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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.

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Police looking for Long Island City attempted robbery suspects


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Cops are looking for a male and female duo that attempted to steal money from a register at a local bodega in Long Island City, but were successfully fought off by the store employee.

The suspects entered U.S. Brazil bodega at 41-02 34th Ave. on May 18 around 5 a.m., and the man threatened the store employee by saying he had a gun and would shoot him, police said.

The male crook didn’t pull out a weapon but tried to take the cash from the register and fought with the employee, authorities said. After a brief fight with the employee, the suspects ran from the store and headed eastbound on 34th Avenue in a white Fiat, officers said.

The male suspect is described by the NYPD as being Hispanic, 5 foot 9 inches tall, about 160 pounds with a light complexion and short hair. He was last seen wearing a black and red baseball hat, a long-sleeved blue shirt, tan cargo shorts and white sneakers.

The female is also described as Hispanic, about 5 foot 3 inches tall, 130 pounds with a light complexion as well, long, brown hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing a blue baseball hat, a blue short-sleeved shirt, blue checkered pants and white sneakers.

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 are kept strictly confidential.

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Husband scares away Ozone Park home invader after hearing wife’s screams


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Authorities continue to search for a man who invaded an Ozone Park home and assaulted a 46-year-old woman.

Police said the incident occurred at 8:15 a.m. on March 13 at an undisclosed location in the neighborhood within the confines of the 106th Precinct.

According to police, the woman was sitting on the ground floor of her residence when the perpetrator entered her home, grabbed her by the neck and arm, and demanded cash.

The victim reportedly screamed, prompting her husband — who had been upstairs — to run down and help her. Police said the suspect then fled out of the home empty-handed in an unknown direction.

No injuries were reported.


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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Brooklyn man shot to death in Jamaica


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A Brooklyn man was found dead from a gunshot wound to the torso in Jamaica over the weekend, police said.

Officers from the 113th Precinct discovered the 54-year-old victim, identified as James Burnett, at 12:45 p.m. on Saturday near 110th Road and Sutphin Boulevard, authorities said.

EMS rushed Burnett to Jamaica Hospital, where he was pronounced deceased.

There are currently no arrests and the investigation is ongoing.

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NYPD officer shot in Queens Village, suspect charged with attempted murder


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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BY ROBERT POZARYCKI, CRISTABELLE TUMOLA AND ALINA SURIEL

Updated Monday, May 4, 9:30 a.m.

A police officer remains in critical but stable condition after being shot while on duty in Queens Village Saturday — and the man who allegedly shot him remains locked up, according to officials.

The shooting took place at about 6:15 p.m. in the vicinity of 212th Street and 104th Road.

According to police, the injured officer — P.O. Brian Moore, 25, a five-year NYPD veteran from Long Island — and his partner, P.O. Erik Jansen, were in plain clothes and patrolling the area in an unmarked vehicle when they observed the suspected shooter — Demetrius Blackwell, 35 — acting suspiciously.

Police Commissioner Bill Bratton said Blackwell motioned toward his waist as if concealing a firearm.

Officer Brian Moore (Photo courtesy of NYPD)

Officer Brian Moore (Photo courtesy of NYPD)

Moore, who was driving the unmarked police cruiser, rolled up behind Blackwell and inquired as to his actions. Bratton said Blackwell immediately turned toward the vehicle, pulled out a firearm and fired at least two shots, striking Moore in the face and head.

Jansen, who was not injured, radioed for help, and officers in a responding patrol car rushed Moore to Jamaica Hospital. The injured officer was immediately brought into surgery and will be admitted to the hospital’s intensive care unit. Reportedly, a prognosis for his recovery won’t be known for up to 48 hours.

The NY Daily News reported Monday that Moore is in a medically induced coma.

Mayor Bill de Blasio, Commissioner Bratton and Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown visited Moore’s family at Jamaica Hospital Saturday night and later addressed members of the media about the shooting.

