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Avonte Oquendo’s mother won’t give up as search headquarters relocate to Astoria


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THE COURIER/ Photo by Angy Altamirano

It has been more than two months since Avonte Oquendo went missing from his Long Island City school, and all his mother wants is to bring him home for Christmas.

“Avonte is still missing. A lot of people think he’s been found and I want them to know that he is still missing and we need to find him,” said Vanessa Fontaine, the autistic teen’s mother. “He has been too long without his mother. I just want to have him home for Christmas.”

Avonte, 14, was last seen at the Center Boulevard School at 1-50 51st Avenue in Long Island City around 12:38 p.m. on Friday, October 4. There have been conflicting reports on how the Rego Park teen, who cannot verbally communicate and is supposed to be supervised at all times, managed to leave the school.

Volunteers have been searching daily for the boy, who family says loves trains. Police have searched for him by helicopter, with divers, and drove around in patrol cars and search vans with loudspeakers echoing Avonte’s mother’s calls. Volunteers have posted fliers with Avonte’s photo and information throughout the city.

Family and volunteers searching for the boy were operating out of an RV located on Borden Avenue and Center Boulevard, and tents outside of Avonte’s school. Yet, due to the cold weather, the volunteer headquarters has moved indoors to 21-81A 24th Street in Astoria and are in need of more volunteers, said Fontaine.

Fontaine said she believes someone might have her son and is asking for whoever does to drop him off at a public area, attach a note saying “I’m the missing boy, call 9-1-1,” and go on their way.

“I just want my son,” she said. “I’m not going to send any negative vibes to that person. I just want my child, that’s it.”

She also said that if anyone spots Avonte or thinks that it might be him, they should not wait, but should call 9-1-1 immediately and let police know the location.

The new headquarters, which will be opened from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., seven days a week, will function as a permanent location until Avonte is brought home safe and sound, said a volunteer. Volunteers are encouraged to stop by the site or call 718-606-6610. For more information, visit the Official Help Find Avonte Facebook page.

Since Avonte went missing, the reward to find him has increased to $95,000.

Avonte was last seen wearing a gray striped shirt, black jeans and black sneakers. He is 5’3” tall and weighs 125 pounds.

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 or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.

 

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Police looking for suspect in deadly Woodhaven hit-and-run


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Updated December 7, 3:57 p.m.

Police are looking for a suspect who fatally struck a man in Woodhaven Friday morning.

The victim, 35-year-old Yunior Antonio Perez Rodriguez, of Brooklyn, was struck by a car around 3:15 a.m. while attempting to cross Woodhaven Boulevard at Jamaica Avenue, said cops.

Rodriguez sustained severe trauma and was taken to Jamaica Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Police said they are looking for the driver, who was possibly driving a white Honda sedan and did not remain on the scene.

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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Police searching for suspects in Flushing, Briarwood robberies


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Video Courtesy NYPD

Police are looking for two men wanted in connection with two robberies on Saturday.

According to the NYPD, the first robbery occurred at approximately 12:25 a.m. in the vicinity of 58th Road and 138th Street in Flushing. The two suspects approached a 22-year-old male victim, placed him in a chokehold, displayed a firearm and then removed his Samsung Galaxy cellphone and wallet. No medical attention was requested after the incident.

The second robbery took place the same day around 12:45 a.m.near 84th Drive and 148th Street in Briarwood , said police. The suspects approached the 31-year-old male and 38-year-old female victims, displayed a firearm and removed their iPhone, purse and wallet, and then fled. No medical attention was requested after this incident.

According to police, the suspects are described as being 18 to 20-year-old males, approximately 5’7”to 5’9” with thin builds.

The NYPD has released a video of the first robbery in Flushing.

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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NYPD looking for attempted rape suspect


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Sketch courtesy of NYPD

The NYPD is looking for a suspect who allegedly grabbed a woman, threw her to the ground and attempted to rape her.

Friday morning at 4:45 a.m., the 23-year-old victim was followed from a bus stop within the confines of the 107th Precinct. The suspect then grabbed her by the throat, shoved her to the ground and punched her in the head, police said.

The suspect allegedly attempted to rape the Asian woman, but fled when a witness heard the victim’s screams for help. The witness yelled to the attacker that he had called 9-1-1, according to police.

