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Man posed as a cop during sexual assault

| mchan@queenscourier.com

RMA# 1293-11 Robbery Group 51 109 pct 11-20-11

The New York Police Department is asking for the public’s assistance in identifying and locating the individuals wanted in connection with a sexual assault and robbery.

On Sunday, November 20 at approximately 10:30 p.m., one female victim was posting flyers when she was approached on the street by a burgundy-colored van or SUV with four individuals inside. One suspect — described as a Hispanic male — displayed a business card with a police logo, then told the victim it was illegal to post flyers and asked for her identification, according to police.

Cops said when the victim said she did not have her identification with her, the suspect had her enter the vehicle and drove her to her residence to retrieve it.

Meanwhile, in the rear of the vehicle, police say, there were two additional individuals — one male and one female. The suspect then accompanied the victim to her apartment where she produced her identification. After taking it, the suspect forced her to undress, at which time he sexually assaulted the victim and exposed himself to her, said police.

The victim then fled to a neighbor’s apartment, while the suspect fled the location with the victim’s laptop and house keys.
Anyone with information regarding this incident or the identity and whereabouts of the suspect is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS (8477).

Richmond Hill assault suspect sought

| tcimino@queenscourier.com

Assault 102 Pctw

The New York Police Department is asking for the public’s assistance in identifying a suspect wanted in connection with an assault.

On Sunday, November 27, in front of the Nest Bar & Restaurant, located at 125-17 101st Avenue, the suspect struck a 33-year-old man multiple times during a dispute, causing him to sustain injuries. The victim was taken to Jamaica Hospital.

The suspect, who fled the scene, is described as a black male, approximately 5-feet-5 inches tall, with a dark complexion.

Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS.

Long Island City housing complex plagued by shootings

| mpantelidis@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photo by Nargas Karimi

Constant fear caused by frequent shootings has left the residents of Astoria Houses in a frenzy.

The housing development, located at 4-20 Astoria Boulevard in Long Island City, has been plagued by gun violence for years, according to the people who call the houses home.

“I hear the shootings every time and it’s routine,” said Millie Santana, a resident of Astoria Houses. “It happens all the time.”

Recently, the frequency of the shootings has escalated to an alarming rate.

According to police, during the month of October, there were five incidents of gun violence at Astoria Houses – three on the 21, one on the 22 and one on the 24.

“It has been very devastating,” said Claudia Coger, the president of the Astoria Houses tenant’s association. “There have been gun incidents sporadically, and it has been devastating and frightening for the community. People have become homebodies. But this has also brought a community-wide awakening that we have to do more to keep one another safe.”

Two of the incidents, which involved gun shots causing property damage, have been classified as criminal mischief and reckless endangerment.
During another shooting, categorized as reckless endangerment, a round was fired through a wall, entering an apartment; no one was injured

“I’m absolutely scared,” said a 24-year-old female resident of the complex. “I’m just trying to keep my daughters safe. We don’t know how long the cops will be here. The truth is that to live here you have to be wise and mind your own business. That’s all you can do.”

The two remaining shootings have both been classified as assaults.

The first stemmed from an argument that ensued at 2-10 27th Avenue on October 22 at 9:30 p.m. The dispute led to the discharging of shots, and an innocent, 16-year-old female was struck by a stray bullet while standing near the complex’s basketball courts.

The second shooting occurred on October 24 at 7:48 p.m., when an attempted robbery turned violent, say police. While a 26-year-old, male resident of Astoria Houses was walking to his apartment, two black males attempted to hold him up. When the victim fled, the suspects opened fire, striking him once in the left foot and again in the right calf.

The two assaults are the only gun-related injuries to occur at the houses this year, compared to one in 2010, during which 22-year-old Kalis Canady was shot in the head and killed.

“I stopped my grandkids from coming out here, just until all of this gets together,” said another female resident of Astoria Houses. “I don’t want them to walk around here because you never know when there can be shootings. It’s very ugly.”

Living at the houses has become work for some, with rules and regulations dictating how residents can behave.

“It’s best to try and avoid situations and come outside only when you have to. Other than that stay inside,” Santana said. “I’ve never really let my son come outside, but it all comes with living in the projects. I just want to get out of here and give my kids something better.”

