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Suspects wanted for assault aboard ‘E’ train


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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.

Three wanted for Corona jewelry store robbery


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jewelry robbery

Police are looking for three men wanted for robbing a jewelry store in Corona last month.

According to the NYPD, on December 19, around 2 p.m., two of the suspects, masked, entered Elegance Jewelry Store, located at 37-56 Junction Boulevard, while a third suspect held the door open and acted as the lookout.

Inside, the two men displayed a firearm and forced the store employees to the rear of the location. Next, they smashed the display counters,  took  approximately $80,000 in jewelry and fled the store.

All three suspects are 25 to 30 years old. The first suspect, the lookout, has a medium build and was wearing blue jeans, a black waist-length coat, light colored hat and glasses.The second suspect was wearing blue jeans, brown waist-length blazer, beige hat and brown shoes. The third suspect was wearing a black leather jacket, black pants and black hat with a “Mitchell and Ness” logo.

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.

 

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Man sought in five Queens larcenies


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The NYPD is asking for your help in finding the man wanted in connection with five larcenies:

  • On Saturday, July 21, the man entered a location on Kissena Boulevard and removed a purse containing credit cards, money, sunglasses, keys and other miscellaneous items.
  • On Wednesday, August 1, the perp entered a location on Roosevelt Avenue and took a cell phone from the counter.
  • On Tuesday, October 2, the perp swiped a cell phone from a location on 41st Road.
  • On Friday, November 2, another cell phone was taken from a location on Northern Boulevard.
  • On Monday, November 26, the man took money from a woman’s purse on Maple Avenue.

Police say the suspect is a Hispanic man, 30 to 40 years old, 220 to 300 pounds, 5’10”-6’ tall, large build and casually dressed.

Anyone with information in regards to these incidents 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.

 

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Police search for suspects in 15 Queens armed robberies


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The NYPD is looking for two men wanted in a string of commercial gunpoint robberies around Queens.

During each incident, the suspects, wearing masks and displaying firearms, entered the location and removed cash and property, said police. No one was injured during any of the robberies.

The first incident occurred on November 29 at a Gulf gas station at 131-07 Farmers Boulevard in Jamaica, and the most recent one was on Sunday, at the Hillside Mobile Gas Station on 165-01 Hillside Avenue, also in Jamaica.

All of the robberies occurred in the late afternoon to early evening and, in addition to Jamaica, took place in Hollis, Flushing, Woodside and Springfield Gardens.

The suspects are described as black or Hispanic males. Suspect one was  wearing dark clothing, glasses, a Yankees baseball hat and a partial mask. Suspect two was wearing a black leather jacket, dark clothing, a black face mask and a black skull cap.

Authorities are also trying to identify an individual wanted for questioning in regards to the use of a credit card reported stolen during one of the robberies.

That incident took place on Tuesday, January 15, at around 6:30 p.m., at the Great Big Supermarket on 222-16 144th Avenue in Springfield Gardens.

Anyone with information in regards to these incidents 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.

 


A video of suspect one.

 

A video of suspect two.

This suspect is wanted for questioning in regards to the use of a credit card reported stolen during one of the robberies at the Great Big Supermarket on 222-16 144th Avenue on January 15.

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Pair con 68-year-old out of $4,500


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Police are looking for two suspects that swindled $4,500 out of a 68-year-old woman in western Queens.

According to the NYPD, on December 12, the suspects, a man and a woman, came up to the victim and told her that they had found a large sum of money. They said that they could split the cash with her, but they would have to pay taxes on it.

They then drove the victim to the bank where she withdrew $4,500 and gave it to the male suspect. They drove to another location and when the victim got out of the vehicle, the suspects fled in in a black sedan with Connecticut plates.

The suspects are described as a black man and woman, both 35 to 40 years old. The male was wearing a brown suit and the female was wearing a dark hat, blue and white scarf, and dark blue jacket.

Anyone with information in regard 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.

 

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Attempted robber wanted in Forest Hills


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Police are looking for a suspect who attempted to rob two women, including a 76-year-old, in Flushing last week.

On Monday, January 7, at around 4:40 p.m. in the vicinity of Kissena Boulevard and Beech Avenue, the suspect pushed the 76-year-old victim to the ground and attempted to take her property, said police.

When the suspect was not able to rob the first victim,  he attempted to rob a 53-year-old woman. Again, he wasn’t able to take anything from her, then fled the area.

The 76-year-old sustained minor injuries in the incident.