The suspect is described as a white male with light complexion, 20 to 30 years old, 5 foot 5 inches to 5 foot 8 inches, 150 to 170 pounds with short dark hair. He was last seen wearing a black T-shirt and dark jeans.

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.crimestoppers.com or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.

 

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Jackson Heights bank robbery suspect wanted


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Photo Courtesy NYPD

Police are looking for a man who robbed a Jackson Heights bank.

According to cops, on Wednesday, October 2 at approximately 9:36 a.m., the suspect enter the Citibank, located at 80-19 Roosevelt Avenue, and approached a teller and passed her a note. The note said the suspect had a firearm and was demanding cash. The teller did what the note said and the suspect fled with close to $800. No injuries were sustained during the robbery.

The suspect is described as a white male, between 25 to 30 years old, 5’8”tall, slim build, and at the time wearing a black winter coat, sunglasses, a grey knitted hat and carrying a black guitar case.

Police have released a photo 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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Suspects wanted in attempted robbery at Jackson Heights deli


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Photos Courtesy of the NYPD

Police are looking for a man and woman in connection to an attempted robbery at a Jackson Heights deli.

The two suspects entered Flor’s Deli, located at 94-01 Roosevelt Avenue at approximately 1:14 a.m., the female suspect distracted the store clerk while the male suspect went behind the counter, according the NYPD.  The male suspect then displayed a knife while demanding for money.

The victim fought back and the suspects fled the deli empty handed.

Police have released photos of the two suspects.

Anyone with information 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.

 

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Police search for suspect in Richmond Hill attempted rape


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Video courtesy of NYPD

The police are searching for a suspect wanted in connection to an alleged attempted rape in Richmond Hill.

According to the NYPD, on Friday, July 5, at approximately 3:15 a.m., the 21-year-old victim was walking near 115th Street and 85th Avenue when she was approached by the suspect who grabbed her from behind, threw her onto the floor and attempted to rape her. Upon seeing a car pass in the street the suspect fled the area.

The police describe the suspect as a Hispanic male, 5’9″ tall, 180 pounds and with a medium complexion.

The NYPD has 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 Crime Stoppers website or can text their tips to CRIMES (274637), then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.

 

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Suspect sexually assaults teen twice in Jackson Heights


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Courtesy of NYPD

Police are seeking a man wanted for sexually assaulting a teen in Jackson Heights.

According to the NYPD, on Wednesday, July 3 at approximately 11 p.m. the suspect approached the 15 year old victim, showed him a black firearm and took the victim’s iPod. The suspect then force the victim to follow him to 37-28 89th Street where he sexually assaulted him, then the suspect proceeded in forcing the victim to 94-17 42nd Avenue where he sexually assaulted him again.

Police describe the suspect as a Hispanic male between 20 to 27 years old, 5’4’’, 180 pounds, wearing brown pants, a white tank top and an orange baseball cap with a Yankees logo.

The NYPD has released a video capture before the incident.

Anyone with information 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.

 

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Man found shot several times in his vehicle in Jamaica


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A 33-year-old man was found shot dead while seated inside of his car, said police.

According to the NYPD, on Friday, May 31 at approximately 6:48 a.m. cops discovered Kelly Mullins with several gunshot wounds while seated inside of his vehicle on 159th Street in Jamaica. Emergency medical units responded, but Mullins was pronounced dead at the scene.

There are no arrests at this time and the investigation is still ongoing.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto Crime Stoppers website by texting their tips to CRIMES (274637), then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.

Suspect wanted in apparent hate crime assault in Jackson Heights


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Photo Courtesy of NYPD

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

Video courtesy of NYPD

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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New video released of South Ozone Park child sex assault suspect; $12K reward offered


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Video courtesy of NYPD

Police have released a second video of the suspect wanted for the sex assaults of two Queens girls in South Ozone Park last week.

The newly released footage shows the suspect after he groped a seven-year-old as she sat on the stoop of her home Wednesday afternoon.

A previously released video allegedly shows the same man who came up to another seven-year-old girl around 6 p.m. that same day outside of a South Ozone Park driveway. He performed a criminal sex act on the girl, then fled on foot.

The NYPD is offering $12,000 reward for any information leading to the arrest of the man.

The suspect is described as a man in his 20s, of dark complexion, 5’11 – 6’1″ tall, 160 pounds, with black hair. He was last seen in a blue hooded-sweatshirt with unknown white writing on the front, dark jeans and carrying a purple backpack.

