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Father attacks family, attempts suicide at Flushing home: cops


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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A Flushing man viciously attacked his family, including a child, at their home on Wednesday, leaving them in critical condition, a police source said.

The attack took place in the family’s home on Jasmine Avenue at 9 p.m., police said. The suspect,  49-year-Quan Hui Liang, stabbed his wife over 20 times and then repeatedly beat his 7-year-old son with a barbell before finally attacking the child’s 77-year-old grandmother, according to police.

The grandmother, who was the least injured, ran to a neighbors apartment and told them to call the police. The EMS were the first to arrive at the scene, where they found the family members on the floor in their own pools of blood. The man, EMS discovered, slit his own throat in a failed suicide attempt, authorities said, ending a flurry of violence. Police don’t know what sparked the whole thing.

Police have charged Liang with two counts of attempted murder, possession of a weapon and acting in a manner injurious to a minor.

According to the police, the family recently moved to Flushing from China and, according to the New York Post, the family was quiet and nice.

The son is in Long Island Jewish Hospital where he is being treated, according to the New York Post. The wife is being treated at New York Hospital Queens. Her two eye sockets are broken and she had more than 20 lacerations in her head.

The mother-in-law is being treated at the same hospital for lacerations to her head.

Liang is in critical condition at New York Hospital-Queens.

The family members are in critical condition, but the wife and 7-year-old boy are in the most serious condition, police said. All of the family members are still in separate hospitals.

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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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Suspect wanted in hammer attack robberies charged


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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Updated Tuesday, May 13 7:05 a.m.

The hammer-wielding robber wanted in three attacks, including an assault on a woman in Queens, has been charged in connection to the two of the incidents, police said.

Anthony Coward, 28, who police identified as the suspect in the robberies over the weekend, allegedly approached a 23-year-old man and struck him in the head with a hammer on May 4, at about 11:00 a.m., at the Rockaway Avenue A/C subway station at Fulton Street in Brooklyn. He then continued to beat the rest of his body with the hammer before he fled with the victim’s wallet, police said. The victim was taken to Brookdale Hospital and released.

He then approached a 32-year-old man, who was trying to buy a MetroCard at the same Rockaway Avenue subway station in Brooklyn at about 9:20 a.m. Wednesday, and struck him on the head with a hammer and demanded money, cops said. Once the victim handed over the money, Coward fled. The victim was taken to Brookdale Hospital and released.

Coward has been charged with robbery in both of the Brooklyn attacks, according to police.

In another attack that is believed to be connected to the other incidents, a 26-year-old reportedly pregnant woman was robbed and assaulted on the morning of March 5 on Pershing Crescent in Briarwood, cops said. The suspect came up to her from behind and struck her on the head with a silver hammer and fled with her handbag. The victim was taken to Jamaica Hospital in stable condition. The investigation is still ongoing into that robbery, officials said.

 

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Police identify suspect in hammer attack robberies


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The NYPD has identified the suspect they say robbed and attacked his victims with a hammer in Queens and Brooklyn.

Anthony Coward, 28, approached his first victim, a 26-year-old reportedly pregnant woman, on March 5 at about 7 a.m. in front of 138-49 Pershing Crescent in Briarwood, cops said. Coward allegedly came up to her from behind and struck her on the head with a silver hammer and fled with her handbag. The victim was taken to Jamaica Hospital in stable condition, according to police.

On May 4, at about 11:00 a.m., at the Rockaway Avenue A/C subway station at Fulton Street in Brooklyn, Coward approached a 23-year-old man and struck him in the head with a hammer and then went on to strike the man’s body, before he fled with the victim’s wallet, police said. The man was taken to Brookdale Hospital and released.

Then on May 7 at about 9:20 a.m. Coward approached a 32-year-old man, who was trying to buy a MetroCard at the same Rockaway Avenue subway station in Brooklyn, and struck him on the head with a hammer and demanded money, cops said. Once the victim handed over the money, Coward fled. The victim was taken to Brookdale Hospital and released.

Police describe Coward as black, 6 feet 1 inches tall, with black hair and brown eyes, and 160 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 for attacking women with hammer in Astoria apartment


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A man was arrested after he attacked three women with a hammer inside their Astoria apartment during a robbery last weekend.

Lawrence Parsons, 29, was arraigned Wednesday in connection to the brutal beating on attempted murder, assault, burglary and robbery charges, according to the criminal complaint.

He is accused of breaking into the victims’ home about 2:40 a.m. Sunday, then striking each of them on the face and head with a hammer.

After the beatings, Lawrence allegedly fled the apartment with a stolen cell phone, laptop, iPad. Surveillance video shows him running out of the building with the loot, court documents said. He was caught with the items when he was arrested.

