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Suspect arrested in violent Astoria robbery of elderly man


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Update 1:09 p.m.

A teary-eyed confession on an Astoria street corner has led to the arrest of a man in the violent robbery of an elderly deli customer earlier this week, authorities said.

Charles Piccolo, 37, has been charged with robbery and assault in the attack, according to police.

The 78-year-old victim, identified in media reports as Elias Bournias, was buying cigarettes from the front window of the store on 31st Street near Ditmars Boulevard at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday when he was robbed.

The suspect tossed Bournias to the ground, injuring the back of his head, before grabbing $430 from him, authorities said.

EMS took Bournias to Elmhurst Hospital, where he received five staples to his head.

The suspect saw Bournias with the large wad of cash just before robbing him, authorities said. Bournias told WABC he should have been more careful about concealing his money, but never expected to be attacked.

“I didn’t expect at 10 o’clock in the morning, on busy street with cops all the time,” he said. “I didn’t expect it, that’s why I was careless. I wasn’t careful.”

The day after the attack, police released surveillance footage of the robbery.


Police said after reviewing the video, they believed the suspect was Piccolo, who has been arrested three times in the past year for drug possession within their same precinct.

After keeping a look out for Piccolo, they spotted him about 6:40 p.m. Thursday night at the corner of 35th Street and Astoria Boulevard, not far from the site of the crime. When they approached him, he began to cry and admitted to robbing the victim.

According to the district attorney’s office, at the time his arrest, police allegedly recovered a gravity knife from his pants pocket and he was also charged with criminal possession of a weapon.

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Arrest made in assault of off-duty cop outside St. Albans supermarket


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Updated Monday, Jan. 26, 9:57 a.m. 

Police have arrested a man in the assault of an off-duty NYPD officer outside a St. Albans supermarket less than 24 hours after releasing video footage of the suspect.

“The defendant is accused of allowing a relatively minor bumping incident in a supermarket — to which he was not even directly involved — to rapidly escalate into a violent assault that resulted in him causing serious physical injury to his victim,” District Attorney Richard Brown said.

The accused attacker, Tommie Williams, 27, of Jamaica, was arraigned on Friday on assault and harassment charges, according to the district attorney’s office.

The victim, a 42-year-old off-duty cop, was at the Pathmark on Springfield Boulevard near 132nd Avenue at about Monday afternoon when he accidentally bumped into Williams’ girlfriend, according to Brown. Williams confronted the officer, telling him that he would be outside waiting for him.

As the officer was walking to his car, Williams came up to him, punched him in the face, causing the officer to fall to ground, authorities said. Williams then got into a vehicle. When the cop tried to approach the car and take a photo of it with his cell phone, Williams allegedly punched him and he fell to the ground again. Williams then fled in the vehicle.

The officer had to undergo surgery for facial fractures, which required a metal plate and metal wires to be placed in his face.

If convicted, Williams could spend up to seven years in prison.

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Second man charged in home invasion, assault of elderly Bayside couple


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A second man has been charged in a Bayside home invasion that left an elderly couple seriously injured, the district attorney’s office said. His alleged partner in crime, who is accused of helping him steal more than $15,000, was caught last year.

“The alleged victims in this case — both octogenarians — weren’t just robbed of their possessions,” District Attorney Richard Brown said. “The defendant allegedly stole the couple’s sense of security that they were safe from harm in their own home.”

Vincente Barzola, 39, of Brooklyn, was arraigned in Queens Criminal Court on Thursday on burglary, robbery and assault charges, the district attorney’s office said.

Barzola, along with his accomplice, Christopher Ramirez, rang the doorbell of the couple’s 15th Avenue home on the afternoon of April 23, 2014, pretending to be from their co-op’s maintenance department, according to authorities.

Sofia Dima, then 85, answered, and the two men told her they needed a signature on a form. When she unlocked the door, they barged in, and Barzola punched her in the face, knocked her to the floor and pushed his foot to her chest, Brown said. He then choked her until she was unconscious. When she woke up, the home had been ransacked and her hands were bound with plastic ties, but she managed to alert a neighbor who called police.

Her husband, John Dima, then 87, was asleep in bed upstairs at the time. Ramirez found him there, pulled him to the floor, punched him in the back and the head, tied his hands and pepper sprayed his face, according to the district attorney.

The two took gold and diamond jewelry and a safe containing more than $15,000 in cash from the home.

