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Far Rockaway teen busted for anti-Semitic graffiti at LIRR station

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Photo courtesy of MTA Long Island Rail Road

A Far Rockaway teen has been arrested for defacing the Cedarhurst Long Island Rail Road station with anti-Semitic graffiti on eight occasions, the MTA said.

Jonathan Schuster, 18, has been charged with felony criminal mischief in the third degree as a hate crime, criminal mischief in the fourth degree and making graffiti, according to MTA police.

A senior at Priority-1:Torah Academy of Lawrence-Cedarhurst, a yeshiva located in the town, Schuster allegedly committed the acts starting in December 2012. He is accused of using a black marker to write anti-Semitic statements, which usually contained expletives, on platform advertising billboards, police said.

His arrest comes after a year-long investigation that included uniformed patrols and surveillance by undercover detectives, according to the MTA. A wanted poster was also issued last month and a reward was offered for any information leading to the perpetrator’s arrest. Tips lead detectives to Schuster who allegedly confessed to the crime, police said.

Since December 2012, there have been 11 incidents in which anti-Semitic graffiti was scrawled on advertisements at three Long Island Rail Road stations in the Five Towns area of Nassau County, including the eight at Cedarhurst station, three at Lawrence station and one at Hewlett station, authorities said.

MTA Police are continuing to investigate the other incidents.



J train dispute leads to multiple stabbing at Jamaica subway station

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A dispute on a J train this morning led to a multiple stabbing on a Jamaica subway platform, said the MTA.

Around 8:45 a.m. Wednesday, a couple, Princess Llsop, 24, and Antione Roddy, 34, reportedly began arguing with the suspect, Dina Saint-Fleur, 25, on a J subway train.

After exiting the train, the dispute continued onto an escalator at the Sutphin Boulevard /Archer Avenue /JFK Airport station, and Saint-Fleur slashed both victims in the left elbow with a knife.

A third person, Andres Nova, 42, was also injured, with lacerations to his left elbow and a back injury, but it wasn’t clear if the elbow injury was from the knife or when he fell during the incident, according to the MTA.

The victims were taken to Jamaica Hospital with non-life threatening injuries, said the NYPD.

The suspect, who may be emotionally disturbed, was arrested at the scene by MTA police.

MTA cop able to kill attacker despite eye injury

| tcullen@queenscourier.com

Photo Courtesy of MTA

An MTA cop was stabbed in the eye this morning at the Jamaica LIRR station, it has been reported, and the officer’s reporter was killed during the altercation.

The MTA officer, identified as John Barnett, suffered a serious wound to his left eye but he’s expected to survive, MTA Chairperson and CEO Joseph Lhota told The Post.

The incident occurred at about 9:30 this morning outside the station near Sutphin Boulevard and Jamaica Avenue, authorities told the newspaper.

Although the attacker, identified as Edgar Owens, had stabbed Barnett in the eye, the cop was still able to shoot Owens, who later died at Jamaica Hospital, The Post reported.

Owens approached and attacked Barnett without any provocation, Lhota told the newspaper.