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Former Gambino associate’s grandson busted for allegedly shooting friend on Malba jetty


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A man whose grandfather was reportedly a former Gambino family associate has been charged with attempted murder after he shot a childhood friend multiple times near the Malba shoreline, officials said.

Robert Sasso, 33, and his friend, 39-year-old Dean Oku, were smoking marijuana on a jetty off of Summit Place in the affluent neighborhood at about 2 a.m. on Aug. 29 when, during a conversation, Sasso shot Oku without warning, the Queens District Attorney’s Office said. Oku was struck in the abdomen, left leg and left arm, and taken to a local hospital, where he remains in critical condition.

In addition to being charged with attempted murder, assault and criminal possession of a weapon in the shooting, Sasso, a Flushing resident, was also busted for assaulting his live-in girlfriend, according to prosecutors.

Just two days before the shooting, Sasso is accused of punching his 33-year-old girlfriend, who had recently taken an order of protection out against him. He then allegedly pushed her out of his vehicle as it sat on an East Elmhurst street, causing bruising to her face, the district attorney’s office said.

Sasso has been separately charged with assault, harassment and criminal contempt in his girlfriend’s assault. He is currently awaiting arraignment in both cases and faces a total of up to 29 years in prison if convicted.

According to the New York Daily News, Sasso’s grandfather was a former Gambino family associate who was convicted in 1992 for helping John Gotti get payoffs from contractors. His father was also convicted for gun trafficking.

Sasso was suspected in the shooting of a construction supervisor in Hell’s Kitchen last year, the Daily News also said.

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Man wanted for punching R train rider in Rego Park


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A straphanger punched a man without saying a word as an R train stopped at a station in Rego Park last month, police said.

The victim, a 20-year old man, was on a southbound R train at about 11:45 a.m. on Aug. 23 when he was assaulted, cops said. The suspect allegedly punched the victim in the mouth and nose as the subway doors opened at the 63rd Drive station before fleeing on foot.

There were no words exchanged by the two men prior to the attack, according to police.

The victim suffered a bloody nose and a cut on his upper lip, but was not hospitalized due to the assault.

Cops describe the suspect as a white or Hispanic man in his late 20s to 30s, 5 feet 7 inches tall and 170 pounds. He was last seen wearing a pink short sleeve polo shirt, and white, pink and gray stripped shorts with a white string.

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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NYPD officer arrested for assault after allegedly refusing to pay $35 at Jamaica tire shop


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A city cop was busted for slugging a Jamaica tire shop employee after the two got into a dispute over $35 he owed the business, officials said.

On Sunday at about 12:15 p.m., the NYPD officer, 37 year-old Jason Whyte, went to the shop, Rockaway Tire Center, on Rockaway Boulevard, where he was getting some work done on his tire rim, according to the criminal complaint.

There, Whyte, encountered the employee, who had worked on the rim. When the employee told Whyte he owed $35, Whyte allegedly refused to pay and started yelling and cursing at him in front of the shop.

Whyte then punched him in the jaw and left with the tire rim without handing over the money, court records said.

The employee was treated at a local hospital, where he had to have two metal plates permanently placed into his jaw and several stitches.

Whyte was arraigned in Queens Criminal Court on Friday on charges of assault, petit larceny and theft of services, the complaint said. He was released on his own recognizance.

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Airline employee assaulted at LaGuardia Airport: police


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LAGUARDIA

BY ASHA MAHADEVAN

A 22-year-old man was arrested Wednesday night for assaulting an airline employee at LaGuardia Airport after getting into a confrontation at baggage claim, officials said.

Antonio V. Sappleton, a resident of Yonkers, tried to claim his bag when the United Airlines employee asked to see his checked bag ticket.

According to Port Authority Police, Sappleton refused to show the ticket and punched the victim repeatedly. When the victim fell to the floor, he continued his assault by kicking him.

The 23-year-old airline employee was taken to Elmhurst Hospital to be treated for loose teeth, a split lip and contusions about his head and face, authorities said.

Police arrested Sappleton outside of the terminal. He was given a desk appearance ticket and ordered to appear in court on Sept. 30 on charges of assault and harassment, according to the Queens District Attorney’s office.

