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Ridgewood woman missing for almost two weeks: police

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The NYPD is seeking the public’s assistance in locating a missing Ridgewood woman.

The woman, identified as Nathalie Ionescu, was last heard from on Wednesday, Sept. 16, according to police.

Ionescu, 32, is described as a white woman, standing 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighing approximately 110 pounds.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS (8477), visit the Crime Stoppers website or text tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.

All calls will remain strictly confidential.


Four men wanted for Richmond Hill barbershop robbery

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Police are looking for four suspects wanted for the robbery of an employee in a Richmond Hill barbershop earlier this week.

The victim, a 27-year-old male, was working at a barbershop located at 132-03 Liberty Ave., when the four male suspects entered the establishment on Sept. 21 at 7:19 p.m., with two displaying black firearms.

The suspects then took the victim to the basement, where they removed his Samsung cellphone, iPad and approximately $52 in cash before fleeing the establishment.

Officers from the 106th Precinct responded to the scene. There were no reported injuries.

Surveillance video of the four suspects was taken at a neighboring store and recovered by the NYPD.

Police described the four suspects as black males. One was last seen wearing a gray long-sleeved shirt with a gray undershirt, a gray baseball cap, khaki pants and white sneakers; another was observed wearing a blue sweatshirt, light blue jeans and black sneakers.

The third perpetrator wore a white sweatshirt, dark blue jeans and black sneakers, while the fourth suspect was last seen wearing a gray sweatshirt, light jeans, blue and white baseball cap and white sneakers with black laces.

Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS. The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website or texting their tips to 274637(CRIMES) then enter TIP577. All calls and messages are kept confidential.


Two men found dead in Whitestone home bathroom

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Two men were found dead in a Whitestone apartment on Thursday, according to police.

Cops would not release the identity of the men, but say they were found in an apartment building on the corner of 28th Road and the Whitestone Expressway at 12:14 p.m.

The medical examiner is still determining the cause of death and official identification is pending family notification.

According to the Daily News, the men were a couple and were identified by family as Carl Tannenbaum, 60, and John Janssen.

According to the report, investigators believe that Tannenbaum died of natural causes and Janssen had committed suicide after discovering his partner’s body in their shared bathroom.


Two suspects in Woodhaven wanted for lottery scam on 80-year-old woman

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Detectives are looking for two suspects in Woodhaven who tricked an 80-year-old woman into giving them $90,000 in cash earlier this month.

On Wednesday, Sept. 9, two suspects approached the victim at 80-35 Jamaica Ave. after exiting a Jeep Cherokee Latitude at about 2:30 p.m.

The first suspect, described by police as a Hispanic woman in her early 40s, asked the victim if she could help her cash a winning lottery ticket. The second suspect, a Hispanic male wearing a pink shirt and blue jeans, explained to the victim what she had to do to cash the winning lottery ticket, police said.

The suspects convinced the victim to withdraw and provide them $90,000. After the victim gave them the money, the suspects drove the woman to her house and asked her to provide a utility bill to prove that was her residence.

When the victim came out of her house to produce the bill, both suspects fled the scene. The incident was later reported to the 102nd Precinct.

Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS. The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website or texting their tips to 274637(CRIMES) then enter TIP577. All calls and messages are kept confidential.

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Four suspects wanted in LIC robbery

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Police are asking for the public’s assistance in locating four suspects wanted in connection with a Long Island City robbery last week.

Police say the 30-year-old male victim was approached by the suspects at 6 a.m. on Sept. 6 in front of 36-17 34th St. in the confines of the 114th Precinct.

One of the suspects brandished a firearm while demanding property of the man, according to authorities. The thieves succeeded in removing jewelry and an iPhone from the victim before fleeing in their vehicle, a gray Nissan Altima.

Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers hotline at 800-577-TIPS. The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website or texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.


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.


Jamaica man sentenced to 20 years in prison on abduction charges

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A 35-year-old Queens man has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for abducting a Harlem woman who died after a brutal beating by the man and his wife in December 2013.