“Our hearts are with his family, his loved ones,” de Blasio said. “Our hearts are with [Moore’s] extended family: the men and women of the NYPD.”

Blackwell ran from the location, but police, aided by several witnesses, stopped him several blocks away on 212th Place, officials said. The weapon, however, has not yet been recovered.

Police noted that Blackwell has a previous criminal record that included arrests for robbery and weapons possession. According to NYS Department of Corrections and Community Supervision records, he was released from prison in June 2008 after serving time for a second-degree attempted murder conviction.

Blackwell was ordered held without bail during his arraignment hearing Sunday on charges of first-degree attempted murder on a police officer, aggravated assault on a police officer, second-degree criminal possession of a weapon and first-degree assault. If convicted, Brown said, Blackwell faces 25 years to life behind bars.

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DNA helps cops nab Ridgewood car thief


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An alleged Ridgewood car thief was brought in by cops last week after DNA testing from items left behind at the scene connected him to the crime, police stated.

The suspect, identified by police as Alfredo Santiago, 41, of Bushwick, reportedly dropped a backpack containing three screwdrivers and personal items taken from the car during the September 2014 robbery.

According to authorities, during the incident, the owner of the vehicle approached his car, which was parked outside of 1856 Troutman St., at approximately 3:40 a.m. on Sept. 28 when he saw Santiago step out of his car and display what appeared to be a firearm.

Police said that Santiago then threatened to shoot the victim before he fled the scene, dropping the backpack containing the screwdrivers that led to his arrest.

Genetic evidence recovered from one of the screwdrivers was tested and found to match Santiago’s DNA profile.

Santiago was arraigned on April 22 before Queens Supreme Court Justice Stephanie Zaro on first-degree robbery, possession of burglar’s tools and fourth-degree criminal mischief. His bail was set at $30,000, and he is scheduled to return to court on May 6.

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Two 109th Precinct cops show NYPD’s friendly side in Whitestone


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Photos courtesy of We Love Whitestone

While 12-year-old Joseph Prisco was playing basketball alone in a local Whitestone park one day, a squad car pulled up at the curb and one officer approached him.

Joseph thought maybe he was in trouble, but what the officer said shocked him. The policeman asked to “shoot some hoops,” according to the boy, while his partner waited by the car.

As the officer played with the preteen, he asked questions about where Joseph lived, sports he liked and school. When they finished playing, Joseph called his mother, Angela Delli Gatti-Prisco, and told her about what happened. She was stunned, and thought, “Since when does a police officer stop a car to play ball with some kid at a park?” she recalled.

But the men, Police Officers Justin Hubbard and Nicholas Hon, were just making certain the boy was okay when they saw him alone on March 26 at Clintonville Playground. Their actions inspired Delli Gatti-Prisco to write a letter of appreciation to the We Love Whitestone community group, which honored the two officers on Wednesday.

“In today’s day and age, many of us take for granted the protection and service we are provided by our ‘men in blue,’ the policemen of New York City, who day in and day out put their lives on the line for the lives of others,” the mother wrote in a letter to the group.

About the incident, the cops said they were just doing their job and checking on the boy. That humble response resonated with community members.

“With all the bad publicity that cops have been getting, we felt that the majority of them are good and trying to do good things,” We Love Whitestone founder Alfredo Centola said. “And we wanted to acknowledge their going above and beyond their everyday duties.”

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Man found dead in vehicle parked on Middle Village street


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A 25-year-old Middle Village man was found dead inside a parked vehicle in his neighborhood Friday morning, according to police.

Officers responding to a call of an unconscious male inside a parked car at 8:50 a.m. discovered the man, identified as James Hanrahan, in the vehicle, which was located on 77th Street near Penelope Avenue in Middle Village, authorities said.

EMS units pronounced Hanrahan dead at the scene.

No signs of trauma to the body were found. The medical examiner will determine the cause of death and the investigation is currently ongoing, officials said.