Authorities describe the suspect as an Asian male, approximately 5’11″-6’2″ tall with pocked skin. He was last seen wearing a tan bubble jacket, tan pants and dark sneakers.

Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-557-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto Crime Stoppers website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.

 

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Man wanted for questioning in Queens bodega murder


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The NYPD has released the photo of a suspect wanted in connection to the murder of 26-year-old Ishak Ghali,who was shot and killed Thursday night while working at All Friends Deli on Onderdonk Avenue in Ridgewood.

According to authorities, the man they are looking to question was last seen running from the area where the crime occurred and was wearing a dark knit hat, blue jeans and white sneakers.

A $12,000 reward has been offered for any information leading to the murder’s arrest.

 

Anyone with information in regards to this homicide or the identity of the male is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS or submit tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers Website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or texting to 274637(CRIMES) then entering TIP577.

 

 

Suspect in deadly subway pushing charged with murder


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The suspect who allegedly pushed a Queens man to his death at a Midtown subway station has been charged with intentional murder in the second degree and depraved indifference murder in the second degree, said the NYPD.

Naeem Davis, 30, who is currently homeless, but according to the New York Post lived in Queens until six months ago, was picked up by police for questioning Tuesday near the vicinity of the West 49th Street and 7th Avenue station where the incident occurred.

While in custody, he reportedly made statements implicating himself.

In a video taken on the subway platform right before the shoving incident, the suspect was seen cursing and yelling at the victim, Ki-Suck Han, 58, of Elmhurst.

The alleged subway pusher was also caught on camera as authorities took him in for questioning.

Though the police’s description of the suspect said that he was wearing dreads, in the footage from yesterday, Davis is bald and may have shaved his head following the incident.

Video: NBC New York

Suspect sought in Queens, Brooklyn, Bronx bank robberies


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The NYPD is looking for a man wanted in connection to eight bank robberies, which occurred in Queens, Brooklyn and the Bronx last month.

In each incident, according to police, the suspect, Derek Colon, 24, entered the bank and passed a note to the teller without displaying or simulating any weapons. He succeeded in stealing cash during half of the robberies.

Starting on Saturday, November 10, he hit an Emigrant Savings at 370 East 149th Street in the Bronx around 11:45 a.m., and fled with an undetermined amount of money, said authorites.

A few days later, he struck a Chase bank at 726 Grand Avenue in Brooklyn, but did not leave with cash.

On the afternoon of Monday, November 19, within 30 minutes, the suspect robbed two more Bronx banks, then another one in the borough on November 21.

On Friday, November 23, Colon hit his first Queens bank at 70-01 Forest Avenue in Ridgewood.

The two most recent robberies, also in Ridgewood, occurred last Friday.

At around 3 p.m. Colon struck a bank at 918 Seneca Avenue, but fled without stealing any money.

Immediately after, he robbed a bank located at 56-29 Myrtle Avenue, and was able to get away with cash.

Police describe Colon as 5’6″ tall and 140 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes.

Anyone with information in regard to this homicide 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 or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.  All calls are strictly confidential.

 

Queens man pushed to death at Midtown subway station


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Police are looking for a suspect who pushed an Elmhurst man onto the subway tracks of a Midtown station Monday, killing the victim when an approaching train struck him.

Authorities have classified the death as a homicide, and have released a video of the incident, which happened around 12:30 p.m. at the West 49th Street and 7th Avenue station.

In the footage, the suspect, using expletives, tells the victim, Ki-Suck Han, 58,  to leave him alone and go wait for the train.

The suspect then shoved Han onto the tracks, where he was hit by a Brooklyn bound “R” train that was entering the station, said police.

The victim was taken to St. Luke’s Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

According to multiple media reports, witnesses said that the suspect was talking to himself before he began arguing with Han, and may have been emotionally disturbed.

Authorities describe the suspect as a black male with dreadlocks, and was last seen wearing a dark jacket, gray T-shirt and cap.

Anyone with information in regard to this homicide 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 or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.  All calls are strictly confidential.

 

Cop impersonators wanted for Queens attempted robbery


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Cop impersanators

Authorities are looking for two men who allegedly posed as police officers while attempting to rob a Queens home.

On Wednesday, September 26, around 1 p.m., a 49-year-old man, thinking that the suspects, who displayed shields and carried guns, were cops, let them into his home in the vicinity of Cypress Avenue, said the NYPD.

The police impersonators tried to rob the victim, but fled the location before taking any property.