Malik Wilkerson, of 116th Road in Jamaica, pleaded guilty on July 13 to second-degree kidnapping before Queens Supreme Court Justice Richard L. Buchter, who sentenced him to 20 years in prison on July 27. His wife, Devonee Wilkerson, pleaded guilty to the same charge on May 21, 2014, and was sentenced to 20 years in prison on June 5, 2014.

According to the charges, the victim, 38-year-old mother of three Sheryl Outerbridge, had been trying to leave an ongoing sexual relationship she had had for years with the Wilkersons. Outerbridge fled the couple’s apartment on the night of Dec. 2, 2013, only to be found the next day on the train station platform at Sutphin Boulevard and Archer Avenue.

The couple forcibly removed her from the train station and took her back to their home, where they attacked her with a paint roller extension and a glass bottle, burned her with a lit cigarette and punched her repeatedly. Outerbridge died of her wounds the following day after being dropped off at a local Queens hospital.

“[Malik Wilkerson] has shown he is not fit for civilized society and will be locked behind bars—to protect the public and to punish him for this brutal crime,” Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said in a statement Tuesday, July 28.


Private investigator, father and son indicted for tampering with witnesses in gun possession case

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A father and a son, along with a private investigator, have been indicted on charges of soliciting, intimidating and tampering with witnesses in a gun possession case in Jamaica.

Frederick Freeman, 27, of Miller Avenue in Brooklyn, along with his father Frederick Hutcherson, 47, of Beach 27th Street in Far Rockaway, and private investigator Charles Gallman, 52, of Metropolitan Avenue in the Bronx, are charged with 13 counts of bribing a witness, third- and fourth-degree tampering with a witness, third-degree intimidating a victim or witness, fourth-degree criminal solicitation and fifth-degree conspiracy. If convicted, they each face up to seven years in prison.

Freeman is currently awaiting trial for weapons possession after a confrontation at the Jamaica, Queens, apartment of his girlfriend’s brother, Rashown Williams, on Jan. 30, 2013. If convicted, he faces up to 25 years in prison.

According to the charges in the case, Freeman, Hutcherson and Gallman conspired between Feb. 1, 2015, and April 1, 2015, to bribe and intimidate witnesses due to testify at Freeman’s gun case.

The three defendants allegedly attempted to instill the fear in Williams and his family that they might be physically injured if they testified. It is also alleged that the defendants offered to confer benefits on the potential witnesses if they altered their testimony or refused to appear in court.

“Prospective witnesses must be protected from outside interference that might affect their testimony,” said Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown. “This office will not tolerate the intimidation of, or tampering with, witnesses and is committed to the vigorous prosecution of those who engage in such conduct.”


Suspect sought in forcible touching of teen in Flushing

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Police are looking for a man wanted for forcibly touching a 14-year-old girl in Flushing last month.

On June 29 at about 1 p.m. the victim was walking near 41st Avenue and Main Street when the suspect approached her from behind and grabbed her buttocks several times, according to cops.

The man then fled the scene; there were no reported injuries.

Police describe the suspect as a black man in his early 30s, 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighing 200 pounds.

Authorities have released surveillance video and photos of the suspect.

Anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS, visit their website or send a text message to 274637 (CRIMES), then enter TIP577. All calls and messages are kept confidential.


Queens-based counterfeiting ring busted, loaded weapon and marijuana discovered

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Authorities charged 17 people connected to a major credit and debit card fraud ring based in Queens following a yearlong investigation, prosecutors announced on Thursday.

According to Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown, the suspects used the stolen credit and debit card account information to make purchases at department stores and other establishments in New York City, Long Island and Rockland County between December 2014 and May 2015. Police allege that several of the suspects were active gang members.

During its investigation and ensuring court-authorized searches, police reportedly recovered card readers, embossers and other equipment used for credit and debit card forgery along with more than $11,000 in cash, three vehicles, a loaded .40-caliber Glock firearm, 41 marijuana plants, two 5-gallon containers full of marijuana and high-intensity lights known to be used for growing pot indoors.

The joint operation was conducted by the NYPD Financial Crimes Task Force, Intelligence Bureau, 105th Precinct, Organized Crime Control Bureau-Asset Forfeiture, Detective Bureau-Warrant Squad and Queens District Attorney’s Office.