No arrests have been made in connection with the incidents, and the investigations are ongoing.

In response to the recent rise in gun violence, the police have stationed a temporary headquarters vehicle (THV) at the complex. The NYPD has also implemented a tower with video surveillance, assigned additional plainclothes officers to the area and increased patrols, particularly late at night.

Confidential informants are being contacted by the police as well.

The Courier witnessed an NYPD mobile command truck parked on Astoria Boulevard and 8th Street on October 31, and noticed squad cars driving past the complex every five to 10 minutes.

Although police say there is no evidence of gang activity in connection with the shootings, groups of individuals have been seen congregating in the vicinity of the basketball courts.

Despite the increase in police presence, many residents remain unconvinced a significant change will occur.

“The cops here aren’t going to do anything,” Santana said. “Once they leave it will go back to the same thing. I remember during a shooting a while ago, the police didn’t even show up. They don’t care. They get on the news and make their big speeches saying ‘We’re on it,’ but really, they don’t care. In these projects, the majority of the people are the minority.”

109th Precinct Crime Prevention Tips

| mpantelidis@queenscourier.com

With unattended property crimes, cases of con games and larcenies of rims and tires rising across the confines of the 109th Precinct, the New York Police Department’s (NYPD) Crime Prevention Unit is providing the public with tips on how to keep their valuables safe.

            According to the NYPD, Nissan Maximas, Cadillacs and Infinitis are the primary models being targeted.

            The police suggest the following tips to prevent rim or tire theft:

  1. Utilize lug nut locks. Locks can be purchased for roughly $50. Car owners often use two locks per rim.
  2. Activate any and all alarms. Alarms equipped with a tilt sensor, which activate if the vehicle is moved, are among the most effective alarms on the market.
  3. Pay additional attention at night. Many thefts occur after dark, so residents are advised to pay attention to suspicious persons or vehicles in the area.
  4. Video cameras in the front of the house are considered a strong deterrent.
  5.  Park your car in an area with an abundance of lighting, such as a well lit street or parking lot.
  6. Utilize a garage, if it is available.
  7. Be a good neighbor. Community involvement is vital when preventing theft, so if you witness a suspicious character, call 911. Your call will remain anonymous.

In order to prevent having your unattended property stolen, the NYPD offers the following advice:

  1. Do not store valuables in your vehicle. G.P.S systems, tools, laptop computers, cash and jewelry are among the items targeted by thieves.
  2. Keep your pocketbooks on your shoulders at all time. A woman’s pocketbook should never be left in the car, in carts while shopping or on the back of a chair while eating.        
  3. Be aware at all times. Vehicle break-ins occur both in the daytime and overnight.


To avoid falling prey to con games, the NYPD suggests the following tips:

  1. Never respond to an email or phone call that claims you have won the lottery or any other prize.
  2. Never send a check or wire money to someone you do not know.
  3. Be wary of potential scams on websites such as Craigslist, which offer job and other opportunities in exchange for payment.  
  4. Be alert while loading your car after shopping. Professional thieves will often distract you while their accomplice steals your property from the car.
  5. Remember the saying, “If it’s too good to be true, it probably is.”

If you fall victim to or witness any of the above crimes within the confines of the 109th Precinct, call Community Affairs at 718-321-2268.

Bank Robbery in Jamaica

| mpantelidis@queenscourier.com

The woman police say robbed the Chase Bank in Jamaica on November 1.

The New York City Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying and locating a suspect wanted for a bank robbery that occurred at the Chase Bank, located at 90-14 Jamaica Avenue, within the confines of the 102nd Precinct.

On Tuesday, November 1, at approximately 2:26 p.m., the suspect, described as a white female in her 30’s with blonde hair, entered the Chase Bank, approached a teller and demanded cash. The suspect threatened that she was in possession of a gun, but never displayed the weapon. The teller then handed over an undetermined amount of money, after which the suspect fled the bank. She was last seen walking westbound on Jamaica Avenue.

            The suspect is said to be approximately 5’08” and weigh roughly 150 pounds. She was last seen wearing eye glasses, a black and white Adidas nylon top and blue jeans.

The NYPD is requesting that anyone with information regarding this incident call Crime Stoppers at 1 800 577 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.