Tag Archives: Crimes

Shock cop suicide


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Shock cop suicide

An NYPD cop fatally shot himself last night while on-duty and interviewing the victim of a Queens car break-in, sources told The Post. The officer, whose name was withheld pending family notification, got into a heated argument on his cellphone with his girlfriend and fired one bullet into his face after the conversation ended at around 11 p.m., the sources said. The cop, a five-year veteran assigned to the 111th Precinct, went with his partner to a house on 211th Street near 85th Avenue in Hollis Hills to talk to a man whose car had been broken into Wednesday. Read More: New York Post

 

Bus teen shot on ‘slay’ line

A 16-year-old boy was shot in the leg yesterday while riding a bus on the Queens line that saw a fatal shooting last month, authorities said. The shooting took place at 3:20 p.m. on the southbound Q111 bus near Seagirt Avenue and Beach 20th Street in Far Rockaway, said an MTA spokesman. Police said the teen has been uncooperative and no arrests have been made. He was treated at Long Island Jewish Hospital After he was shot, the teen approached the driver to report that he had been shot in the leg, according to the MTA spokesman. On Dec 2, Damel Burton, 34, allegedly killed one innocent passenger and wounded another on a crowded Q111 bus in Jamaica. Read More: New York Post

 

Police Shoot Suspect In Attempted Carjacking

Police on Thursday shot a man accused of trying to carjack an elderly driver in Queens. Investigators say the suspect approached his 89-year-old victim while he was parked on Christie Avenue in Corona. The suspect allegedly struck the victim with a gun and then fled the scene. Police gave chase and the suspect later ran into a driveway on 46th Avenue. An officer fired one round at the suspect when he turned to police holding a gun. The weapon turned out to be a BB gun. Read More: NY1

 

Super outlook for Manning

This is when you separate the Mann from the boys. Win one game. Win this game. The hope and dreams of a storied franchise, of a city thirsting for another championship, heaped on one Mann’s shoulders. The Right Mann. The Only Mann Giants fans want for the job. Everyone can see the focus in his eyes, now and forever. He sees 49ers directly in front of him, and that Lombardi Trophy he craves to hoist again in the not-so-distant future. Read More: New York Post

 

‘Qaeda’ subway plotter No. 4

Federal prosecutors have revealed that there was a fourth man in the United States connected to a 2009 al Qaeda-sanctioned plot to blow up subway lines in New York City. Officials last week quietly revised the indictment against one of the conspirators, Adis Medunjanin, alleging that he — along with former high school classmates Najibullah Zazi and Zarein Ahmedzay — tried to recruit someone identified only as “John Doe” to travel to Pakistan “to wage violent jihad.” It’s the first time prosecutors indicated there was a fourth person in the United States linked to what may have been the most legitimate terror plot since 9/11. Now Medunjanin’s attorney, Robert Gottlieb, wants Brooklyn federal prosecutors to unveil the identity of the mystery man before he turns up as a possible witness at a trial set for March. Read More: New York Post

 

Parody video ‘S—t New Yorkers Say’ by blogger Eliot Glazer goes viral — and he doesn’t go to Queens

 

Out of left field

Pieces of Citi Field history — all three years of it — are on sale to the highest bidder. In a decidedly odd online auction, the cash-strapped Mets are hawking seven separate chunks of the padded barrier, that’s been guarded by such “old-time” Amazin’s legends as Daniel Murphy and Jason Bay. Flushing faithful with a few thousand bucks in their pockets can get their hands on markers celebrating their favorite corporate sponsors and championship teams. Mets VP Jay Horwitz insisted the sale isn’t a cash grab, just a routine auction prompted by the team’s left-field redesign. Read More: New York Post

Mom remembers daughters killed in Conn. Christmas Day blaze, calls tragedy ‘incomprehensible’


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Mom remembers daughters killed in Conn. Christmas Day blaze, calls tragedy ‘incomprehensible’

 

Calling the Christmas Day fire that killed her three daughters and parents “incomprehensible,” fashion ad exec Madonna Badger told hundreds of people packed in a Fifth Avenue church this morning that she’ll never forget her family. “Why did this happen to my parents and my children and why now? Nothing will bring my babies back,” Badger told mourners during an emotional eulogy at St. Thomas Church. Read More: New York Post

City’s New 911 Call Center Improves Capacity, Maps

 Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced Thursday what he called a major milestone when it comes to upgrading the city’s 911 system. Earlier in the day, members of the media were given a tour of the new emergency services call center at the MetroTech Center in Brooklyn. The $2 billion upgrade expands the center’s capacity six-fold, and includes technology that maps a caller’s location instantly. Previously, operators had to go through multiple steps to create a visual location. City officials say the upgrade is crucial as more than half of the calls received come from mobile phones. Read More: NY1

 