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Police release sketch of suspect in Woodside punching death


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Cops have released a sketch of the suspect who fatally punched a 56-year-old man in Woodside last month.

Roberto Martires was on Roosevelt Avenue near 69th Street just after midnight on June 21 when he was attacked, cops said. A stranger allegedly walked up to Martires that Saturday night and slugged him the face.

Martires, who was just a few blocks from his home when he was assaulted, was taken to Elmhurst Hospital in critical condition, where he died from his injuries the following Tuesday, according to authorities.

Published reports initially said that Martires’ attacker asked if he was Filipino before punching him, causing him to hit his head on the pavement. But it was later reported that police are not investigating the incident as a hate crime and it may have resulted from the World Cup.

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.

Cops also released this photo of the suspect last month.

 

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Man dies after apparent random attack in Woodside


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Updated Wednesday, June 25, 11:15 a.m.

A 56-year-old man who was punched in the face in Woodside by a stranger on Saturday has died, according to police.

The victim, identified as Roberto Martires, was on Roosevelt Avenue near 69th Street just after midnight Saturday when the suspect slugged him, cops said.

The assault, which happened only a few blocks from Martires’ home, was seemingly unprovoked, according to police.

Martires was taken Elmhurst Hospital in critical condition, where he died Tuesday, officials said.

According to published reports, Martires’ attacker asked if he was Filipino, then punched him, causing him to hit his head on the pavement.

Cops are looking for a man to question in connection to the assault, and describe him as Hispanic, in his mid twenties and with facial hair.

On Monday, police released a photo of the suspect, who was last seen wearing a white t-shirt, blue jeans and a dark colored baseball cap.

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 in critical condition after being punched on Woodside street


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A 56-year-old man was left in critical condition after a stranger punched him in the face in an apparently unprovoked attack on a Woodside street, cops said.

The assault happened just after midnight Saturday on Roosevelt Avenue near 69th Street, according to police.

The victim was taken to Elmhurst Hospital.

Police describe the man who they are looking to question in connection to the attack as Hispanic, in his mid twenties and with facial hair. They have also released a photo of him, and said he was last seen wearing a white t-shirt, blue jeans and a dark colored baseball cap.

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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Suspects wanted in assault at Jackson Heights train station


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Police are looking for two suspects wanted in connection with an assault at a Jackson Heights train station last weekend.

On Saturday, May 24 at about 9:46 a.m. a 22-year-old man got into a verbal dispute with two women while on the Manhattan bound No. 7 train platform at the 74th Street and Roosevelt Avenue subway station. The two female suspects began to punch the victim on the head and body and then one of them slashed his arm and shoulder with an unknown object, cops said.

The victim was taken to Elmhurst General Hospital, treated and released.

One of the suspects, seen in a photo released by the NYPD, is described as a 35-year-old Hispanic woman with black hair in a ponytail.

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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Cops looking for suspects in South Ozone Park robbery, assault


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A 49 year-old man was robbed and assaulted in front of a deli in South Ozone Park earlier this month, according to police.

One of the suspects took $400 and a cell phone from the man at about 2:05 a.m. on May 5, before three other suspects attacked the victim, leaving him with minor injuries to his face and head, cops said. The robbery and assault happened on Rockaway Boulevard near 134th Street.

Police have released a photo of the first suspect and describe all of the suspects as men between the ages of 18 and 25.

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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Suspects wanted in assault on man in Ozone Park


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A group of men attacked a 26-year-old in Ozone Park Sunday, punching and kicking the man before cutting him, police said.

The assault happened on 101st Avenue near Liberty Avenue, around 4:45 a.m. when the suspects came up to the victim and started beating him, cops said. One of the suspects, who the victim knew, then allegedly pulled out a sharp object and slashed the victim several times causing lacerations to his face, neck, back and hand. The suspects then fled the scene.

The victim was taken to Jamaica Hospital and is listed in stable condition, officials said.

Police have released a video of two of the suspects and said one was wearing a blue jean vest with a white t-shirt underneath and is named “Timmy,” but is also known by the nickname “Slime.” The second suspect was wearing a black baseball hat and white sweater.

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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Suspects beat up 17-year-old employee, steal $30K from Astoria deli


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A teen was roughed up during an Astoria deli robbery Saturday, where the suspects took off with $30,000 in cash, cops said.