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More Maspeth massage parlor employees busted for prostitution


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Three Maspeth massage parlor workers wound up in handcuffs last week for rubbing patrons the wrong way, according to police.

Law enforcement sources said the suspects were cuffed on April 1 at a massage parlor located at 66-47 Grand Ave., which cops raided in a prior bust back in March.

According to the criminal complaint, Hiu Yi Tsang, 29, of Flushing, allegedly offered and agreed to engage in a sexual act for $40 and perform a massage for $60 on an undercover detective.

It was also noted in the report that Tsang is allegedly not licensed, registered, nor holds a limited permit to practice massage therapy in New York State.

Sunyu Ping, 46, of Maspeth, is alleged in the report to have offered and performed a full body massage, which she was not licensed for, on the undercover detective for $40. It is further reported that Ping then offered and agreed to engage in oral sex with the detective for the sum of $60.

Finally, police said that Lina Li, 33, of Maspeth allegedly offered and agreed to engage in sexual intercourse with the undercover detective, and then agreed to perform a full body massage on the detective, for a total of $300.

All three suspects were charged with prostitution and unauthorized use of a professional title.

Tsang and Ping were arraigned in front of Judge Bruna Dibiase, while Li was arraigned in front of Judge David Hawkins; they were each released without bail. Both Ping and Tsang are due back in court on April 24, while Li’s next court date is May 1.

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Suspect arrested for firing shots outside Resorts World Casino


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A Brooklyn man suspected of firing shots at Resorts World Casino amid a brawl at the South Ozone Park establishment on Friday night has been arrested, police reported.

Jaquan Roberts, 22, was charged in connection with firing a gun in the casino’s parking lot moments after the fracas erupted inside the casino’s Fat Tuesday daiquiri bar.

The fight took place on the night of April 3, when patrons, waiting to get into the bar during its grand opening, began throwing punches and chairs, allegedly causing thousands of dollars in damage. Video of the brawl went viral after being posted on YouTube.

Three others were arrested following the brawl, and several individuals were hospitalized with minor injuries.

Roberts is being charged with two counts of assault, criminal possession of a weapon in the second and third degree and first-degree reckless endangerment.

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Suspect wanted for firing shots in parking lot outside Resorts World brawl


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Police are looking for a man who allegedly fired shots in the parking lot of Resorts World around the time a massive fight broke out in the casino Friday night.

At about 10:50 p.m., during the brawl at the South Ozone Park casino, which occurred at the grand opening of a daiquiri bar called Fat Tuesday, police responded to a 911 call of shots fired in the parking lot, authorities said. Officers searched the parking lot and area hospitals for a victim with a gunshot wound, but none was found.

Using surveillance footage of the area and inside of the casino, facial recognition technology and a license plate reader, police were able to identify the suspect as 22-year-old Jaquan Roberts, authorities said.

Roberts is described as a black male, about 6 feet tall and 180 pounds. According to police, he was arrested in 2010 for possession of a loaded .22-caliber American Arms revolver after he shot himself in the right leg.

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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Video: Huge fight breaks out at Resorts World


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Fists and chairs were flying as a huge fight broke out during a bar’s grand opening at Resorts World Casino Friday night, according to police and video footage of the incident.

Cops, responding to multiple 911 calls from the South Ozone Park casino, arrived to find around 300 people surrounding the brawl outside of Fat Tuesday, a daiquiri bar, that spilled into the dining area, authorities said. But only about two dozen people were actually engaged in the physical altercations.

Video footage posted to YouTube shows casino patrons hurling chairs across the room and throwing punches as the melee moves through the food court, reportedly causing thousands of dollars of damage.

“The safety of our patrons is Resorts World’s top priority, and there is absolutely no room for this kind of behavior at our facility,” a casino spokesperson said in a statement, according to published reports. “We are reviewing all aspects of this unfortunate event and are fully committed to taking steps to ensure similar acts do not take place ever again.”

