District Attorney Richard A. Brown

Queens woman admits to bogus ‘blessing scam’
Queens woman admits to bogus ‘blessing scam’
Northeast Melissa Chan 12/06/2013 at 1:32PM

Fengluan Qin, 50, pleaded guilty to using a phony “blessing” scam to take nearly $5,000 in cash and jewelry from three Flushing women. She is a Chinese national with an expired visa, believed to be living in Flushing.

Flushing man gets 25 years to life for killing over $200 debt
Northeast Melissa Chan 10/28/2013 at 2:50PM

A 20-year-old from Flushing was sentenced to a maximum of life in prison for killing a man over a $200 debt he owed. Victim Laseam Hogan, 27, lent the money to Malcolm Thompson of the Pomonok Houses in 2010, according to the district attorney. Hogan approached Thompson for his $200 in a Pomonok Houses courtyard [...]

Howard Beach man convicted in Woodhaven sex assault
Police Maggie Hayes 8/09/2013 at 2:21PM

A Howard Beach man has been convicted following a sexual assault earlier this year. Richard Kassebaum, 42, was working at a Woodhaven laundromat in March when he approached a female patron at about 4:30 a.m. as she exited the store, grabbed her from behind and choked her. Kassebaum then grabbed the victim’s buttocks, and after [...]

Teen who ran onto field at All-Star Game faces year in jail
Teen who ran onto field at All-Star Game faces year in jail
Police Liam La Guerre 7/18/2013 at 2:19PM

The truth is that this dare landed him in hot water. The teenager who ran onto the field during the Major League Baseball All-Star Game at Citi Field as part of a Twitter dare may pay big for that error in judgment. District Attorney Richard A. Brown announced that Dylan McCue-Masone, 18, has been arraigned [...]

Dad arrested for allowing kids to shoot BB guns in Astoria park
Dad arrested for allowing kids to shoot BB guns in Astoria park
Police Angy Altamirano 5/15/2013 at 9:11AM

An Astoria dad may receive more than just a slap on the wrist after allowing his children to play with loaded BB guns at a local park. According to District Attorney Richard A. Brown, Zbigniew Pawlowski, 54, allegedly went to Ditmars Park in Astoria on Tuesday, May 7 with his two children—the elder of whom [...]

Elmhurst landlord charged with renting illegal, potentially dangerous conversions
Elmhurst landlord charged with renting illegal, potentially dangerous conversions
Police Angy Altamirano 4/01/2013 at 5:49PM

An Elmhurst landlord has been charged with endangering the lives of 46 residents, including 12 children, by renting them illegally converted one-and two-family houses and garages, the district attorney announced. Landlord Segundo Chimbay, 48, has been charged in connection with renting out converted houses and garages in Jackson Heights and Elmhurst, charging tenants from $850 [...]

National Guardsman guilty in murder of girlfriend
Police Maggie Hayes 3/26/2013 at 4:10PM

He went from hero to felon. A National Guardsman and Iraq war veteran has been convicted of second-degree murder for punching, drowning and ultimately killing his girlfriend on the beaches of Far Rockaway. David Lynch, 33, served two tours in Iraq and was a reservist in the New York National Guard at the time of [...]

Man gets 50 years for killing pregnant girlfriend, son
Police Maggie Hayes 3/13/2013 at 6:15PM

Jimmy Humphrey admitted to murdering his pregnant girlfriend, then setting fire to her Springfield Gardens apartment and killing her two-year-old son. He now faces life behind bars. “[Humphrey] stands convicted of first strangling the mother of his unborn child and then, without the slightest regard for human life, attempted to cover up his crime by [...]

Giants lineman pleads guilty to DUI in Queens court
Police Toni Cimino 2/12/2013 at 2:59PM

This was definitely not in the playbook. New York Giants offensive lineman David Diehl, who crashed his vehicle in Astoria in June 2012, has pleaded guilty to operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol. Diehl will be under court supervision for six months and must complete other court-imposed requirements prior to sentencing. [...]