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DNA ties man to 1996 Far Rockaway rape: DA
Police Cristabelle Tumola 4/01/2014 at 2:29PM

A 47-year-old man has been busted for raping a woman in her Far Rockaway home more than 17 years ago after a DNA hit linked him to the crime, District Attorney Richard Brown said.

Multi-million dollar trademark counterfeiting rings operating from Queens busted
Multi-million dollar trademark counterfeiting rings operating from Queens busted
Top Stories Angy Altamirano 11/21/2013 at 11:50AM

Multi-million dollar trademark counterfeiting rings, operating from facilities in Queens and Brooklyn, have been charged for importing, manufacturing and distributing items nationwide. According to District Attorney Richard A. Brown, four organized trademark counterfeiting rings have been dismantled after the indictment of 26 individuals and two corporations for allegedly importing and selling counterfeit brand name apparel [...]

Man convicted of murdering transgender woman in Glendale apartment
Police Cristabelle Tumola 11/09/2013 at 2:42PM

A Manhattan man has been convicted of second-degree murder for strangling a transgender woman in her Glendale apartment in March 2010, according to District Attorney Richard Brown. Rasheen Everett, 32, was also convicted Friday of second-degree burglary and tampering with physical evidence in connection to the homicide, said Brown. He faces up to 40 years [...]

Queens elementary school teacher sentenced to 35 years for sexually abusing students
Police Cristabelle Tumola 11/07/2013 at 9:13AM

A Queens elementary school teacher who was convicted of sexually abusing five of his students has been sentenced to 35 years in prison, according to District Attorney Richard Brown. In June, Simon Watts, 42, of St. Albans, was found guilty of sexual abuse, sexual conduct against a child, forcible touching and endangering the welfare of [...]

Illegal cigarette investigation leads to arrest of Flushing family for illegal hotel operation
Illegal cigarette investigation leads to arrest of Flushing family for illegal hotel operation
Northeast Cristabelle Tumola 10/04/2013 at 5:10PM

The investigation of an illegal cigarette trafficking operation led to the arrest of a Flushing family that was allegedly running an illegal hotel out of the home next door. During the investigation of allegations of illegal cigarettes being sold out of a Saull Street residence, detectives noticed unusual activity going on at the two-family house [...]

Op-Ed: The impact of DNA cold hits on solving crimes
News Op-Ed 10/04/2013 at 12:09PM

QUEENS DISTRICT ATTORNEY RICHARD A. BROWN Last week my office announced that a Queens grand jury had indicted Jose Martinez for raping and murdering a 23-year-old Astoria woman in 2009. Martinez was indicted as a result of a DNA cold hit following a 2012 reckless endangerment conviction for which he was required to provide a [...]

Illegal gambling operation arrests lead to weapon, drug bust
Illegal gambling operation arrests lead to weapon, drug bust
Police Maggie Hayes 9/25/2013 at 3:15PM

Individuals busted in an illegal gambling operation were also stashing weapons, drugs and over $120,000 in cash. In the wake of charging six people with unlawfully running a gambling operation, detectives recovered six guns, including two assault rifles, hundreds of narcotics pills, gambling records and the cash, said District Attorney Richard Brown. “An investigation that [...]

JFK baggage handlers charged with stealing from passenger luggage
JFK baggage handlers charged with stealing from passenger luggage
Police Cristabelle Tumola 9/01/2013 at 1:43PM

Seven men who worked as contract baggage handlers at JFK Airport have been charged with stealing cash, jewelry and electronics from passenger luggage. Following multiple customer complaints of theft to El Al Airlines, the Israeli carrier the men were working for at the time, a camera was installed in the baggage hold, according to District [...]