The three women, who are all related, were taken to local hospitals in critical condition with several facial and skull fractures, according to court records. One victim loss sight in her left eye.

 

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Police seek suspect in Forest Hills slashing of teen


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Sketch courtesy of NYPD

An 18-year-old was attacked last week in Forest Hills when a man slashed him before fleeing, cops said.

The assault happened about 4 p.m. on April 9 near 62nd Avenue and Yellowstone Boulevard, according to police.

The teen, who was injured above his right ear and required stitches, was treated at a local hospital and released, officials said.

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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Plea for information on fatal Sunnyside attack


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PHOTO COURTESY OF COUNCILMEMBER JIMMY VAN BRAMER

Through tears, Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer pleaded for information leading to the capture of those responsible for the murder of a close personal friend.

Around midnight on Saturday, October 20, Lou Rispoli, 62, left his Sunnyside home for a late night walk as he sometimes did to quell his insomnia. At roughly 2 a.m. on 43rd Avenue between 41st and 42nd Street, two unidentified men approached Rispoli, exchanging in a brief conversation before striking him over the head with a blunt object. He was taken to Elmhurst Hospital where he died from his injuries on Thursday, October 25.

According to an eyewitness, a third perpetrator acted as the getaway driver. It was unclear as to whether or not Rispoli knew his attackers.

“Whoever did this for whatever reason has to be brought to justice,” said Van Bramer.

Rispoli, who lived in Sunnyside with his husband for over 30 years, was known for making everyone laugh and bringing joy to the lives of those close to him.

“It is difficult enough to know we’ve lost Lou,” said Mark Horn, a friend of Rispoli’s. “It’s impossible to believe the people who did this will get away with it.”

Rispoli and Van Bramer met at a house party several years ago and Rispoli volunteered with Van Bramer’s 2009 campaign for city council.

It was not clear if the victim’s sexual orientation had anything to do with the attack or whether or not he was robbed. There is no description of the attackers.

“This is a safe neighborhood,” said Van Bramer. “For any of us, any time there is a violent attack on anyone in the neighborhood, it’s an attack on all of us.”

Hero helps thwart Sunnyside rape


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THE COURIER/photo by Michael Pantelidis

Sunnyside residents can feel safer under one Good Samaritan’s watch.

Mike Novak woke up to the sound of a woman screaming at 5:45 a.m. on April 8 – Easter Sunday.

The 54 year old rushed downstairs, thinking of his wife’s safety first. After finding her unharmed, Novak ran outside to find a woman being attacked and groped by a man in the bushes down the block from his house.

“I heard someone screaming, ‘Help me, help me,’” Novak said. “I ran out into the street and I heard the screaming again. I saw there was a commotion in the bushes in front of the house down the street. As I came closer, the guy looked up, saw me and ran.”

Novak, who has 30 years of kung fu experience, initially gave chase, but was not wearing shoes and was unable to catch the suspect.

“He had a good lead on me and he was wearing sneakers,” said the Sunnyside resident of 31 years. “The lady was saying, ‘Please don’t leave me,’ so I went back to her. I pulled her out of the bush and brought her inside. She was disheveled and frightened.”

Due to the darkness, Novak was unable to provide a detailed description of the deviant, but said he was a Hispanic male in his late 20s, approximately 5’7”, wearing a brown, hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans. The victim, a neighbor of Novak’s, is 30 years old and roughly four inches shorter than her attacker.

According to Novak, the woman said she was returning from an evening out with her family and was walking home from the nearby No. 7 train station when she was attacked on 39th Avenue and 46th Street. The hero broke up the assault mere moments after it began.

Despite his valiant behavior, Novak is hopeful most would react in the same manner he did.

“I’m not the kind of person that’s going to listen to someone screaming for help and lower the blinds,” said Novak, who does not fear confrontation due to his martial arts experience. “I did what a person is supposed to do. When there is a woman in danger, you are supposed to get help and not just sit around and do nothing. Today it’s a stranger – tomorrow it could be your loved one. I don’t think of myself as a hero. I did what I had to do, which was get this scumbag off of the lady.”

Local elected officials united with Novak at a rally on April 10 to speak out against the attack. The legislators and Sunnyside’s Good Samaritan also handed out fliers with a description of the perpetrator to raise the public’s awareness of the incident.

“One sexual assault against any woman in this city is one too many,” said Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer, who is working with the 108th Precinct during the investigation. “Sunnyside is one of the safest communities in New York City and we all must be vigilant as a community as the 108th precinct pursues leads in the case. I will do all I can to assist the NYPD in getting this sexual predator off our streets. We will track down this cowardly criminal and make sure he is punished and put away.”

The police request that anyone with information regarding the attack call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS.

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