Feds announce MS-13 gang takedown in Queens

Federal officials say 10 members of a violent international street gang known as “MS-13” have been charged with racketeering and attempted murder after a lengthy investigation. Members of the group have been accused of at least two attempted murders. Authorities believe they plotted to kill rival gang members. Federal officials say the group marauded in Queens. Officials say they also worked with fellow members throughout the U.S. and the group’s El Salvador headquarters to smuggle gang members over the border. The indictment filed by U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch was unsealed Thursday. Read More: New York Post

 

Nurses protest at Flushing Hospital

Registered nurses at Flushing Hospital Medical Center hit the picket line — demanding contracts for health and pension benefits. Hundreds of nurses gathered outside of the hospital on Parsons Boulevard during their designated break time — from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. — today on January 5 to protest after the union and hospital administration reached negotiation stalemates. Read More: Queens Courier

 

WATCH: Casey Anthony speaks out in video diary, doesn’t mention daughter

For the first time, it seems Casey Anthony might be speaking out. The mother acquitted of charges of killing her two-year-old daughter, Caylee, allegedly appears on a video diary that surfaced on the web Thursday morning. The woman, who looks and sounds like Anthony, talks only in general about her well-being and references being kept in an undisclosed location. NBC News reported that they confirmed the video was of Anthony. Read More & Watch: New York Post

 

 

7 arrested, including councilman at NYC protest on worship in schools

 

Several pastors and a New York City councilman have been arrested at a protest against the city’s plans to evict worship services from school buildings. Seven demonstrators, including Councilman Fernando Cabrera, were charged with trespass Thursday. Police say they refused to move from the entrance to the city’s Law Department in Manhattan. The city has told about 60 churches they must stop holding worship services in public schools after Feb. 12. It argues separation of church and state and cites a court decision. In addition, the city Housing Authority says it’s reviewing its policy on renting space to outside groups, including five churches. Read More: New York Post
Hatred fueled Queens man to toss Molotov cocktail at mosque

 

A deranged Queens man told detectives he attacked a mosque with a Molotov cocktail because “I hate all Muslims and Arabs. They’ve been trying to take over my life for 40 years.” Ray Lazier Lengend’s bizarre confession was revealed today while he was being arraigned under pyschiatric examination at Bellevue Hospital Center. Lengend, 40, dressed in burgundy t-shirt and blue jeans, appeared attentive but disgusted during the brief hearing. In his confession, Lengend described how his New Year’s Day attack began when he drove his Silver Buick to an Amoco Mobil gas station on Hillside Avenue to buy five frappacino glasses to turn into Molotov cocktals. “The store gave me three free,” he said. Read More: New York Post

 

 

Retrial set for March 8 in East Village case of coma-inducing argument over parking spot

A March retrial date has been set for the muscle-bound Brooklyn electrician who punched a woman into a coma when they argued over an East Village parking spot. Oscar Fuller will be retried on felony assault on March 8 in Manhattan Supreme Court for the single punch he landed on the face of 25-year-old Lana Rosas as they argued nose-to-nose on East 14th Street last February. The blow struck the 4-foot-11 Rosas so hard, that according to numerous eyewitness accounts she was briefly airborne before striking the pavement with the back of her head. She was in a coma for nine days and hospitalized for months. Read More: New York Post

 

Suicide girl’s mom rages at her bullies

Tragic Amanda Cummings’ mother and sister used her Facebook page yesterday to lash out at the “evil son of a bitches’’ whose unrelenting bullying drove the Staten Island teen to suicide. Amanda jumped in front of a city bus two days after Christmas when she was dealt the final blow — her 19-year-old boyfriend dumped her. Her tormenters zeroed in on areas where their victim was most vulnerable. They joked that the slim 15-year-old was anorexic, and taunted her about the love triangle she was involved in. “This is to all you evil son of a bitches that picked on, talked about and threatened my baby,” heartbroken mother Cece Weber wrote on her daughter’s Facebook page. Read More: New York Post

Suspects Held Without Bail In Alleged Murder Of NYPD Officer


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Suspects Held Without Bail In Alleged Murder Of NYPD Officer

Prosecutors said Tuesday that Lamont Pride didn’t hesitate to pull the trigger on NYPD Officer Peter Figoski. “He was targeted for homicide because he wore the uniform of the NYPD,” said Ken Taub, chief of homicide at the Brooklyn district attorney’s office. Prosecutors say Pride and four accomplices went to a basement apartment on Pine Street in Cypress Hills early Monday to rob a drug dealer, but when police arrived, the alleged robbers were cornered. Pride allegedly shot Figoski once in the face, killing him. Read More: NY1