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The counterfeiting crew has been variously charged in six indictments with the crimes of second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument, fourth-degree grand larceny, petit larceny, attempted petit larceny and third-degree unlawful possession of personal identification information, Brown said. The defendants each face up to seven years in prison if convicted.

“The indictments are the result of a yearlong investigation by my Economic Crimes Bureau and the New York City Police Department’s Financial Crimes Task Force and included seven months of court-authorized wiretaps, physical and video surveillance and thousands of intercepted telephone calls,” Brown said. “It is alleged that this fraud ring was basically made up of a loose affiliation of friends — all between 20 and 28 in age — who helped each other out with manufacturing and using forged cards to make purchases at Bloomingdales, Saks Fifth Avenue, Macy’s, Target and even Pathmark and Waldbaums supermarkets. Their alleged crimes victimized not just the businesses — costing them thousands of dollars in losses — but the consumers whose personal identification information was used to carry out the scheme.”

Fourteen of the 17 defendants were arraigned on Wednesday in Queens County Supreme Court, while 15 remain in police custody. Two of the individuals are currently being sought.

The defendants are Alexis Arrellano, 23, of Baldwin, Long Island; Deemy Balbuena, 20, of Freeport, Long Island; Jasmine Blair, 27, of Jamaica, Queens, who is presently being sought; Dashawn Coggins (aka Dayday), 27, of Jamaica, Queens, who is presently being sought; Rashem Davis (aka Sheimy), 25, of Jamaica, Queens; Brian Gwenden, 23, of Jamaica, Queens; Peter John (aka Peter Jean Gilles John), 21, of St. Albans, Queens; Omar Majeed, 27, of Jamaica, Queens; Emendjer Mathurni (aka Manny), 24, of Jamaica, Queens; Antoine J. Miller (aka Fatboy), 21, of Flushing, Queens; Amir Mohamed (aka Chop), 24, of Jamaica, Queens; Isijola Olesegun (aka Shea Black), 24, of Jamaica, Queens; Nicholas Pollard, 22, of St. Albans, Queens; Andrew Pottinger (aka Drip), 24, of Queens Village, Queens; Avion Smith (aka Abby), 26, of Hempstead, Long Island; Fendi Vance, 24, of Flushing, Queens; and Vegelia Waters (aka Vegillia O’Conner), 28, of Jamaica, Queens.

An 18th individual, Geovaunni Faucher, 21, of Elmont, Long Island, was arrested and charged with 32 counts of possession of a forged instrument, 32 counts of unlawful possession of personal ID and criminal possession of marijuana in the fifth degree.

According to the indictments, members of the fraud ring purchased the stolen credit and debit card account information from online black market websites. They proceeded to encode the stolen information onto blank cards and physically press the raised numbers and names on the cards. Then they allegedly hired “shoppers” to purchase items from several retailers using the fraudulent cards and proceeded to sell off the stolen goods.

Some of the establishments targeted by the ring include Saks Fifth Avenue, Macy’s stores in Flushing, Douglaston and the Queens Center mall, W&H Liquors in Hollis, Target stores in Nanuet and Long Island, a Pathmark supermarket in New Hyde Park, and Waldbaums supermarket in College Point.


Cops save choking toddler in Jamaica

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A family was saved from tragedy in Jamaica Sunday when two police officers from the 103rd Precinct rushed to the aid of a choking toddler.

Police Officers Scott Nieri and Gobin Raghunath were reportedly flagged down near 148th Street and Liberty Avenue by a panicked father holding his 18-month-old son, who was not breathing because he had a piece of an apple lodged down his throat.

The two officers then turned the baby face down and began performing the Heimlich maneuver, while requesting EMS to come to their location, police said.

After various efforts to clear the baby’s airway, the officers began performing CPR and after a few minutes of chest compressions the apple was cleared from the child’s throat and he started to cry, according to the NYPD.

The boy was rushed to a nearby hospital, where he was treated and later released with no signs of any injuries.


