Tag Archives: Kidnapping

Man arrested for kidnapping ex-girlfriend in East Elmhurst


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A 21-year-old man has been arrested for abducting his 18-year-old ex-girlfriend in East Elmhurst on Saturday, police said.

Authorities have charged  Jonathan Coronel with rape, robbery, kidnapping, criminal possession of a weapon, unlawful imprisonment and criminal contempt.

According to police, at 9:35 a.m. Saturday Coronel approached his ex-girlfriend outside a location on 81st Street near Northern Boulevard and forced her into a vehicle at knifepoint.

After taking off eastbound on Northern Boulevard from 81st Street with the victim in the backseat, police said, Coronel dropped her off at end of his block at the corner of 82nd Street and Astoria Boulevard, around 9:40 p.m. Upon being found, the teen was taken to a local hospital for evaluation.

Later on Saturday, police found Coronel with a self-inflicted stab wound at the corner of 88th Street and 24th Avenue, authorities said. He was transported to Elmhurst Hospital and is listed in stable condition.

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Housekeeper held against will and tortured by Bayside employers: police


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Updated Tuesday, March 3 11:47 a.m.

A housekeeper was kidnapped, beaten and burned by the Bayside couple she worked for as they accused her of stealing money and jewelry from their home and threatened to kill her if she didn’t return the goods, police said.

The 54-year-old victim’s employers, Devanand and Ambar Lachman, and a third unknown person confronted her inside the couple’s 217th Street residence at about 1 p.m. on Feb. 13, claiming that she took their money and a gold chain.

In an apparent attempt to make the housekeeper, Daisy Machuea, confess, they burned her leg with what was possibly a plumber’s torch, police said. They also punched her repeatedly in the face and body.

The wife then went to Machuea’s Port Washington, Long Island, home to search for the stolen goods but came up empty-handed, authorities said. She then returned to her Bayside home and all four drove back to the housekeeper’s Port Washington residence around 9 p.m. The trio, who also possessed several knives and a pistol during the kidnapping, told Machuea they would return the next day and if she didn’t have the money they would kill her.

Once they were gone, Machuea called the cops and her employers were arrested at their home.

Devanand, 32, and Ambar, 31, have both been charged with assault, kidnapping and criminal possession of a weapon. As of their most recent court appearance on Monday, Devanand remains held on bail and his wife, who is pregnant according to published reports, is out on $50,000 bail, prosecutors said.

Machuea was treated at an area hospital for burns to her face and legs, and bruising to her body.

Police are still looking for the Lachmans’ accomplice, described as a dark-skinned man, 30 to 35 years old, 6 feet tall and with a medium build.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website or can text their tips to CRIMES (274637), then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.

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Woman wanted for kidnapping 3-month-old boy in Jamaica


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Sharondalis Morgan is suspected in the kidnapping a 3-month-old Jamaica boy.

An 18-year-old woman kidnapped a 3-month-old baby from his Jamaica home before later abandoning him outside a Brooklyn hospital, police said.

The suspected kidnapper, identified as Sharondalis Morgan, had recently befriended the child’s mother and was inside her apartment on 177th Street on Sunday about 3:40 p.m. when she took the boy, cops said. Morgan was able to grab the baby when the mother left the room, and then she fled the home.

The child was later found outside of Woodhull Medical Center in good health. It wasn’t clear how long after the woman kidnapped the boy that he was discovered at the medical facility.

Police describe the suspect as black, 5 feet 2 inches tall and 150 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 the Crime Stoppers website or can text their tips to CRIMES (274637), then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.

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Pair accused of holding Queens teen prisoner, forcing to work as prostitute


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Two men have been indicted after they held a 15-year-old Queens girl against her will and forced her to work as a prostitute, District Attorney Richard Brown said.

The teen met the men, Terron Morancis, 29, and Quindell Hill, 33, in St. Albans on May 13, from which point they held her against her will until she was able to escape a week later, according to Brown.

