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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


| ctumola@queenscourier.com

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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


| ctumola@queenscourier.com

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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


| ctumola@queenscourier.com

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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.

VIDEO: 7 train assault


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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The NYPD is asking for the public’s assistance in identifying a suspect and victim in an assault aboard the 7 train within the confines of the 108th Precinct. The Central Robbery Queens Transit Squad received a cell phone video on Friday, May 10, which captured an assault on the Queens bound train.

On Sunday,  May 5 at 1 a.m., an unidentified male punched the unidentified victim and exited the train at the 69th Street station.

The suspect is identified as white-Hispanic, approximately 5’9″ and 180 pounds, with brown eyes and long black hair. He was wearing a dark T-shirt and blue jeans, and had his hair in a pony tail.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477), submit tips on the Crime Stoppers website, www.nypdcrimestoppers.com, or text 274637 (CRIMES) and enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.

 

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Suspect nabbed in library assault


| tcullen@queenscourier.com

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A suspect wanted in connection with the March 4 assault on a 15-year-old girl at a Queens library has been arrested, police said.

Hector Troche, 56, has been charged with sexual abuse, forcible touching and public lewdness after police say he grabbed the teen and exposed himself to her.

 

Suspects wanted for assault aboard ‘E’ train


| mhayes@queenscourier.com

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The NYPD is seeking the public’s assistance with the whereabouts and identifying individuals wanted in connection to an assault aboard the “E” train at the Union Turnpike station.

On Thursday, January 24 at approximately 4:45 p.m., three Hispanic males assaulted a 19-year-old male by punching and kicking him. EMS responded and brought the victim to an area hospital in serious but stable condition.

The alleged attackers are suspected to be between 15 and 19 years old and 5’5″ to 5’8″ in height.

Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call Crime stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477).  The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime stoppers website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.

Suspects in possible hate crime wanted for a second assault


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corona assault

Two suspects wanted in connection with a Corona slashing, are now wanted for a second assault that occurred the same morning just blocks away.

The first attack took place when the suspects approached a 70-year-old man and asked him if he was Muslim or Hindu before proceeding to assault him, according to police.

Both assaults occurred minutes apart on Sunday, November 24 at approximately 5:20 a.m. It is uncertain which attack happened first.

Just five blocks away, on 104th Street in Corona, the pair approached a 21-year-old man and asked him for direction to Roosevelt Avenue, and then attacked him, police said. The victim sustained minor cuts to his thumb and face.

Police described the suspects as Hispanic men in their late teens or early 20s with dark hair.

Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.

Crossing guard accused of choking teen, says it never happened


| tcullen@queenscourier.com

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Varied reports came out this week about what exactly happened at the intersection of Rockaway Boulevard and 99th Street.

It was originally reported that at about 7:30 a.m. on Friday, June 8 near M.S. 137, a school crossing guard, Jillian Selby, 60, choked a 14-year-old student. The boy and his mother went to the 106th Precinct and filed a complaint against Selby, reports said.

The report from the district attorney’s office said Selby walked over to the boy, yelled at him, knocked his hat off and choked him.

Police said she was charged with assault in the third-degree, harassment in the second-degree, obstruction of breathing or blood circulation and criminal endangerment of a child. Selby was released without bail and is due in court on August 24, the DA’s office said.

Selby, however, said the boy had a knife and was yelling curses at her. “It didn’t happen,” she said. “I didn’t do anything to him.”

The marks on the boy’s neck were actually from a group of girls trying to restrain him from charging the crossing guard, Selby said.

“They were the ones who are responsible for restraining him,” she said. “So that’s exactly where he got those marks from.”

The case is being investigated by Internal Affairs, police said, as Selby is technically an employee of the NYPD. She is currently suspended while the case is ongoing.

Repeated calls to Selby’s lawyer for comment were not answered.

Truck driver arrested after allegedly assaulting Councilmember Daniel Dromm


| aaltman@queenscourier.com

Photo Courtesy of Daniel Dromm

While it is generally positive for officials to personally engage themselves in community issues, one councilmember’s involvement landed him as the victim of an assault.

Around noon on Wednesday, May 30, as Councilmember Daniel Dromm drove his car through Jackson Heights on the way back to his office, he saw an 18-wheel truck from National Farm double-parked, blocking traffic on 37th Avenue outside Trade Fair supermarket. Dromm said the truck driver was nowhere in sight, and he began snapping photos of the vehicle on his cell phone.

Upon seeing Dromm, the driver allegedly ran from around the truck and charged at him, repeatedly yelling, “no pictures!” before ripping the phone from his hand, striking him in the jaw and punching him in the chest.

Dromm said he yelled for help and was heard by workers in Congressmember Joseph Crowley’s nearby office, who then called the police. Dromm requested his cell phone back from the driver, identifying himself as an elected official. The driver refused to return it.

According to Dromm, when the police arrived they questioned the driver, identified by the district attorney’s office as John J Muriel. Muriel admitted he had Dromm’s phone, but would not say how he came to possess it.

Trade Fair manager Victor Fuentes was in the store when the incident took place, but alleged that he did not see anything when he went outside. Fuentes also said he has never had a problem like this in the past.

According to the DA, Muriel was arrested for assault in the third degree, petit larceny, criminal possession of stolen property in the fifth degree and harassment in the second degree.

According to the councilmember, an ongoing Jackson Heights study, instituted three years ago, began looking at traffic issues including congestion, parking and numbers of pedestrians. The study involved around 500 people – more than had ever been engaged in a traffic study before in New York City. Dromm stated he wanted to add the photos of the poorly-parked truck to the study, furthering the public’s awareness of vehicular issues in the neighborhood.

“It’s a combination of all these things that have happened here,” said Dromm. “Things have gotten out of control. We’re going to stand up and say ‘enough is enough.’ We expect people who drive through and park in this neighborhood to abide by the law. That’s the minimal expectation. Blatant disregard for the law affects the quality of life here in the neighborhood.”

National Farm could not be reached for comment as of press time, and attempts to reach a Legal Aid attorney for Muriel were unsuccessful.

 

Ex-cop sentenced to 75 years in prison for teacher sex assault


| jlane@queenscourier.com

A monstrous ex-cop was sentenced to 75 years to life in prison this morning — the maximum allowed by law — for drunkenly pulling his service weapon on a terrified young schoolteacher last summer, dragging her into an Inwood alley, threatening to “blow your f—ing face off” and repeatedly sexually violating her. The sentence for the brutal, off-duty attack left the victim collapsing in sobs of anguished triumph in the front row of Manhattan Supreme Court. Read More: New York Post

This Morning’s Headlines


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The Round Up

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Cheating Manhattan corporate lawyer exposed after ‘assault’ on gal pal

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Despite differences, devout Tebow and X-rated Ryan share passion for winning

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Labor-loving Quinn will pass wage bill

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Early-morning fire damages Manhattan home; one firefighter injured

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2 bodies found on eastern Long Island, 1 in area where corpse discovered last month

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