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Suspect wanted in hammer attack robberies charged


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of the NYPD

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


| aaltamirano@queenscourier.com

Photo Courtesy of the NYPD

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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Brookdale Hospital may flatline


| mchan@queenscourier.com

Brookdale Hospital & Medical Center may flatline, following a report from the state that may recommend terminating the cash-strapped hospital’s funding.

The Brooklyn hospital was slammed with a slew of deficiencies during a State Department of Health (DOH) inspection.

Among the laundry list of violations, one 63-year-old man with a medical history of anemia and schizophrenia — who was admitted after falling and sustaining lacerations to his right brow — choked on a sandwich and died, while waiting for a bed in the emergency department. The case was not reported to state agencies as required, according to the report.

In another instance, one 13-year-old female who was reportedly raped at gun point three months prior to her hospital visit was discharged without having “a complete and comprehensive assessment.” According to the report, the hospital failed to note the patient’s psychological and emotional status or access the trauma of assault and impact on the patient. The patient was also not referred to a social worker.

According to Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) spokesperson Jeffrey Hall, the hospital has failed multiple inspections. Following the most recent March inspection, the state DOH recently revisited the hospital and is currently in the process of writing a report for CMS’s review, he said.

The report will determine the future of Brookdale and whether or not the state will pull the hospital from Medicare and Medicaid programs — which Brookdale heavily relies on financially.

In September, the state asked Brookdale to submit a plan of correction to address the issues detailed in the inspection report, Hall said. The hospital was given 90 days to implement the plan.

According to Michael Hinck, a spokesperson for Brookdale’s parent company MediSys — which formerly owned Peninsula Hospital — the state has accepted their plan of correction without any further findings.

“Every hospital from time to time is subject to N.Y.S. inspections which may result in findings and require submission of a plan of correction,” he said. “Brookdale continues to work cooperatively with DOH and other agencies for the best outcomes for our patients.”

A number of other problems detailed in the report found the hospital in unsafe and unsanitary conditions.

According to findings, the seclusion room in the psychiatry unit reeked of “stale urine” and the floor was soiled with urine stains and small debris. The facility also failed to provide instructions to non English-speaking patients entering the emergency department, and two infants in the isolation area of the pediatric unit were left unsupervised by staff for an undisclosed amount of time.

MediSys declined to comment on specific cases due privacy issues and potential legal matters.