Cop-slayer suspect’s gun came from same Virigina store as 1990 killing

Twenty-one years separate the fatal shooting of Officer Peter Figoski from the senseless murder of 9-month-old Rayvon Jamison, but they are linked by a terrible history. The guns that killed them both came from the same Virginia store. And that store is still owned by the same man, Marlon Dance. In August 1990, little Rayvon became the poster boy for victims of senseless gun violence when he was felled in his Bronx apartment by stray shots that pierced a metal door and cut him down in his walker. Now, Figoski — a 47-year-old father of four — has become the face of New York’s futile fight to stop the flow of deadly guns from Virginia’s gun dealers up the so-called Iron Pipeline to the city. Read More: Daily News

Five charged in killing of Officer Peter Figoski: Lamont Pride, Kevin Santos, Nelson Moralez, Ariel Tejada and Michael Velez

The five men who took the life of decorated NYPD Officer Peter Figoski in a botched robbery have spent much of their lives pulling the kinds of crimes Figoski dedicated his life to stamping out. The five petty crooks in their have lengthy rap sheets stretching back a dozen years. “Even though they’re relatively young people, they still have significant experience in crime,” said Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly. Their criminal resumes are littered with larcenies, muggings, drug possession and trespassing raps. Read More: Daily News

Two sanitation workers make life-saving catch in Rockaways

Two sanitation workers made life-saving grabs as they caught five children who leapt from a burning house in the Rockaways. Joseph Maneggio and Semi Nkozi saw a house ablaze on McBride Street while on their route at approximately 6:15 a.m. this morning.  The sanitation workers raced over and caught the children as they jumped from the roof.  A woman, also on the roof, suffered a broken foot from the jump. Read More: Queens Courier

Jet fan’s vicious ‘chief’ beatdown

A diehard Jet fan was savagely beaten on his own turf by a drunken gang of Kansas City Chiefs fans after their team was trounced on Sunday — with one of the assailants barking “F–k New York” and “You all deserved what happened on 9/11!” the victim’s distraught family told The Post. James Mohr, 23, a physical-education teacher at the Bronx Guild vocational high school, was wearing his Jets gear after the team’s 37-10 victory as he walked through Parking Lot J at MetLife Stadium when a woman standing with a pack of thugs screamed the vile taunts. Mohr took offense and told the rowdies their 9/11 insult was “disrespectful,” said his sister, Anna Mohr, 28. Read More: New York Post

Jury slams cage door on SoHo’s ‘Cat Woman Burglar’

The “Cat Woman” burglar — whose cat-masked wanted poster became an Internet sensation last year — was convicted today of armed robbery charges from heists at two high-end SoHo boutiques. It took a Manhattan Supreme Court jury just 30 minutes to reach their verdict against Shana Spalding, 29, of Astoria, Queens. She is to be sentenced Jan. 18, and faces a maximum of 15 years on the top armed robbery charge against her. Read More: New York Post

City fined owner of  building where cop was shot for illegal apartments

The rundown Brooklyn house where a police officer was shot to death Monday has long been on the city’s radar screen as a trouble spot. The city has spent $6,500 in taxpayer money on emergency repairs at 25 Pine St. in Cypress Hills and has repeatedly cited the owner for running an illegal single-room occupancy hotel in what is supposed to be a two-family home. Neighbors believed it was a drug den. Read More: Daily News

Cuomo To Seek Deal On Livery Cab Bill

Governor Andrew Cuomo is looking to reach a deal on the controversial livery cab bill Wednesday. He will be holding a summit with the stakeholders involved in the legislation negotiations. The proposed bill would allow the city to issue 30,000 livery cab medallions so drivers can pick up street hails in Upper Manhattan and the other four boroughs. Cuomo said he will veto the bill unless it includes a provision to make more cabs wheelchair-accessible. Read More: NY1

City eyes site in Jamaica for new Animal Care and Control receiving center in Queens 

A plan to convert a veterinarian’s office into the new Queens drop-off point for stray animals has raised the hackles of some animal lovers. Community Board 8 is set to review the proposal Wednesday night as part of a promised city effort to expand animal control services in Queens and the Bronx. The city wants to move its animal receiving center, operated by NYC Animal Care and Control, from its current spot in Rego Park to the veterinarian’s office at 185-17 Hillside Ave. in Jamaica. Read More: Daily News

Ex-NBA player Kenny Anderson charged with leaving scene of Miramar crash

Retired NBA point guard Kenny Anderson was charged with leaving the scene of an accident Sunday after Miramar police say his Cadillac Escalade failed to negotiate a curve and crashed into two trees along a swale.
No one was injured, Miramar police said, and Anderson, 41, was charged with the misdemeanor offense after the early evening crash. The Queens, N.Y.-born Anderson, who played for nine NBA teams, left the scene on foot, according to a Miramar police complaint affidavit. Read More: Sun Sentinel

Post Offices To Remain Open Until May Under New Deal

The United States Postal Service is holding off on plans to close 3,500 facilities across the country, including 34 in New York City. The moratorium was announced Tuesday as part of a deal with the Senate. No post offices or mail sorting facilities will be closed until at least May 15, giving Congress more time to come up with a cost-cutting plan. “When it’s all said and done, this is a challenge to Congress: put up or shut up. If you don’t like what the postal service has put forward, in terms of closing processing facilities and post offices and eliminating jobs, come up with a better approach,” said Illinois Senator Richard Durbin. Read More: NY1