Two of the suspects entered the business, the En-Express Deli, on Main Avenue, about 3 a.m., and asked the victim, a 17-year-old employee, for help in the rear of the store, police said.

The suspects then allegedly beat up the teen and forced him into a back room of the deli while one of the suspects let two additional suspects into the store. The first suspect then acted as a lookout while the other suspects took $30,000 from a lockbox before the four of them fled, officials said.

The victim sustained minor injuries as a result of the robbery.

Police have released a photo of the first two suspects, and describe them as two men between the ages of 20 and 25.

 

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Woman throws coffee, punch at F train rider: cops


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A 53-year-old woman received quite a jolt on a Queens subway train last week when a fellow rider threw coffee in her face before punching her, according to police.

The assault happened aboard an F train as it was traveling through the Rego Park/Forest Hills area on April 2, cops said.

The victim received minor injuries as a result of the attack, officials said.

Police have released a photo of the woman wanted in the assault and describe her as about 5 feet 1 inch tall.

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 sought in bias assault on No. 7 train


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A suspect allegedly assaulted a Hispanic man on a No. 7 train before making anti-Mexican statements towards him, cops said.

The 43-year-old victim was on a northbound train about 4 p.m. Sunday when the suspect approached him and punched him twice in the face, then made the bias remarks, police said. The suspect then fled the train at the Court Square station in Long Island City.

The victim sustained bruises to the nose and a lacerated lip, but refused medical aid at the scene, according to cops.

Police describe the suspect as a black male, 6′ tall and 165 pounds.

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 arrested in alleged interracial attack on Long Island City couple


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An interracial couple was attacked after leaving a Long Island City restaurant by a group of men who began yelling racial and homophobic insults at them, according to reports.

On Saturday, August 17 at 1:45 a.m. Jacob James-Vogel, 37, and his wife Billie, 40, were assaulted in front of 47-20 Center Boulevard, said police.

According to published reports, the couple was leaving Shi restaurant with a gay friend after celebrating Billie’s birthday when they were approached by a group of men who began yelling homophobic and racial slurs. Both Jacob and his wife received injuries from an altercation during the attack.

“Reports of a possible hate crime on Center Boulevard in Long Island City are deeply disturbing,” said Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer. “There is no place for hatred in our City and I condemn this attack and all others in the strongest possible terms.”

Van Bramer also said he has made sure the hate crimes unit is  investigating to figure out if the attack was motivated by hate. He is working with the the Anti-Violence Project to monitor the case and lead the community’s response against all bias related attacks.

“These attacks are hateful, ugly and un-New York,” said mayoral candidate and Public Advocate Bill de Blasio. “We won’t let racism take hold where we’ve fought so hard to stamp it out. Whatever has spurred on these acts of violence, we’ll protect our people. New Yorkers have a right to live free from violence and fear. We must do more to affirm that right, by bringing more security cameras into the NYPD network so we can find perpetrators more quickly, and by joining police and communities in closer cooperation.”

Shih Lee, owner of Shi restaurant, said he saw a “fight” occurring around the corner of the restaurant and called the police. He is now working together with the police to put together information on what happened Saturday night.

“As a business serving Long Island City and beyond, we have a very diverse clientele and are very involved in the community,” said Lee. “We strongly condemn discrimination in all forms…”

The NYPD has arrested Nikolaos Katsos, 28, and charged him with assault and harassment. The investigation is still ongoing as police look for other suspects.

 

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Suspect wanted in apparent hate crime assault in Jackson Heights


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Police are looking for a suspect who assaulted a woman in Jackson Heights in another apparent anti-gay hate crime.

On Sunday, March 17 at approximately 4:15 a.m. the suspect approached the 49-year-old victim on the corner of Roosevelt Avenue and 88th Street and punched her in the face while making anti-gay remarks, said police.

The victim sustained bruising, and redness and swelling to the lip.

The suspect is described as a Hispanic male, 20 to 25 years old, 140 pounds with brown eyes, black hair and a mustache.

According to police, the suspect is known to frequent areas within Jackson Heights, East Elmhurst, and North Corona.

Police have provided a sketch of the suspect. The NYPD’s Hate Crimes Task Force is conducting the investigation. 

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