During the girl’s imprisonment, they threatened her, ordering her to have sex with men in Queens and Brooklyn for money, and give them everything she made, the district attorney said. Morancis allegedly took “racy” photos of the 15-year-old and posted them on a website advertising her as a prostitute.

Morancis is also accused of making her perform oral sex on him, Brown said.

The victim was finally able to get away from the men for a brief moment and call her mother, who contacted police.

Morancis, of St. Albans, and Hill, of Brooklyn, were arraigned Wednesday on a 19-count indictment, charging each of them with kidnapping, promoting prostitution, sex trafficking and other crimes, prosecutors said. Morancis is also charged with criminal sex act and failure to register or verify as a sex offender.

They both face up to 25 years to life in prison if convicted.

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Cops looking for suspect in Corona attempted abduction of 7-year-old


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A man tried to lure a 7-year-old girl from a Corona street and into his car on Monday, according to police.

The victim was near Corona Avenue and National Street at about 6:30 p.m. when the suspect approached her while driving a black Toyota Camry, cops said.

He motioned with his hand for her to come to the vehicle, but the girl declined. The suspect then fled on National Street toward Corona Avenue.

Police describe the Toyota Camry as a 2012-2014 black four-door sedan with tinted windows and white New York State license plates.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website or can text their tips to CRIMES (274637), then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.

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Queens’ Morning Roundup


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TODAY’S FORECAST 

Tuesday: Overcast. High 51. Winds E at 15 to 25 mph. Tuesday night: Considerable cloudiness. Occasional rain showers after midnight. Low around 45. Winds E at 15 to 25 mph. Chance of rain 50%.

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Suspect tried to kidnap teen off College Point street: cops

A man tried to grab an 18-year-old girl off a College Point street Sunday and force her into his car, police said. Read more: The Queens Courier

State Assembly advances bill for more speed cameras in NYC, Long Island

The New York State Assembly voted Monday to authorize hundreds of new speed cameras for school zones in New York City and Long Island. Read more: CBS New York

City Council members set to reform discretionary funds

City Council members are set to introduce legislation Tuesday that would make the distribution of discretionary funds more equitable, sources told The Post. Read more: New York Post

New York graduation rate slightly below national average

A new report on high school graduation rates shows that 77 percent of New York state’s Class of 2012 graduated on time, slightly below the national average. Read more: AP

Users bemoan NYC e-cigarette ban

A law in New York City making “electronic cigarettes” subject to the same regulations as tobacco is taking effect Tuesday, and their sellers and users are steadfast in their opposition. Read more: NBC New York

 

Suspect tried to kidnap teen off College Point street: cops


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A man tried to grab an 18-year-old girl off a College Point street Sunday and force her into his car, police said.

The victim was walking down 25th Avenue toward 126th Street around 12:15 a.m. when the suspect drove up to the teen and asked her if she wanted a ride, cops said.

She refused and continued walking down the block. The suspect then parked his vehicle at the corner of 25th Avenue and 124th Street, grabbed the victim around the waist, put his hand over her mouth and tried to drag her back to his car, police said.

The girl fought off her would-be kidnapper and he ran back to his vehicle, then drove off northbound on 124th Street, according to officials.

Police have released a sketch of the suspect and describe him as a Hispanic man, approximately 30 to 35 years old and 5 feet six inches tall, with a slim build, light beard and mustache, and short, dark spiked hair. He was wearing a blue short-sleeved shirt.

A photo of the four-door sedan he was driving has also been released. The vehicle has damage to the passenger side area.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website or can text their tips to CRIMES (274637), then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.

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Man charged after abducting children’s mother in Whitestone


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A man was arrested after he abducted the mother of his two children in Whitestone early Friday morning, police said.

The victim, a 37-year-old woman, was taken about 5:45 a.m. near 16th Road and 150th Street, cops said. According to published reports, she was dragged from her home while her children were inside the residence. The father, identified by police as 37-year-old Jose Lopez, then took off with the victim in a gray Mercedes, witnesses told cops.