 

Queens’ Morning Roundup – 11/07/2011: Small child’s severed foot found on front lawn in Rosedale


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Suspect smashes 12 cars in Astoria

A driver is under arrest for allegedly plowing into a dozen vehicles in Queens. Police say Michael DeLorenzo jumped into a friend’s car early Sunday morning following a dispute in Astoria. When responding police attempted to stop him, they say he took off and ran through two red lights, striking a car at each intersection. Read More: Wall Street Journal

 

Small child’s severed foot found on front lawn in Rosedale

A man taking out the garbage Sunday night made a gruesome discovery. The man found the severed foot of a small child on his front lawn. The child is believed to be three or four years old. Search dogs worked the area on 139th Street, but apparently found nothing else. Read More: CBS News

 

26 Army National Guard soldiers from Queens ready for deployment to Afghanistan

Twenty-six men and women from the Army National Guard left for training ahead of a deployment to Afghanistan on Saturday. There were tears, hugs and lots of goodbyes in Queens at an American Legion during a farewell ceremony for 26 members of the 14th Finance Detachment. Read More: CBS News

 

Ex-tribal chief peddled ecstasy

An elderly former upstate Mohawk chief who once ran on an anti-drug platform in a tribal election has just been charged with ecstasy-trafficking in New York City. Federal agents last week busted Native American honcho Philip Tarbell after he allegedly tried to sell $60,000 worth of the psychedelic drug — stashed in a candy box — to an undercover officer near JFK Airport. He had already pleaded guilty to peddling marijuana last year. Read More: New York Post

 

Queens Courier crowns ‘Kings’

The Queens Courier hosted its 4th Annual Kings of Queens at Terrace on the Park, at which leaders in the business and no-for-profit worlds were feted. Read More: Queens Courier

FAA Investigates Lasers Shined On Planes At LaGuardia

The Federal Aviation Administration was investigating Sunday after lasers were pointed at two airplanes on the same runway at LaGuardia Airport the previous night. Officials say a laser was pointed at a Jetlink flight that was landing around 6 p.m. Saturday and another was pointed at a United plane about an hour later. Read More: NY1

Queens’ Morning Roundup – 11/1/2011: Queens Library’s busy Elmhurst branch set to be torn down


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Queens Library’s busy Elmhurst branch set to be torn  down to make way for new state -of-the-art-facility 

The Queens Library’s second busiest branch is being torn down to make way for a new state-of-the-art facility. The Elmhurst Library, which hosted almost half a million visitors during the last fiscal year, will close on Nov. 7. And even though visitors will have to contend with a makeshift library of modular units for more two years, they say it’s worth the wait. Read More: Daily News

 

 

Attacks on NYC subway workers up 16% this year,  mirroring assaults on bus drivers

It’s not just bus drivers who are getting assaulted more frequently – attacks on subway workers also are up this year, officials said Monday. Assaults on conductors, cleaners and other subway staffers are up nearly 16% January through October compared to the same stretch last year, MTA officials said at a joint meeting of the City Council transportation and labor committees.  Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Queens) urged the MTA to ask the NYPD to target the most troublesome bus routes with uniformed and undercover police officers. Read More: Daily News

 

NYPD combats bullying

The New York Police Department (NYPD) is aiming to take the fight out of bullies.
Officers of the NYPD Community Outreach Division joined Assemblymember Andrew Hevesi at P.S. 144 in Forest Hills on October 24 to present a police program designed to combat bullying in schools across the city. “Bullying is a real problem, and it can’t be ignored,” said Hevesi. “The NYPD did an outstanding job engaging the students in a discussion about bullying. The officers related to the students as they performed, and made them feel the emotional consequences of bullying.” Read More: Queens Courier

 

Richmond Hill Block Association gives residents a fighting chance against attack

Richmond Hill residents now have a fighting chance against sexual predators who have been terrorizing women in southeast Queens. In light of the recent patterns of sexual attacks in the surrounding areas, Sensei Ricky Singh of Dojo Warriors equipped a little more than a dozen women and men with vital keys to self-defense at the Richmond Hill Block Association’s monthly meeting on October 26. Of the countless sexual attacks in Queens, a 44-year-old female was assaulted on September 22 while she entered her home in Queens Village. Read More: Queens Courier

 

Downed Trees, Outages Remain After Weekend Snowstorm

New Yorkers were still feeling on Monday the effects of Saturday’s snow storm. Consolidated Edison said hundreds of city customers remained without power, and most of them were in the Bronx.The utility company said the delayed restoring of power is due to the extent of the damage from downed trees and wires in the borough. Meanwhile, tree cleanup was underway in all of the city’s parks on Monday. Read More: NY1