The Dimas were taken to the hospital, where they spent five days recovering from their injuries. John Dima now needs a cane to walk as a result of injuries he suffered in the attack.

Ramirez, 24, was arrested on June 26 and arraigned on burglary, robbery and assault charges, prosecutors said. Both Ramirez and Barzola face up to 25 years in prison if convicted.

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Father of 4-month-old Bayside boy charged with son’s murder


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Charges against the father of a 4-month-old Bayside boy have been upgraded to murder after the medical examiner determined his son died from abusive head trauma, authorities said.

Jagsheer Singh, 28, was arraigned on Tuesday on a charge of second-degree murder and held without bail, according to the Queens district attorney’s office. He was previously arraigned on charges of first-degree assault and endangering the welfare of a child on Dec. 21 before the death of his son, Nevin Jandu, two days later.

Singh claimed the baby was hurt when he fell off the changing table the morning of Dec. 20. He had been watching his child the previous night, while his wife, a physician and the baby’s mother, was at work, the district attorney’s office said. He said the child was fine when she left, and returned the following morning and went to sleep.

After discovering the baby wasn’t breathing a short time later, Singh said he woke up his wife, who hadn’t checked on the child before going to bed, and called 911.

Medical personnel at the hospital examined the baby and found that his injuries were consistent with non-accidental abusive head trauma and were not consistent with the injuries that would have occurred if he had simply fallen from the changing table, the district attorney’s office said.

The baby died at Cohen Children’s Medical Center on Dec. 23.

The medical examiner later ruled the child’s death a homicide due to abusive head trauma, which included fractures to the skull, a spokeswoman from the office said.

Singh’s next court date is Jan. 5.

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Calls for boycott, plans for lawsuit after man says he was attacked at Flushing McDonald’s


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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Following the release of a video showing a fight between a customer and an employee at a Flushing McDonald’s, Korean-American groups are calling for a boycott of the restaurant, and the customer — who says he was physically attacked by an employee — is planning on suing for millions, according to published reports.

The video footage of the February incident, first broadcast by CBS New York, shows the customer, James Jin Kim, recording video with his cell phone after he said an employee at the Main Street McDonald’s, Rooshi Sajjad, wasn’t serving him, reports said. Sajjad then appears to strike Kim with a broom handle.

In court filings, Kim claims after waiting 10 minutes to order coffee, he complained, and Sajjad started shouting at him, “We don’t serve coffee to people like you” and “Get out of my restaurant,” according to published reports.

On Tuesday, a protest, held by several Korean-American groups, took place outside the McDonald’s, the Daily News reported. The groups are also threatening to boycott the eatery until it trains its employees to be more sensitive toward Asian customers, the paper also said.

Kim, meanwhile, is planning on suing McDonald’s for $10 million, arguing he suffered injuries to his hand and unlawful discrimination, according to published reports.

Sajjad was charged with attempted assault and criminal possession of a weapon, both misdemeanors, and one violation, harassment, but her record will be cleared if she stays out of trouble for another month, reports said. According to CBS New York, Sajjad still works at the McDonald’s.

In a statement to CBS New York, the franchise owner of the McDonald’s, Luigi Solimeo, said: “Nothing is more important than the safety and well-being of my customers and employees,” adding that “the video does not capture all of the details surrounding that event.”

This incident at the Main Street fast food restaurant is not the first time that Korean groups have threatened to boycott McDonald’s.

Last January, Korean activists called for a worldwide boycott of McDonald’s following a feud between a group of Korean seniors and the owner of one of its eateries on on Parsons and Northern boulevards.

The dispute began when around 20 seniors would use the restaurant as their personal hang out space, spending about eight hours a day there. The owner, wanting the seats for other customers, called police several times.

A compromise was reached, with the owner agreeing to hire Korean-speaking staff members and extending the 20-minute sitting limit to one hour, except from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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Bayside baby dies after being assaulted by father: police


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A 4-month-old boy from Bayside died Christmas Eve several days after he was hospitalized for injuries he suffered during an alleged assault by his father, authorities said.

Jagsheer Singh, 28, claimed the baby, Nevin Janduher, was fine while he was watching him on the night of Dec. 19. His wife, a physician and the baby’s mother, was at work that night.