Anyone with information in regards to either of the above crimes is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (5477).  The public can also submit their tips by visiting the Crime Stoppers website at or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.

Police previously released the following sketch and photos of the suspect:

 

 

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Police searching for suspects in Corona robbery


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Courtesy of NYPD

Police are looking for four suspects in connection to a robbery in Corona.

On Saturday, April 13 at 5 a.m. the suspects approached a 28-year-old victim and assaulted him as he was walking in front of 35-02 103rd Street, police said. They removed his wallet and chain before fleeing the scene. The victim suffered injuries to his face and was taken to Elmhurst Hospital.

Police described the first suspect as a Hispanic male wearing a dark blue jacket, gray pants and gray sneakers.

The second suspect is a Hispanic male with dark facial hair and wearing a black winter hat, black hooded sweatshirt, black bubble vest, blue jeans and black sneakers

The third suspect is a Hispanic male with dark short hair and wearing a black leather coat, black jeans with a chain on his left pocket and black sneakers.

The fourth suspect is a Hispanic male wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt, dark pants and black sneakers. He was also carrying a white plastic shopping bag.

Authorities have released a surveillance video of three of the suspects.

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 by texting their tips to CRIMES (274637), then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.

Call for gun control as Corona murder remains unsolved


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THE COURIER/Photo by Angy Altamirano

Debra Greene received a call at work last April that changed her life forever. Her oldest son, Theodore Malcolm Greene, had been shot on his way home by an unknown perpetrator and by the time she reached the hospital, Theodore was gone.

One year later, there are still no answers for this grieving mother who said all she wants is closure and justice.

“It’s not easy, there’s no closure,” said Greene. “I fight with anger all the time. Someone had to have seen something.”

The 26-year-old victim had been coming back from celebrating a friend’s birthday in Manhattan when he was approached at approximately 5 a.m. and shot 21 times in front of 98-25 Horace Harding Expressway in LeFrak City on Friday, April 20.

Greene said all she knows is that there had been a fight at the club that night, but that through surveillance videos, police noted her son was not a part of the quarrel.

“None of this makes sense to me,” said Greene. “I would like to know, I would like justice.”

Now, Councilmember Daniel Dromm and Senator Jose Peralta have come together to urge local residents to speak up and help solve this murder. An additional $2,000 has been pledged to the initial $22,000 reward for any information leading to the arrest and conviction of a suspect.

“A killer is free in New York City and we don’t know who that is,” said Dromm. “By increasing the reward amount, we are sending a strong message that we are not giving up on our search.”

Peralta said the community needs to denounce gun violence loudly and help save another similar incident from happening.

“Guns are a plague in some Queens communities,” said Peralta. “I will continue my fight to get them off of our streets and to put violent criminals in jail.”

Dromm also addressed the recent vote in Congress surrounding gun control.

“It’s a total disgrace,” he said. “We have to, as Americans, realize that gun violence affects our communities, affects families, affects mothers. When a mother loses a child, their life is never the same again.”

Along with lending his support in helping solve the LeFrak City murder, Peralta emphasized the need to pass firearm microstamping, which would allow guns and ammunition to become easier to track with markings on shell casings left behind at crime scenes. This method, Peralta believes, could have already helped solve Theodore’s murder.

“It will take all of us working together as neighbors and friends to bring peace to the lives of the family of Theodore Greene and at least some comfort,” said Peralta. “These bullet cases could be the difference between finding the killer and not.”

In the meantime, Greene passes the site where her son was cut down every day.

Some days, she said, are better than others. But some days, reality hits and she remembers her “smart boy” who had plans for a future.

Officials are asking anyone with information on this incident to call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS.

 

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Robber throws straphanger on ground, steals purse


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Photo courtesy of NYPD

Police are looking for a suspect wanted for robbing a woman at a Queens subway station.

According to the NYPD, as the 27-year-old victim descended the stairs of the station, the suspect approached her, threw her to the ground, then fled on foot with her handbag.

The incident happened around 6 a.m. on Friday, March 8 at the 169th Street F line stop, located at at Homelawn Street and Hillside Avenue.

The suspect is described as a black male in his 30s, 5’7″ tall, 165 pounds and was wearing all black.

Anyone with information 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 by texting their tips to CRIMES (274637), then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.

 

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