No injuries were reported at the scene.

Suspect one was last seen wearing a gray zipper sweater, gray sweatshirt, dark jeans, black and gray baseball cap, black boots and black gloves. Suspect two was last seen wearing a light gray jacket, white shirt, blue jeans, black boots, black gloves, and a gray and black baseball cap. Both are described as as Hispanic males.

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

Cops nab suspect in sex assault of 2 Queens girls


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Police nabbed a Brooklyn man for the alleged sexual assault of two young girls in their Queens apartment building.

On November 12, around 7:10 p.m., the suspect entered a Jackson Heights apartment building and went into the laundry room, said police, where he sexually assaulted two girls, aged 4 and 9.

Mario Lopez, 52, was arrested and charged with sex abuse and endangering the welfare of a child among other charges.

The area’s councilmember, Daniel Dromm, planned to hand out leaflets with a photo of the suspect today to raise awareness of the incident.

“We will not tolerate a crime of this nature in our community,” said Dromm.

Suspect wanted for child sex assault in Jackson Heights


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The NYPD is looking for a man who sexually assaulted two girls in Queens Monday.

On November 12, around 7:10 p.m., the suspect entered a Jackson Heights apartment building and went into the laundry room, said police.

There, he sexually abused a four-year-old and nine-year-old girl, then fled the scene.

Authorities describe the suspect as Hispanic, 35 to 45 years old, and wearing a blue and white striped zip-up hooded sweatshirt.

Anyone with information in regards to this sexual abuse is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS. The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website or texting their tips to 274637(CRIMES) then enter TIP577.

 

 

 

 

Man robs same Queens bank three times in one month


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The NYPD is looking for a man who robbed the same Rego Park bank three times in October.

On the afternoon of October 1, the suspect first hit the Valley National Bank, located at 94-05 63rd Drive and passed a note demanding money to a teller. After receiving the cash, he fled on foot.

Following the same mode of operation, he robbed the bank again in the early afternoon hours of October 12 and 22, escaping on foot with the money.

The suspect is described as a black male in his 20s, 5’3” to 5’7” tall and approximately 140 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 Crime Stoppers’ website or by texting their tips to CRIMES (274637), then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential. 

After Queens library assault, call for stricter laws


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THE COURIER/Photo by Maggie Hayes

BY TERENCE M. CULLEN AND MAGGIE HAYES

Police are looking for a suspect who reportedly sexually assaulted a 10-year-old girl at the Pomonok branch of the Queens Library in the middle of the day.

“There are a lot of little children that are in [the library] by themselves,” said a 14-year-old who lives nearby. “You have nobody watching you. Instead you have people like this walking in, doing things and walking out.”

The suspect, described as a Hispanic man in his early to mid-20s, molested the girl around 4 p.m. on Monday, October 15. Police describe the man as 5’10” and 200 pounds, of light complexion with slick black hair pulled back in a bun.
“In this neighborhood, the library is like a babysitter,” said Patricia S., who lives just up the block from the branch on

Jewel Avenue and also frequents the library. “[Kids] run around through the aisles, no one is looking out for them.”
Police could not release any other details at this time, as the investigation is ongoing.

There are several registered sex offenders living within the vicinity of the library, according to the advocacy website Familywatchdog.us.

The teen noted that she has seen younger children get dropped off at the Pomonok branch by their parents or wait there after school to be picked up.

Joanne King, communications director for Queens Libraries, said the system always tries to ensure that everyone who frequents any branch feels safe and in a good environment.

“Queens Libraries are secure, family-friendly environments for education and enrichment,” she said. “The safety of our patrons and staff is always our number one priority.”

While sex offenders are banned from entering playgrounds, courts have ruled it unconstitutional to ban them completely from public libraries.

Just this summer, a man with a history of sexual-related run-ins with the law was arrested for inappropriately touching two young girls outside of the Flushing Library.

Councilmember Peter Vallone and Public Advocate Bill de Blasio as a result wrote letters to state legislators calling for registered sex offenders to at least be banned from the children’s reading rooms of libraries.

Following the Pomonok assault, de Blasio released a statement calling again for tighter laws against known sex offenders in children’s sections of libraries.

“Today in New York City, a sexual predator could walk into a children’s room at any library, and there’s nothing we can do to stop them,” he said. “We need a tougher law that bans convicted offenders from children’s rooms to deter would-be attackers and empower law enforcement to quickly intervene. We intend to work closely with the State Legislature to protect children in our libraries.”