Forest Park homicide suspect knew his victim: DA

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Updated June 22, 2:57 p.m.

Sought for questioning in the recent murder of a Flushing man in Forest Park, a person of interest in the case was picked up by police for drinking inside the park on Friday night and was later charged with the homicide, authorities said.

Zoltan Forai, also known as Stephen Forai, was apprehended by police on Friday in connection to the June 10 murder of Diego Piedrahita, 23, of Booth Memorial Avenue, law enforcement officials stated.

The motive for the murder is still unknown, but according to authorities, Forai and the victim were known to each other.

Sometime between June 8 and June 9, Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown said, Forai allegedly kicked Piedrahita about the head and body, then used a rock to strike him multiple times in his face and head, causing his death. Parkgoers discovered Piedrahita’s body on the afternoon of June 10.

According to police, Forai was spotted by police last Friday at Woodhaven Boulevard and Myrtle Avenue near Forest Park. Forai, who was known to frequent the Forest Park Bandshell and Victory Field, was allegedly observed drinking a can of beer, and he was arrested for drinking in public.

Forai allegedly shaved his beard so as to not look like the bearded suspect wanted for questioning in Piedrahita’s death, authorities said.

Forai was arraigned on Saturday before Queens Criminal Court Judge Bruna DiBiase on second-degree murder and fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon charges. He was ordered held without bail and must to return to court on July 2; if convicted, Forai faces up to 25 years to life in prison.


Five teens caught in Middle Village robbery

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Five teenagers were taken into custody following a Tuesday night robbery in Middle Village, police reported.

Authorities stated that the two victims were traveling through Juniper Valley Park at approximately 10:25 p.m. when they were approached by the five suspects. One of the perpetrators reportedly displayed a knife and demanded the victims’ cellphones.

During the course of the robbery, the group attacked the teens and removed their iPhones before fleeing from the scene, authorities said.

Officers from the 104th Precinct responded to the incident; the victims suffered injuries that were not life-threatening.

Police apprehended the five perpetrators in the area of 69th Street and Metropolitan Avenue shortly after the incident. They were identified as Jonathan Perez 18, from the Bronx; Kenneth Cabrera 18, of Glendale; Justin Santos 19, of Middle Village; a 17-year-old male, of Maspeth; and a 15-year-old male from New Britain, Connecticut.

Each suspect was charged with robbery.


Suspect wanted for cellphone store robberies in Jamaica, Maspeth

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Police are looking for a 30-year-old man wanted in connection to two robberies of Queens cellphone shops in the last two months.

On May 26 at about 6:25 p.m., the suspect — armed with a black firearm — entered the Metro PCS store located at 126-14 Merrick Blvd. in Jamaica and demanded property, police said. He then took $600 and a victim’s cellphone before fleeing the site. There were no reported injuries.

On June 2 at about 6:16 p.m., the same suspect entered a Metro PCS at 66-10 Grand Ave. in Maspeth armed with a black firearm and demanded money, according to authorities. A female victim handed the man $186 and a wristlet. The suspect then fled the location and there were no reported injuries.

The suspect is described as a black man, between 5 feet 8 inches and 6 feet 1 inch tall, and 160 to 190 pounds. He was last seen wearing a black mask, gray Arizona Diamondbacks jacket with a logo on the breast area and an image of a snack on the sleeves.

Police have released a surveillance video from the first incident and photos from the second.

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.


Cops searching for Jamaica robbery suspects

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Police are looking for three young men responsible for an assault and robbery that took place in Jamaica earlier this month.

The three males reportedly approached a 27-year-old male at the corner of Southgate Street and 140th Avenue at 3:20 a.m. on May 19. Police said the suspects punched and kicked the man before stealing his cellphone and fleeing the location. The victim was treated at a local hospital.

The NYPD described the perpetrators as black males between 17 and 25 years of age. One suspect had dark curly hair and was wearing a T-shirt and jeans, while another was wearing a stocking cap, grey sweatshirt, camouflaged pants and carrying a backpack. The third suspect had facial hair on his chin and was wearing a white and grey shirt, grey pants and a baseball hat.

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.