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Police said they arrested three individuals in connection with the incident.

Andre Rivers, 23, of Brooklyn, was charged with disorderly conduct, and Jovan Bovell, 23, of South Ozone Park, was charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. Both had previous warrants.

The third individual, a 30-year-old man, was issued a summons and released.

Several people suffered minor injuries in the brawl, including one officer who was taken to an area hospital for a hand injury, police said.

Police didn’t immediately reveal what sparked the mayhem and said the investigation was ongoing, but according to published reports the fight started while customers were waiting in a long line for drinks.

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Brooklyn man convicted of causing wild car chase through Long Island City


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Jurors convicted a Brooklyn man Wednesday on assault and other charges for leading officers on a wild pursuit through Long Island City and Manhattan last June, prosecutors announced.

Maurice McArthur, 27, was found guilty of second-degree assault, third-degree unlawful fleeing a police officer in a motor vehicle, reckless endangerment, obstructing governmental administration and resisting arrest after a two-week jury trial before Judge Robert C. Kohm.

McArthur faces up to seven years behind bars when he is sentenced on April 28, according to Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown.

Authorities said the trouble began at about 7:30 p.m. on June 4, 2014, when McArthur — while speeding in a 1996 Ford Taurus southbound on 11th Street — nearly struck an unmarked police van as he was turning eastbound onto 40th Avenue.

When the officers attempted to pull him over, McArthur ignored them and turned onto 21st Street, according to prosecutors. Police pursued McArthur as he eventually made his way onto the Ed Koch-Queensboro Bridge into Manhattan.

After leaving the bridge he continued driving erratically, weaving in and out of traffic, briefly driving onto a sidewalk and striking a vehicle in the process, sources said. He then returned to the Queensboro Bridge and traveled back into Queens.

McArthur reportedly stopped at Thomson Avenue, then jumped out of the car and ran eastbound toward Queens Boulevard, where police apprehended him.

Two officers suffered minor injuries while attempting to take McArthur into custody, prosecutors said.

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Queens husband beats wife with hammer to end her suffering: prosecutors


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An 87-year-old man was charged with assault after hitting his 83-year-old wife on the head with a hammer because he didn’t want to see her suffer as she went into surgery at Elmhurst Hospital, officials said.

On March 7, at about 4:40 p.m. Manuel Besteiro went into Elmhurst Hospital to visit his wife Remedious Besteiro as she was being treated and expected to go in to surgery, according to court records.

A nurse at the hospital then witnessed the husband strike his wife over the head with a hammer numerous times, and she quickly took the hammer out of his hand.

According to the criminal complaint, the 87-year-old told investigators that he went to see his wife in the hospital, where staff told him she was going to have surgery, and because he didn’t “want to see her suffer” he hit her in the head with a hammer.

There is no prior history of violence between the couple, police said.

The victim suffered contusions and lacerations to the head and received 15 to 20 staples on the right side of her head.

Besteiro was arraigned on March 8 and has been charged with attempted assault in the first degree, assault in the second degree, and criminal possession of a weapon in the fourth degree. He was released on his own recognizance and is expected to appear again in court on April 7.

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Brooklyn man collared in deadly Ridgewood shooting


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A Brooklyn man has been charged with fatally shooting a 21-year-old man outside a Ridgewood pool hall last weekend, police announced Friday night.

Ricardo Delgado, 20, of Bedford-Stuyvesant, faces second-degree murder and weapons possession charges for the March 14 incident that claimed the life of 21-year-old Bushwick resident Eric Santiago.

Santiago was shot in the torso while standing along Palmetto Street between Cypress and St. Nicholas avenues, adjacent to the Arena pool hall, just before 1:15 a.m.

He was brought by private means to Wyckoff Heights Medical Center, where he later died of his injuries.

According to the 104th Precinct Detective Squad, Delgado was taken into custody Thursday and is currently awaiting arraignment in Queens Criminal Court.

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