 

Mets To Alter Citi Field Walls To Try To Increase Scoring

The New York Mets are taking action to increase scoring at their home park, by bringing in and lowering the walls at Citi Field, hoping to turn a pitchers’ park into a neutral one. The new dimensions will add roughly 140 seats to the stadium, including 100 field-level seats in left field. A new left field wall will be about four feet closer to the plate, and the fence in left-center field will be brought 12 feet closer. Read More: NY1

Police seek man who grabbed 8 year old girl in Flushing


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Police are currently looking for this man, after he groped an 8 year old child in a Flushing store

Police are seeking the public’s help in identifying and locating a suspect wanted for grabbing an 8 year old girl at a Flushing clothing store.

On Wednesday, October 26, at approximately 5:45 p.m. the young girl was shopping with her mother at the Marshall’s at 40-24 College Point Boulevard when the victim stepped away to look at a book display. At this time the suspect repeatedly passed the girl and grabbed her buttocks, according to police.

The suspect is described as a White or Hispanic male, approximately 5-feet-7-inches tall, with a slim build and black hair. He was wearing a black jacket with a hood, blue jeans and metal-framed glasses.

Anyone with information in regard to this incident is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477). You can also submit 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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Police Blotter


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This man is responsible for a string of commercial robberies.

107th Precinct

Fresh Meadows, Cunningham Heights, Hilltop Village, Electchester, Pomonok

Seek men in string of robberies

The NYPD is asking for the public’s help in locating and identifying the two suspects wanted in connection with a burglary pattern.

The first incident occurred on Thursday, August 14, when the suspects broke into the Checkers Restaurant located at 83-45 Parsons Boulevard and made off with an undetermined amount of cash.

Incident number two occurred on Wednesday, September 14 at the same restaurant. This time the suspects made off with a 2002 Ford van. The van has since been recovered.

Incident number three was on Sunday, September 25, when the suspects broke into an Associated market located at 155-15 Aguilar Avenue, where they were unsuccessful in taking any property or cash.

On Sunday, October 9, the suspects broke into the Sand Cafe located at 82-65 Parsons Boulevard, where they took cash from the register.

The most recent incident was on Tuesday, October 11 at Zolitas Bakery located at 79-34 Parsons Boulevard, where the perps took an undetermined amount of cash from a drawer.

Suspect one is described as a male black with a beard and mustache in his 20s, 5’9″-5’11″, approximately 160 pounds, wearing a light-colored shirt.

Suspect two is also a black male in his 20s, 5’9″-6’0″, approximately 160 pounds, wearing a light-colored nylon cap on his head, a light-colored, short-sleeved shirt. He has a tattoo on the right side of his neck.

Anyone with information regarding any of these incidents is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS.

114th Precinct

Astoria, Long Island City, Woodside, and Jackson Heights

Man allegedly impersonated cop, forced sex act

A man was arrested on October 13 by members of the Internal Affairs Bureau’s Police Impersonation Unit for criminal sex act and criminal impersonation of a police officer.

Cops say that on June 16, 2010, the victim was approached by Julio Olivares, 27, of Bayside, driving a gray SUV, who displayed a gold police-type shield and instructed the victim to enter his vehicle.

Olivares allegedly proceeded to drive off with the victim to a nearby parking garage where he forced the victim to perform a sex act on him.

115th Precinct

East Elmhurst, North Corona and Jackson Heights

Sex abuse suspect sought

The NYPD is looking for a man they say is wanted for sex abuse.

On Thursday, July 21, the female victim, 18, was grabbed from behind by the suspect who sexually abused her and then fled.

The following day, a 21-year-old woman was also grabbed from behind by the suspect who sexually abused her and then fled.

Police say the suspect is a male Hispanic between 25 and 30, with a thin build and black hair.

Anyone with information in regards to either of these incidents is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers hotline at 800-577-TIPS.

Queens’ Morning Round Up – 10/14/2011: Queens foster care abductors held on bail


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Queens’ Morning Round Up – 10/14/2011

 

Abductors held on $75,000 bail

Two weeks ago Shanel Nadal, and her husband Nephra Payne were arrested in Harrisburg, PA after abducting their 8 children from a foster care facility in Queens. Presiding judge Ira Margulis, has issued and order of protection for the children and held both parents on $75,000 bail each. Nadal claims she took the children because one of that had been sexually abused in the home of the foster parents. Read More: New York Times

 

Calling all nerds, NYC Comic Con kicks off in Manhattan

New York Comic Con started yesterday at the Javits Center on Thursday and runs all weekend. Day passes have already been sold out for the four day event but weekend passes are still available. Read More: WNYC

 

Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor drugs… well, maybe drugs

Lori Allen a worker at a post office in Rosedale has been charged with stealing drugs from a package that was being shipped illegally. Allen was caught on tape Sept. 10 opening a parcel left on a supervisor’s desk, removing the contents, and replacing them with bubble wrap. Allen says she was paid $2,000 for stealing the drugs, by whoever tipped her off about the package. The ex-postal employee was released from jail on $25,000 bail. Read More: New York Post

 

What’s Happening in Queens this Weekend

Our editor collected a list of everything that is going on in Queens this weekend. Check it out at: Queens Courier

 

‘Holiday Bandit’ pleads guilty to bank robberies

Marat Mikhaylich, 35, became known as the “Holiday Bandit” after committing a spree of bank robberies in the New York area last Christmas. Mikhaylich robbed 9 banks in order to support his addiction to heroin. The bandit was finally tracked down to an apartment in Kew Gardens after a police investigation. Mikhaylich pleaded guilty to nine bank robbery counts and one count of brandishing a firearm and faces up to 205 months in prison and. Read More: New York Post

Police Blotter


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Mario Minaya, 33, is charged with making off with his two-year-old daughter.

111th Precinct

Bayside, Douglaston, Little Neck, Auburndale, Hollis Hills, and Fresh Meadows

Serial robber?

Police are investigating an armed robbery that occurred in the 111th Precinct on Saturday, October 1 at a Dunkin Donuts/gas station located at 219-02 Horace Harding Expressway (between Bell and Springfield Boulevards).

The perp allegedly entered the location at around 6:30 a.m., displayed a firearm, and demanded that cash be put into a black plastic bag before fleeing the scene. He was described by three witnesses as a white male, wearing a blue-hooded sweatshirt and a half -mask.

Police officials believe that the suspect is the same armed man who struck two other gas stations on Thursday, September 29. Although witnesses described that suspect as a male black, he was allegedly dressed in the same blue hooded sweatshirt, used the same black plastic bag, and also demanded cash at gunpoint. There were no reported injuries in connection with the robberies.

112th Precinct

Forest Hills and Rego Park

Seek phone thieves

Police are looking for suspects they say are wanted in connection with a robbery that occurred within the confines of the 112th Precinct.

On Sunday, September 18, the victim, a 26-year-old woman, was walking in the vicinity of 97th Street when the suspects approached her and slapped her iPhone4 from her hand. One of the suspects picked up the phone before they all fled in an unknown location.

The victim did not sustain any injuries as a result of this incident.

The suspects are described as being four black males, 14-16 years old, 5’5″-5’8″ with medium builds.

Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS.

114TH PRECINCT

Astoria, Long Island City, Woodside, and Jackson Heights

Gun-point robber sought

Police are looking for a man they say robbed a parking garage at gun point.

On Monday, October 3, the suspect entered a parking garage located at 38-32 13th Street, pointed a gun at the 47-year-old victim and demanded money. The victim complied and gave the suspect an undetermined amount of cash. Once the suspect obtained the cash, he ordered the victim to turn away and fled on a bicycle.

The suspect is described as a black male, 20 to 22 years old, 5’6-5’8, 160 pounds, with a skinny build. Anyone with information should call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS.

115th Precinct

East Elmhurst, North Corona and Jackson Heights

Man arrested for making off with daughter

A man has been arrested and charged for allegedly making off with his daughter and threatening the mother that she would never see the child again.

On Thursday October 6, the mother of the missing child, Ashley Minaya, 2, received a call from the father, who said that she would never see him or the child again. The mother reported to police that she left the child with the father earlier in the day when she was leaving for work.

Police located the father and child later that day. Mario Minaya, 33, is charged with custodial interference and endangering the welfare of a child.

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105th Precinct

Queens Village, Cambria Heights, Laurelton, Rosedale, Springfield Gardens, Bellerose, Glen Oaks, New Hyde Park and Floral Park

Seek bank robbery suspect

The NYPD is asking for the public’s assistance with the whereabouts and identity of the individual wanted in connection with a bank robbery in the confines of the 105th Precinct.

On Saturday, September 3, a black male walked into the Queens County Savings Bank located at 247-53 Jamaica Avenue and handed the victim/teller a note. The suspect simulated a gun inside of a bag. The victim/teller handed the suspect an undisclosed amount of cash. The suspect fled the bank on foot westbound on Jamaica Avenue.

Police say he is between 25 and 35 years old, 5’8”-5’10” in height, 160 to 180 pounds. He was last seen wearing a navy blue Yankee hat, white T-shirt with a design on the front and blue jeans.

Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS

102nd Precinct

Kew Gardens, Richmond Hill East, Richmond Hill, Woodhaven and the Northern part of Ozone Park

Man allegedly took parking money

A man allegedly tried to make off with 248 quarters that he tried to pilfer from a parking meter.

According to the district attorney, George Flores, 48, was found holding a brown bag, removing the coins from the meters in front of 104-16 Jamaica Avenue.

Police say they recovered seven keys from Flores’ pants pocket, along with the hundreds of quarters in the bag.

