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102nd Precinct Council Meeting


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At the 102nd Precinct Community Council meeting on Tuesday, October 18, officer Heriberto Rodriguez received the Cop of the Month award for his successful pursuit and arrest of two teen burglars in Richmond Hill.

Commanding Officer, Deputy Inspector Armando DeLeon, presented Rodriguez with the award. DeLeon said burglary is the second highest crime in the precinct after grand larcenies.

“I’m glad he took two burglars off the street,” DeLeon said. “It helps me, and of course it helps you and the community.”

The crime occurred on September 27 at 103rd Avenue and 114th Street. After receiving the report, Rodriguez and his lieutenant canvassed the area and discovered one of the suspects. When the first suspect fled, Rodriguez chased and captured him, while his lieutenant captured the second suspect.

Jewelry, electronic equipment and clothing were found in the burglars’ possession. Both teen criminals have prior arrest records, DeLeon said.

While Community Council President Maria Thomson praised the 102nd Precinct on their “fantastic job” serving the community, she firmly implored a push for more police officers in Queens. She said Queens “always gets shortchanged” in getting its fair share of police recruits, in contrast to other boroughs like Brooklyn and Manhattan.

“You can only stretch police officers so far,” Thomson said.

She urged councilmembers in particular to “fight for us and get us more police officers from the next graduating class.”

The meeting also covered resident complaints, one of which was about a truck that runs all night on Saturdays between 102nd and 106th Street on Atlantic Avenue. DeLeon, who said he will address the situation, also cited the precinct’s crackdown on illegally-parked trucks, especially on 127th Street. He said more than 30 summonses were issued.

“Those trucks over there got the message,” he said.

A rowdy night club called Club Moka located on 130-35 91st Avenue was also the subject of many complaints. One resident said her neighbor saw a woman being pushed into a car two weeks prior.

DeLeon stated that the club’s new management has been put on notice at least three times. He said the situation is now in the State Liquor Authority’s hands, although he said he would do as much as he could to help.

Another resident expressed concerns that various locations in Woodhaven are becoming stomping grounds for disorderly conduct, and was worried that the increasing number of abandoned homes in the area could become havens for more bad behavior.

“We all know what happened in the past. In an abandoned house, there was a party in Woodhaven, and a poor young boy got murdered,” the resident said.

Rape whistles were also supplied at the meeting. DeLeon urged women to take them, stating that “they really do work.”

102nd Precinct commander wants to address problems


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The most recent 102nd Precinct Community Council meeting drew a larger crowd than usual, according to Community Council President Maria Thomson and Deputy Inspector Armando DeLeon.

More than 50 local residents attended the monthly meeting in Richmond Hill on Tuesday, September 20 to voice their current concerns, as well as issues they encountered over the summer.

DeLeon commenced the meeting with the Precinct’s Cop of the Month award, given to Officer Anthony Scapicchio.

Scapicchio was honored for arrests he made on September 11. During his routine walk throughout Richmond Hill, Scapicchio saw three evasive and suspicious men kneeling down by a nearby vehicle, DeLeon said. After calling for back-up and upon further investigation, Scapicchio found two loaded firearms near the wheel well of the vehicle and one man pretending to be asleep inside.

The three men were arrested. The precinct later found that one of the men had a prior murder conviction and was on parole; another had a “laundry list” of charges and close to 20 prior arrests, and the third was a known drug dealer.

One of the firearms had the serial number scratched off and the other was discovered stolen, Community Affairs Officer Joseph Martins said.

“It was clear they were going to do something bad, whether or not it was related to 9/11,” DeLeon said. “Officer Scapicchio was able to stop it before it happened.”

DeLeon then addressed residents’ concerns about nearby break-ins on 107th Street and the slow response time of 9-1-1 calls.

Martins said there were no robberies on 107th Street after a 10-day observation period, which was held after a resident expressed concern that his neighbor had a door kicked in.

DeLeon then explained how the precinct has limited resources and that all calls are answered according to high priority.
“If you’re waiting five minutes and it’s an emergency, I understand it’s going to feel like an hour,” he said. “We will answer your calls, but it may not be as fast as three or four minutes.”

The majority of complaints residents made were about increased noise pollution in the area, especially over the summer. At least three different residents said they ran into altercations with neighbors who were playing loud music outside. In two cases, the neighbors became confrontational and threatening.

DeLeon asked the residents to never confront their neighbors and to call the precinct instead.

“It can become more dangerous for you if you’re no longer anonymous and they know you’re the one who called the police,” he said.

At the end of the meeting, DeLeon asked the residents to call him directly so that he may address issues as soon as possible.

“If you run into a problem tomorrow, don’t wait until next month’s meeting to tell me,” he said. “I have never turned away a single person who walked into the precinct to talk to me about any issues they may have. Not once.”