPDATE] Abducted children found


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The search for eight children taken from a foster care facility in Forest Hills ended at around 10:30 p.m. Monday evening in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

Police officials say that Shanel Nadal, 28, of Manhattan, and her husband Nephra Payne are awaiting extradition back to New York City after being found with their eight children – seven boys named Nephra and one 11-month-old girl – preparing to spend the night in a van with no license plates. The children are now in the custody of Dauphin County Children and Youth Services and will be picked up by representatives from Administration for Children’s Services (ACS).

Reportedly, Payne has family in the Harrisburg area but it was still unknown if they received any assistance from his relatives. Nadal was arraigned and bail was set at $200,000.