He allegedly said he tried the keys on several meters and some worked; he also claims to be the legal custodian of the parking meters and the quarters.

He was arraigned and bail was set at $2,000. His next court date is September 19.

103rd Precinct

Downtown Jamaica Business District, Hollis Park Gardens, Hollis, Lakewood and Jamaica.

Fatal shooting

On Sunday September 18, a 25-year-old man was shot multiple times in front of 160-50 107th Avenue.

The victim, later identified as Lucien Brown of Jamaica, was taken to Jamaica Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

There have been no arrests and the investigation is ongoing.

104th Precinct

Ridgewood, Glendale, Middle Village, Maspeth

Attempted murder suspect arrested

Following an investigation, officers of the 104th Precinct arrested a man they say was wanted in connection with a shooting and attempted murder.

Police say that the incident occurred on Friday, September 9 at the corner of Bleecker Street and Cypress Avenue, when the suspect and four other men approached the victim. The suspect, identified as Tommy Gomez, then displayed a firearm and shot the victim one time in the stomach before fleeing into 1703 Himrod Street.

The victim, a 17-year-old male, was taken by EMS to Elmhurst Hospital Center in stable condition.

The four accomplices were each subsequently arrested but the shooter remained at large until September 16.

Gomez is charged with attempted murder, assault, gang assault, criminal use of a firearm and criminal posession of a weapon.

Cops deem death a homicide

Police have determined that the death of a 31-year-old man was, in fact, a homicide.

On Wednesday, September 14, police responded to a call of unconscious male at 57-06 Clover Place.

Upon their arrival the officers were met by a family member who reported to have found the victim lying on the floor with trauma to his head and torso. EMS responded and took the victim, Peter J. Polizzi, to Jamaica Hospital where he was admitted. On Saturday, September 17 he succumbed to his injuries.

Following an autopsy by the Medical Examiner, this case was deemed a homicide. There are no arrests at this time and the investigation is ongoing.

Body found in Jamaica Bay

According to reports, police are trying to identify a man they discovered floating in Jamaica Bay over the weekend.

The man, said to be in his 50s, was found near the North Channel Bridge and Cross Bay Boulevard; he was pronounced dead on the scene and a cause of death is pending.

Vallone responds to uptick in crimes

In response to Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s Management Report citing an increase in crime and response times, City Councilmember Peter Vallone Jr. said, “The fact that crime and response times are up should not come as a surprise to anyone. This is the inevitable result of having almost 7,000 fewer police officers, and it is only the hard work of Commissioner [Raymond] Kelly and our existing police officers that have held off this increase for so long.”

The Mayor’s Management Report indicated that murder, forcible rape and robbery increased along with major felony crime in the transit system and housing developments. Average response times also went up by over half a minute from 7.5 minutes to 8.4 minutes.

Vallone continued, “It’s not enough to say we are safer than we were 10 years ago. What’s most important to people is whether we are safer than we were last year, or last month, and we are not. Yes, the federal government needs to do more to stop the influx of illegal guns, but our city must do more, too. We must give Commissioner Kelly the resources he needs to stop this crime surge, which means we need 1800 cadets in the Academy on January 1.

Vallone, who chairs the Public Safety Committee, also states that the mayor’s claim that the July 2011 class is the “largest in five years” is misleading. It is actually two smaller classes combined, due to the fact that the January 2011 class was canceled. Those cadets would have hit the street in July and been available during this crime wave – but they were not, a fact Vallone believes contributed to its severity.

Police seek gas station robber


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Officers of the 111th Precinct are searching for a man they say held up a gas station at 8:15 this morning.

According to a source, the unidentified armed man went into the location, at 244-05 Northern Boulevard, and demanded money from the attendant.

The cash was put in a bag and the perp, in a black mask and gloves, fled northbound on 244th Street.

ESU, Aviation and Canine units responded to the scene. Currently, the source said, they are investigating the incident and looking at video surveillance.

Stabbing leaves L.I.C students feeling unsafe


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Last week’s altercation on the fifth floor of Long Island City High School, which left one student in the hospital with a stab wound in his back, has frayed the nerves of many students and their parents.

“Towards the end of seventh period, a broadcast came over the system telling everyone to stay in their classrooms and not leave,” said Chris, a sophomore at L.I.C High School. “We all knew something was going on.”

According to the NYPD, four Queens teenagers – 19-year-old Louis Giron, 18-year-old Daniel Nicholas, 17-year-old Jerome Davis and a 15-year-old unknown Hispanic male – have been arrested and charged with gang assault and harassment for stabbing a 16-year-old schoolmate at approximately 12:50 p.m. on Wednesday, September 21.

EMS arrived at the school, located at 14-30 Broadway, and transported the victim to Elmhurst Hospital. He is in stable condition, and the wound is not considered life-threatning. The police have yet to recover a weapon in connection with the incident.

