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Suspected shooter cuffed after opening fire on cops in Maspeth


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo by Anthony Giudice

Updated Tuesday, March 17, 10 a.m. 

An unidentified gunman was taken into custody moments after he allegedly turned his weapon on police officers responding to a Maspeth emergency Monday morning.

Law enforcement sources said the shots were fired at about 8:20 a.m. as 104th Precinct officers visited a home on 56th Avenue off 60th Street.

Moments earlier, authorities said, police received a call regarding a “man with a gun” at the location.

When the officers arrived at the home, police stated, the suspect — described as a white male in his 20s — fired shots at the officers. No one, however, was hit.

The incident led to a massive police response and search. Within moments, police officers ordered the suspect to drop his firearm; he reportedly complied and was taken into custody.

The gun was recovered, but police did not disclose the type of weapon.

Five officers were also brought to a local hospital for treatment of minor injuries suffered while responding to the shooting.

Charges against the shooter are pending the results of an ongoing investigation.

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Philadelphia man arrested for killing aunt at her Queens Village home


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Updated Sunday, March 15, 11:21 a.m. 

The NYPD charged a Philadelphia man with stabbing his aunt to death with an ice pick inside her Queens Village home last October, authorities said.

Richie Desauguste, 27, was booked on second-degree murder and weapons possession charges for the Oct. 24, 2014, murder of Rose Ragsdale, 66, of 105th Avenue, police announced early Saturday.

Ragsdale was asleep in her bedroom just before 3:20 a.m. that morning when she awoke and spotted a masked intruder, according to police.

When Ragsdale screamed, Desauguste allegedly pulled out an ice pick and stabbed her in the chest and arm. He fled the home but dropped the ice pick at the scene.

Ragsdale, a school bus matron, was pronounced dead at Long Island Jewish Medical Center.

Detectives located Desauguste inside an Applebee’s restaurant at 1710 Hempstead Tpke. in Elmont on Thursday, police sources said. He was subsequently charged with Ragsdale’s murder following questioning.

Police said a family dispute over money may have been the motive in Ragsdale’s killing.

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Cops seek suspects in Forest Hills, Rego Park business burglaries


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of NYPD

Police have released a photo of a man wanted for questioning in a burglary pattern at businesses in Rego Park and Forest Hills dating back to January.

The most recent burglary occurred on March 4 at the Key Food supermarket at 92-02 63rd Dr. in Rego Park after breaking into the market’s side door, police said.

Authorities said the crooks also visited that day the Da Mikelle II Restaurant, located at 102-53 Queens Blvd. in Forest Hills, broke through a rear door and removed an undetermined amount of money.

The person of interest is pictured in a security camera image taken at a nearby 7-Eleven shortly after the March 4 burglaries, authorities said.

Police described the six other incidents in the burglary pattern as follows:

  • On Jan. 24, the burglars broke through the rear wall of the Knish Nosh restaurant at 100-30 Queens Blvd. in Forest Hills and removed kitchen utensils and cash.
  • The following day, Jan. 25, burglars broke through the rear door of the Midorinatsu Hibachi restaurant at 111-16 Queens Blvd. in Forest Hills and stole cash, an ASIS laptop computer and two safe boxes.
  • On Feb. 18, the suspects entered through a skylight at the Rainbow store at 63-22 Austin St. in Rego Park and removed assorted drugs.
  • On Feb. 26, the burglars unsuccessfully attempted to break through the rear door of Colony Drugs and Surgical at 103-19 Queens Blvd. in Forest Hills.
  • The next day, Feb. 27, the crooks also failed in attempts to break into two Rego Park restaurants: Vstrecha at 98-98 Queens Blvd. and Nasicha at 98-92 63rd Dr.

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 burglary of Flushing auto repair shop


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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Police are looking for a man wanted in connection to a burglary of a Flushing auto repair shop on Valentine’s Day.

The suspect, described as a man in his 20s, forced his way into 43 Auto Service, located at 133-28 32nd Ave., on Feb. 14 at about 1:22 a.m. by using a wooden pallet as a ladder and breaking into the side window, cops said. Once inside, he removed an undetermined amount of money and various New York State inspection stickers.

He was last seen wearing a hooded sweatshirt, baseball cap and gloves.

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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Burglar steals inspection stickers from Woodside car dealership: NYPD


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It’s a case of grand theft auto sticker.

Police have released video footage of a man who they say stole nearly 50 inspection stickers from the service shop office of a Woodside car dealership.

The burglary took place at Koeppel Volkswagen, located at 57-01 Northern Blvd., about 6:30 p.m. on Jan. 15.

After entering the office, the suspect took 48 New York State Emissions/Safety Inspection stickers, police 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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Video captures Kew Gardens Hills synagogue burglars


| ctumola@queenscourier.com

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Police have released video footage of a burglary at a Kew Gardens Hills synagogue, where cash was stolen in the early morning hours of Dec. 25.

The two suspects entered the synagogue on 70th Road near 147th Street sometime between 5 and 8:30 a.m. through an open door, cops said. They then took an undetermined amount of money from a box inside the building.


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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Astoria bakery gets burglarized twice within one week: cops


| ctumola@queenscourier.com

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In less than one week, a burglar targeted the same Astoria bakery twice, stealing nearly $2,000, authorities said.

The business, Parisi Bakery, at 30-17 Broadway, was first hit at 2:40 a.m. on Dec. 27. It was burglarized again at 12:40 a.m. on Jan. 1, according to police.

During both burglaries, the suspect broke into the bakery, went behind the counter and took money from the cash register. In total, $1,900 was taken, authorities said.

Police have released a video of the suspect.