Responding officers located the car at Colden Street and Geranium Avenue, with Lopez and the victim still in it.

Lopez was arrested and charged with attempted rape, kidnapping, burglary, assault, criminal mischief and harassment, cops said.

The victim sustained minor injuries and was taken to a local hospital.

 

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Two Queens men indicted on sex trafficking charges


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Two Queens men have been indicted in separate sex trafficking cases for allegedly forcing teen girls to work as prostitutes, District Attorney Richard Brown announced Tuesday.

Peter Gerardi, 28, of Forest Hills, and Christopher Stephensbush, 20, of Richmond Hill, have both been arraigned on kidnapping, prostitution, rape, sex trafficking and other charges, according to the district attorney.

“The defendants are both accused of enslaving three young girls, raping them and forcing them to work as prostitutes. They allegedly forced the girls to turn all of their money over to them,” said Brown.

Gerardi is accused of threatening his 13-year-old victim when she wanted to stop prostituting herself for him. He also allegedly had a 16-year-old work for him as a prostitute through threats of physical violence, according to Brown. Gerardi allegedly had sex with both his victims.

Stephensbush allegedly met his 15-year-old victim while she was taking the bus to school one morning. He is accused of bringing her back to his apartment and not letting her leave until she agreed to work as a prostitute, said Brown. He allegedly raped her several times before temporarily letting her go. He then allegedly made her earn money for him again as a prostitute on multiple occasions.

If convicted, both face up to 25 years to life in prison.

 

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Neighbors knew nothing of Springfield Gardens kidnapping


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People living on 181st Street in Springfield Gardens said the residents of the home where a man was held hostage in a garage last week kept to themselves and never really raised any eyebrows.

Hakeem Clark, 30, and Jason Hutson, 27, were arrested on Friday, July 27 at the home of NYPD veteran Ondre Johnson and charged with kidnapping and weapons possession after holding the 25-year-old victim in the garage next to the house. The two called the hostage’s family, it was reported, and demanded $75,000 for his release.

Clark, Johnson’s cousin, lived in an apartment in the house. Johnson, a 17-year NYPD veteran, is currently suspended from duty as the investigation is ongoing, police said.

One man, who declined to give his name, said he noticed a lot of activity outside of the house on Friday and was curious why police lines were set up, but chose not to ask questions.

“I don’t really get involved,” the man said as he was leaving his home.

The neighbor said there was never anything out of the ordinary in the home, where Johnson is listed as having lived since 2004 — and something like the kidnapping was rare in what he said was a relatively quiet neighborhood.

No one answered at Johnson’s home on Tuesday, July 31, but a maroon SUV was parked in the driveway, though it could not be confirmed who the car belonged to.

Two arraigned for kidnapping at NYPD detective’s home


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Two men were arraigned in connection to a kidnapping that involved the home of an NYPD officer in Springfield Gardens.

Hakeem Clark and Jason Hutson were charged Saturday with kidnapping Brian Karikari and holding him for ransom. Karikari was walking to his car in front of 119-45 234 Street early in the morning of July 27 when he was held at gunpoint, forced into a vehicle and driven to a garage located at 141-37 181st Street, according to court records.

Calls demanding a $75,000 ransom for the victim were traced to the same 181st Street address where Detective Ondre Johnson, a 17-year member of the NYPD, lives, said media reports. He has not been charged, but has been suspended without pay pending further investigation.

Clark also lives at the same address. Johnson denies any involvement in the kidnapping, and doesn’t use the garage, reports said.

The two suspects have also been charged with criminal possession of forgery devices and unlawful possession of personal identification information. They are being held without bail.

Police search for man who attempted to kidnap 7-year-old in Corona


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Police are on the lookout for a suspect wanted for an alleged attempted kidnapping outside a Corona public school.

Mark Synclair, 33, attempted to grab a 7-year-old in front of P.S. 192, police said. The boy was able to escape the suspect and run away from the scene without any injuries.