“The fact that someone got heated and stabbed somebody doesn’t surprise me,” Chris continued. “I’m aware that there are violent people in the school, and I’m aware that there is gang activity in the school. I’m surprised it took this long for something like this to happen.”

Other students are now gripped by debilitating fear each time they walk the halls of their high school.

“I don’t feel safe at all,” said Diriana, a senior who believes the school is grossly disorganized. “I’m scared because the kid could have stabbed me and others also. He was on the fifth floor and so was I. I definitely don’t feel safe, and I’m looking into transferring to another school.”

According to a survey conducted by the New York City Department of Education (DOE), 34 percent of responding students said they do not feel safe in the school, and 69 percent said gang activity occurs. Eighty-three percent also said students are threatened or bullied by schoolmates, and 93 percent said students get in physical fights at school.

When asked if students are “harassed or threatened based on race, color, creed, ethnicity, national origin, citizenship or immigration status, religion, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation or disability,” 68 percent of students answered in the affirmative.

While the attack has been cause for concern for many, the school’s faculty is remaining calm due to the unprecedented nature of the occurrence.

“It’s an isolated incident,” said a current teacher at the high school, who says she feels safe at work. “It could happen anywhere in the nation. For the most part, security is good, and it is a safe environment.”

Despite the assurances of the administration, some parents are not convinced their children are being properly protected.

“The school’s security should be more aware,” said Segundo, the parent of a freshman at L.I.C. “I’ve seen that sometimes they don’t really check kids when they go to school. They just let them in. I don’t think security is doing a good job. They need to get more serious. I told my son to be more aware, and not to get involved in anything, because there are gangs here. I’m definitely going to be more on top of things and make sure I’m around.”

L.I.C received an overall grade of C on its most recent progress report, placing it in the bottom third of city high schools. The school’s graduation rate is roughly 60 percent, falling below the citywide average. According to published reports, the city considered closing L.I.C last year, but chose instead to allocate $5 million in federal funds to a three-year plan aimed at saving the troubled school.

Playground torched


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Sometime between the evening of Tuesday, September 27 and the morning of Wednesday, September 28, an individual or group apparently set fire to a playground, located in Alley Pond Park, at the intersection of Springfield Boulevard and 76th Avenue in Oakland Gardens.

According to officials, the fire damaged both the ground surface and several pieces of playground equipment.
The New York City Department of Parks and Recreation has initiated an investigation.
“Anyone who witnessed the action or has relevant information should come forward,” said Councilmember Mark Weprin. “The children of our community have lost access to a beautiful and safe place to play.”

Anyone with information on this crime should call the NYPD Crime Stoppers hotline at 800-577-TIPS or Weprin’s office at 718-468-0137.

Police Blotter


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Police say this man is wanted for trying to rob a Capital One Bank.

107th Precinct

Fresh Meadows, Cunningham Heights, Hilltop Village, Electchester, Pomonok

Seek attempted bank robber

The New York Police Department is asking for your help in locating the suspect who is wanted in connection with an attempted bank robbery.

On Tuesday, August 30, the suspect entered the Capital One Bank located at 70-09 Parsons Boulevard and passed a note to a teller demanding cash. The teller refused and the suspect fled the location. There were no injuries sustained.

The suspect is described as a male Hispanic, 25 to 35 years old, 5’10″ to 6’0″ with black hair. He was last seen wearing green shorts with a blue polo shirt and black tinted glasses.

Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS (8477).

111th Precinct

Bayside, Douglaston, Little Neck, Auburndale, Hollis Hills and Fresh Meadows

Cops make arrest in city-wide robbery pattern

Officers assigned to the 111th Precinct’s anti-crime team observed and arrested a man wanted in connection with a string of 14 robberies – 13 in Queens, one in Brooklyn.

On Friday, September 16, Officers Patrick Hughes and Evan Ostrofsky observed the perp, identified as Eric Colvin, 24, of Far Rockaway, take multiple cell phones from three youths in Peck Park, at Underhill Avenue and 190th Street. They said that Colvin, who fit the description of the wanted man, also attempted to rob two other male youths.

The officers arrested Colvin, whose record includes eight others arrests – for robbery, suspended license, criminal trespass, theft of service, possession of marijuana and one unspecified violation. He was last arrested on August 30.

He was positively identified in lineups.

115th Precinct

East Elmhurst, North Corona and Jackson Heights

Arrest in fatal hit-and-run

Police have arrested a man they say fatally struck a man on the Grand Central Parkway.

On Thursday, September 15, police responded to the westbound GCP at the 82nd Street exit for a person struck by a vehicle.

Upon their arrival, officers observed an unconscious and unresponsive man, later identified as Jerry Kishun, 67, of South Ozone Park. EMS also responded to the scene and took Kishun to Elmhurst General Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

In the days following the accident, police arrested Luis Narvaez, 61. He is charged with leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death and tampering with evidence.