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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Manhattan man faces 11 years in prison for robbing three elderly Queens women


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A Manhattan man will soon be sentenced to 11 years in prison after pleading guilty to two separate Queens home invasions, involving three women, one as old as 97, according to the district attorney’s office.

“One’s home is their castle and should be a place of refuge and safety, not a crime scene,” District Attorney Richard Brown said. “In robbing his victims inside their homes, the defendant stole more than just money and personal property—he stole his victims’ security.”

Salvador Morales, 59, pleaded guilty on Monday, to first- and second-degree burglary before Queens Supreme Court Justice Elise Koenderman, prosecutors said. The judge indicated she would sentence Morales to 11 years in prison on Jan. 23.

Morales, in pleading guilty, admitted to the two home invasions, where he targeted three women, ages 72, 73 and 97.

On April 5, he followed the two younger victims from a HSBC bank branch on Kissena Boulevard to their Flushing apartment, according to the district attorney. Morales, who was wearing a yellow construction helmet, white surgical mask and white surgical tape on several fingers, entered their apartment and pushed them to the floor. He then fled with the 72-year-old woman’s handbag, which contained more than $1,000 that had just been withdrawn from the bank. The other woman was taken to the hospital with a fractured leg.

Morales targeted his third victim on April 19 by also following the 97-year-old woman into her building, Brown said. Wearing a surgical mask, Morales entered her Sunnyside apartment by pretending he had been sent by the landlord to check for leaks. Once inside, he got her to take out a large envelope full of cash by asking if she had change for a $100 bill, and then convinced her to take off her rings while checking the faucet. While she wasn’t looking, he fled the apartment with the rings and the envelope, which contained $700 in cash.

Surveillance video helped in identifying Morales as the surgical mask-wearing thief, according to the district attorney’s office. The footage captured him at the sites of both home invasions and at his residence wearing the clothing described by the victims.

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Burglar wanted for stealing $5K in jewelry from Ozone Park home


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A man stole thousands of dollars’ worth of jewelry during a midday burglary on Saturday at an Ozone Park home, police said.

The burglar was able to enter the residence through an unlocked first-floor bedroom window, cops said.

Once inside, he took about $5,000 in jewelry from the top of a dresser before fleeing.

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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Video captures Flushing apartment burglar


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A burglar broke into a Flushing apartment, making off with the resident’s cash and jewelry, police said.

The suspect entered the home, near the Murray Hill Long Island Rail Road station, through a window about 6:20 p.m. on Tuesday, according to authorities. He then took $200 and a necklace.


Police have released video footage of the suspect during the time of the burglary.

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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Video captures suspect who broke into Tequila Sunrise


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A man smashed the front door of a Long Island City Mexican restaurant before taking off with hundreds in cash, police said.

The suspect made his way into the eatery, Tequila Sunrise, at 40-01 Northern Blvd., about 3:15 a.m. on Oct. 24 after breaking the glass front door with an unspecified object, authorities said.

Once inside, he took about $350 from a cash register before fleeing.

Police have released video surveillance footage of the suspect taken inside the restaurant.

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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Burglar shot after attacking officer: NYPD


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A 19-year-old man was shot during a Jamaica home invasion on Monday after he attacked a police officer, authorities said.

When cops arrived at the scene of the burglary on 142nd Street near 109th Avenue about 1:10 p.m., they heard a woman screaming for help from the home’s second floor, police said. Inside, they confronted the burglar, Leighton Friday, in the living room.

Friday then struck one of the officers in the head with a metal object, possibly a crowbar or a hammer, according to published reports. The injured officer and a second officer fired their guns at him, striking Friday in the wrist and thigh.

The officer was transported to Jamaica Hospital in stable condition.

Friday was also taken to Jamaica Hospital in stable condition, authorities said. He has been charged with two counts of burglary, assault on a police officer, resisting arrest and criminal mischief.

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Suspect wanted in connection to 21 Queens, Bronx commercial break-ins


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Police are looking for a man wanted in connection with a string of citywide commercial burglaries.

In a total of 21 incidents, starting in June in Rosedale and most recently occurring on Oct. 20 in the Bronx, at least one suspect broke into commercial establishments via the roof, side or rear doors, or ventilation ducts while the business were closed, according authorities. Money from the cash register and broken-into ATMs, as well as miscellaneous items, such as cigarettes, were taken during the thefts.

In Queens, the burglaries have occurred in Laurelton, Broad Channel, Jamaica, Astoria, Queens Village, Bayside, Hollis, Glen Oaks, College Point, Richmond Hill and Flushing. The other break-ins all happened in the Bronx.

The NYPD has released surveillance photos of the male suspect wanted in an incident on Sept. 12 in Richmond Hill. During this burglary, at about 8 p.m. the suspect entered 88-24 Van Wyck Expressway via the roof, damaged the security system but did not remove any property, police 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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Suspect stole $8K from truck parked on Astoria street: cops


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A man stole thousands in cash from a truck while the driver was making a delivery in Astoria last month, police said.

The suspect broke into the vehicle at about 3 p.m. on Sept. 27.

The 25-year-old driver parked the Hino truck on the corner of Broadway and 35th Street and was making a delivery to an area business when the suspect took $8,000 from the vehicle’s center console, authorities said.

Police said the suspect was wearing eyeglasses a knit hat and a blue sweatshirt at the time of the break-in.

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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Flushing burglars drive off with $48K in aircraft aluminum: police


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Cops are searching for two suspects who they say stole $48,000 worth of aircraft aluminum from a Flushing business on Saturday.

The pair apparently drove a van into the lot of S & L Aerospace Metals, at 120th Street near 28th Avenue around 7:40 a.m before taking off with the aluminum, authorities said.

According to its website, S & L Aerospace has been a “key supplier” to the aircraft industry since 1967.

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Police have released photos of the van the suspects were driving.

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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