Police described the suspect as 33 years old, standing 5-feet-9-inches tall and weighing 200 pounds.

Anyone with information in regards to the incident is asked to Call Crime Stoppers at 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.

 

Afternoon Roundup


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Passenger plane crashes in Nigeria’s largest city

A passenger plane crashed into a two-story building in Nigeria’s largest city of Lagos on Sunday, officials said. Read more: USA Today

Man Wanted For Attempted Child Kidnapping In Queens

Police are searching for a man they say tried to kidnap a young boy last week in St. Albans. Authorities say Mark Synclair, 33, tried to grab the seven-year-old child outside P.S. 192 on Tuesday morning. Read more: NY1

Cuomo’s $4 Billion Plan for Project in Queens Falls Apart

A $4 billion plan announced by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo to create the country’s largest convention center and a casino in Queens has fallen apart, the governor acknowledged on Friday. Read more: NY Times

Die-hard Mets fan arrested after running onto field following Santana’s no-hitter

A front-row seat at Citi Field: $315. Getting arrested for storming the pitcher’s mound: a possible $1,000 fine and a year in jail. Being a part of Mets history: priceless. Rafael Diaz, 32, lived the dream of every fanatic Friday night when he bolted past security to join the joyous huddle of Amazin’s congratulating pitcher Johan Santana moments after he succeeded in putting in the books the team’s first-ever no-hitter. Read more: NY Post

Three-Car LIE Crash Kills Two In Queens

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Queens jury clears former NYPD narcotics detective charged with planting drugs on bar patrons

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[Update] Mother who allegedly snatched infant daughter charged with kidnapping


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After an eight hour search, police found and arrested the woman who allegedly kidnapped her baby from a Queens hospital. The baby was found safe.

Police said Leila Rajnarie took her 8-month-old daughter, Nevita Jagdeo, from Queens General Hospital Pediatric Center at approximately noon on Wednesday, March 14 while the infant was there with her foster mother. Rajnarie had accompanied them on the visit. She took the child while the foster mother and doctor were speaking in another room, police said.

Officers in the Patrol Bureau Queens South Task Force saw a woman fitting the description of the suspect in a livery cab in South Richmond Hill and pulled the vehicle over at approximately 8:40 p.m., police said.

After positive identification of the suspect and infant, Rajnarie was taken into custody and the baby was taken to a local hospital.

Rajnarie has been charged with kidnapping, custodial interference and endangering the welfare of a child.

 

House-squatter thugs held in kidnapping, rape of Long Island teen


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House-squatter thugs held in kidnapping, rape of Long Island teen

A gang of sick squatters kidnapped, raped and pimped out a terrified 15-year-old Long Island runaway in a Queens house where they were illegally living, law-enforcement officials said yesterday. And in a bizarre twist, after the owner complained that people were living there illegally, cops went to the Ozone Park house the day before the girl was taken there against her will. Read More: New York Post

Multiple Armed Robberies Connected To “Snub-Nose” Bandit

The New York City Police Department and FBI are stepping up their search for an armed robber who has become increasingly violent. Investigators say the suspect, dubbed the “Snub-Nose Bandit” for his weapon of choice, is connected to at least six incidents in Brooklyn and Queens dating back to September. He mostly targets banks, but in his first robbery he held up a Dunkin Donuts in Greenpoint, firing one round into a tray of donuts as he demanded cash from the register. Read More: NY1

 

DA putting the screws to ‘brothel boss’ Anna Gristina

They pressed her over and over, pushed a list of 10 Big Apple power players at her — and demanded she spill the beans on the roster of real-estate moguls and investment bankers. “Some I knew, some I didn’t,” accused Upper East Side brothel boss Anna Gristina told The Post yesterday about an hours-long grilling she received from Manhattan prosecutors. But they kept pressing, bringing in more and more investigators to intimidate her. Read More: New York Post

FDNY minority  retort – Hit with a $128M ‘bias’ bill

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