Queens Village, Cambria Heights, Laurelton, Rosedale, Springfield Gardens, Bellerose, Glen Oaks, New Hyde Park and Floral Park
Seek bank robbery suspect
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
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.
Downtown Jamaica Business District, Hollis Park Gardens, Hollis, Lakewood and Jamaica.
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.
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.