She returned the following morning and went to bed without checking on her son, Singh said. Singh claimed that baby was fine when he woke up around 7 a.m., but that the baby fell off the changing table that morning while Singh was taking care of him. A short time later, he discovered that the child was having difficulty breathing. That’s when he woke up his wife and called 911.

Nevin was first taken to Flushing Hospital Medical Center and then transferred to Cohen Children’s Medical Center. Medical personnel at the hospital examined the baby and found that his injuries were consistent with non-accidental abusive head trauma and were not consistent with the injuries that would have occurred if he had simply fallen from the changing table, the district attorney’s office said.

Singh was arraigned on Dec. 21 and charged with first-degree assault and endangering the welfare of a child. He is scheduled to return to court on Jan. 5.

At the time, the child was in grave condition and had suffered brain damage, according to authorities.

“The baby is in grave condition and if he does not survive the charges will be upgraded,” District Attorney Richard Brown said in a statement, announcing Singh’s assault charge.

The baby boy was pronounced dead on Christmas Eve.

The medical examiner will determine the cause of death.

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Police looking for suspect in assault of 68-year-old at Roosevelt Avenue subway station


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A 68-year-old man was assaulted after a dispute at a Jackson Heights subway station, police said.

The assault happened about 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 10 at the Roosevelt Avenue stop, cops said. Following the argument, the suspect struck the victim in the face and then fled.

The victim was taken to Elmhurst Hospital in stable condition.

Police describe the suspect as a man in his mid-thirties and about 6 feet tall. He was wearing a waist-length jacket and sunglasses.

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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Bayside dad charged with assaulting 4-month-old son


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A 28-year-old Bayside resident is charged with assaulting his 4-month-old baby, causing the infant to suffer brain damage that has left him in “grave condition,” authorities said.

Jagsheer Singh was taking care of his baby Nevin Janduher, while his wife and the baby’s mother, Dr. Reena Malhotra, a radiologist, was at work at Long Island Jewish Medical Center, according to District Attorney Richard Brown. When Malhotra left home around 8:30 p.m. on Friday, the baby was healthy. When she returned around 6:15 a.m. the next day, she did not check on the baby and went to bed instead.

According to statements made by Singh, the baby was fine when he woke up around 7 a.m. When he checked on him around 7:30 a.m., he found that the baby had defecated, and so he took him into the shower. Shortly after, the baby fell off the changing table, which was 4 feet off the ground, Singh said. He also stated that he did not tell his wife about the fall at that time. Around 8 a.m., he found that the baby was having difficulty breathing. That’s when, he said, he woke up his wife and called 911.

Baby Nevin was first taken to Flushing Hospital Medical Center and then transferred to Cohen Children’s Medical Center. According to the district attorney’s office, medical personnel examined the baby and found that his injuries were consistent with non-accidental abusive head trauma and were not consistent with the injuries that would have occurred if he had simply fallen from the changing table, as Singh claimed.

Singh has been charged with first-degree assault and endangering the welfare of a child. He was arraigned on Sunday, where bail was set at $200,000.

“The baby is in grave condition and if he does not survive the charges will be upgraded,” Brown said.

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Rockaway man charged with assaulting ex-girlfriend’s 13-month-old son


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A Rockaway man is accused of assaulting his ex-girlfriend’s 13-month-old son while he was babysitting the child last week.

The child was abused so brutally that he was left with a fractured skull, District Attorney Richard Brown said.

The mother of the child brought her son to the Arverne home of Bishme Allah around 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 10, so he could watch him while she ran errands for about 30 minutes. As she left the child was awake and crying.

When she returned, Allah, 30, who had been left alone with the child, told her that her son was asleep, Brown said. The two then smoked marijuana and ate a sandwich.

At 9 p.m., when the woman got into bed with her son, she did not notice anything wrong with him. But when Allah joined her in bed and she moved her child, she then saw that he had marks on his face and severe swelling to his head, according to Brown. She then demanded that Allah take them to the hospital.

The child was admitted to Cohen Children’s Medical Center, where an examination showed that the boy had a severe skull fracture, hemorrhages, contusions, and bruising on the head and lower abdomen, prosecutors said. Medical personnel determined that the injuries were inconsistent with an accident and consistent with a forceful impact.

Allah was arraigned Wednesday night in Queens Criminal Court on charges of assault, attempted assault, and endangering the welfare of a child. If convicted he faces up to 15 years in prison.

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Jackson Heights teen charged with raping, robbing female livery cab driver


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A 19-year-old has been accused of robbing, choking and raping a female livery cab driver in East Elmhurst this past weekend, according to District Attorney Richard Brown.

The 32-year-old driver pulled up in front of 26-24 93rd St. sometime between 4 and 5 a.m. on Saturday when the passenger, Luis Barrija, of Jackson Heights, choked her and demanded her money, Brown said. While demanding the money Barrija said, “I am in a gang that robs and rapes people. I am the leader.”

The victim then handed over about $100 in cash and Barrija allegedly tried to pull her into the backseat of the cab while continuing to threaten her life.

Barrija then choked the victim with one hand and told her that he had a knife and would kill her if she did not listen to his demands, according to Brown. He then raped her.

The cab driver suffered bruising and redness on her neck, chest and wrists from the force used by Barrija, according to the charges.

“The allegations in this case chronicle a frightening ordeal of mental, physical and sexual violence. Hopefully the young woman who was brutally victimized will rest easier in knowing that her alleged rapist has been brought to justice and will be vigorously prosecuted,” Brown said. “However, even after the physical abuse has stopped, the psychological trauma caused by sexual assault can be severe and long lasting.”

Barrija is currently awaiting arraignment in Queens Criminal Court on rape, robbery and assault charges. If convicted, he faces up to 25 years in prison.

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Suspect punches, sprays man with unknown substance at Jamaica subway stop: NYPD


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Cops are looking for a suspect who allegedly assaulted a man at a Queens J train station after he got into an altercation with the victim’s girlfriend.

The suspect and the victim’s girlfriend were on the platform of the Parsons Boulevard and Archer Avenue stop at about 10:20 a.m. on Sept. 14 when they bumped into each other, according to police.

After the victim got involved in the ensuing altercation, the suspect punched the victim and sprayed him with an unknown substance, authorities said.

The suspect then fled the Jamaica station on a southbound J train.

The victim, 23, was taken to Jamaica Hospital in stable condition.

Police said the suspect, who is in his 30s, was last seen wearing a blue jean jacket and blue jeans.

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 punches employee at Long Island City food store: cops


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A man slugged a 65-year-old worker at a Long Island City food store last month while he was in the checkout line, according to police.

The suspect was in a checkout line of the ENC Market, a deli and grocery located at 5 Court Sq., at about 10:50 p.m. when he asked the victim for the phone number to a car service, authorities said. The store employee told the suspect he did not have a number and continued about his business.

Police said the suspect then became upset and punched the employee in the face, causing swelling to his left cheek and eye.

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 assaulted, robbed inside Flushing McDonald’s: NYPD


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A quick bite to eat turned into an assault and robbery when two men got into an argument at a Flushing McDonald’s earlier this month, authorities said.

The 24-year-old victim and the suspect were inside the fast food joint on Main Street near Roosevelt Avenue at about 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 4 when they started arguing, police said. The situation escalated and the suspect assaulted the victim and stole his cellphone before fleeing.

The victim was left with bumps and bruises to his face. He refused medical attention at the scene.

Police describe the suspect as a 25-year-old Hispanic man, 5 feet 6 inches tall and 170 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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MTA bus driver allegedly attacks Flushing gas station worker over lottery ticket


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An off-duty MTA bus driver attacked a gas station worker during a dispute over a missing lottery ticket in Flushing, authorities said.

Louis Cintron, 44, allegedly punched the worker in the nose during the argument at the station at Horace Harding Expressway and Lawrence Street on Thursday morning.

According to DNAinfo, Cintron unknowingly dropped one of his lottery tickets and demanded a refund or replacement ticket from the worker.

But the worker refused and Cintron allegedly grabbed him and punched him.

Cintron was charged with assault and harassment, according to police.

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Man wanted in Ridgewood assault of 82-year-old woman


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Police have released surveillance footage of a man suspected of punching an elderly woman as she was walking in Ridgewood Thursday morning.

On Sept. 25 at about 6:35 a.m. the 82-year-old victim was walking near the intersection of Myrtle Avenue and Seneca Street when the suspect came up behind her and struck her to the side of her face with a closed fist, causing bruising and swelling, according to cops.

The suspect is described as a Hispanic or black man, between 25 to 30 years old and 5 feet 7 inches tall. He was wearing blue jeans and a black T-shirt with a design in white.

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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