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Vehicle goes into East River blocks from deadly Astoria accident


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Updated 4:15 p.m.

A car crashed into the East River just blocks away from a fatal accident where four people lost their lives Friday night, police said.

The vehicle was traveling on 20th Avenue and Shore Boulevard in Astoria about 4 a.m. Saturday when it went through a fence and entered the water, according to the NYPD.

When cops arrived, the vehicle’s four passengers were out of the river and told police  that the driver fled the scene. They were then taken to Mount Sinai Queens where they were treated and released, officials said.

 

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NYPD releases new photos in Astoria attempted rape case


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Cops have released new pictures of a man who they say attempted to rape a woman in Astoria last month. 

The man allegedly tried to rape the woman on Feb. 23 at about 3:30 a.m. He approached the 23-year-old victim from behind as she was walking on 30th Avenue, and shoved her to the ground before trying to rape her, officials said.

The woman fought back, and the perpetrator fled.

Police describe the suspect as a Hispanic male in his early 30s, 5 feet 7 inches tall and 145 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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Flushing man decapitated while trying to cross Grand Central Parkway


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A 31-year-old Flushing man was killed while crossing the Grand Central Parkway Friday night, police said.

Fidel Vidal Diaz was hit by two vehicles when he tried to cross the westbound lane of the roadway at 31st Drive, cops said. Diaz was decapitated by the crash, according to reports.

The first vehicle was a 2005 Ford Mustang and the second was a 2002 Volkswagen. Both drivers remained on the scene of the accident, cops said.

Police and EMS responded just after 11 p.m. and Diaz was pronounced dead at the scene, according to officials.

Cops are still investigating the accident.

 

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Man burglarizes Astoria apartment for Apple products


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This guy is a bad apple.

Cops are looking for a man who entered an Astoria apartment Tuesday and stole an Apple iPhone, iPad mini, an iPod touch, and a Macbook.

After swiping the Apple tech, he then stole jewelry and an undetermined amount of money, police said, and even took a green bag that was in the apartment to carry the load of items.

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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Off-duty NYPD cop charged with DUI after Bayside accident


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Update Monday, March 24 3:45 p.m.

An off-duty NYPD cop was arrested for drunk driving after crashing into a parked car in Bayside Saturday, according to officials.

Liam Donahue, 22, ran into an unoccupied vehicle on 40th Avenue near 217th Street about 5 a.m., authorities said.

Following the fender-bender, an officer said he observed Donahue with slurred speech, the smell of alcohol under his breath and that he was unsteady on his feet, according to the criminal complaint. Donahue, who, according to reports, works out of Patrol Borough Manhattan North, admitted he was driving when his Honda struck the parked car, causing extensive damage.

He refused a blood test and was taken to North Shore-LIJ for evaluation, the complaint said.

 

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Dead woman pulled out of Long Island City waters


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Fire officials pulled the body of a 51-year-old Long Island City woman out of the East River Saturday morning, police said.

She was fully clothed, and there were no visible signs of trauma on her body, according to cops.

The woman, Judy Soo Hoo, was found floating near 47th Rd. and Center Blvd. about 10 a.m., police said.

The investigation is ongoing.

 

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Cops seek man who tried to kidnap 11-year-old boy in Flushing


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Photo sketch courtesy NYPD

Police are looking for a man who they say tried to kidnap an 11-year-old boy in Flushing Friday.

The boy was waiting to be picked up after school about 2:35 p.m. at the corner of Colden Street and 45th Avenue when a 40-year-old man pulled up in a car and told the victim to get inside, authorities said.

“Get in the car. I’ll take you somewhere nice upstate,” the suspect said, according to police.

When the victim refused, the man got out of the car, grabbed him by the hands and tried to pull him inside the car, cops said.

The victim’s father showed up and foiled the plans. Police said the suspect fled north in a dark blue four door sedan on Colden Street.

The suspect was described by police as Asian with short black hair and brown eyes. He is 5-foot-6 to 5-foot-8 and has dark skin and a goatee.

The man was last seen wearing a blue multi-colored sweatshirt and brown slacks.

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 warn Maspeth, Woodside residents of home burglars


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The 104th Precinct is warning residents to beware of burglars.

The precinct’s detective team has released flyers seeking information that could help prevent future loss of property or catch thieves that have committed several recent home burglaries in Maspeth.

“Help us, Help you!,” is written on the flyer. “Recently there have been numerous burglaries in the Maspeth/Woodside, Queens area while homeowners are at work or away from home.”

Anyone with information is asked to call the precinct’s detective team at 718-386-2723.

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Fresh Meadows noise complaint leads to heroin bust


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A noise complaint at a Fresh Meadows home led police officers to make a major heroin bust Friday night.

Uniformed officers of the 107th Precinct responded to a 3-1-1 noise complaint at 11:05 p.m. on the third floor at 67-11 161st St., according to the NYPD. Upon arriving, the officer heard a loud radio from one apartment and after they knocked the suspect, Frank Giardina, answered the door holding a marijuana pipe.

In order to write Giardina a summons, the officers asked him for his identification after which Giardina invited the police inside his apartment in order to get his ID, according to police. Once inside the apartment the officers saw about five pounds of alleged heroin on the kitchen table. Giardina was then placed under arrest.

A search warrant was granted and after further search, 1,948 glassines of heroin were found together with packing materials and equipment.

Giardina faces charges including criminal possession of a controlled substance of an amount greater than eight ounces, criminal possession of a controlled substance of methamphetamine, intent to sell a criminal possession of a controlled substance and criminal possession of marijuana.

 

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64-year-old man killed in LIC hit-and-run


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Updated 9:49 p.m.

A 64-year-old man has died from injuries after a hit-and-run in Long Island City Friday night.

The NYPD responded to a 9-1-1 call at 10:25 p.m. Friday of a pedestrian struck on Northern Boulevard and 40th Road. There officers found Kumar Ragunath,64, unconscious and unresponsive with severe head trauma and a broken leg. He was then transported to Elmhurst Hospital where he later died from his injuries.

The victim was allegedly struck by a black or dark colored Chevy Blazer which was traveling in the right lane going westbound on Northern Boulevard, according to police. The car then struck the victim as he was trying to cross Northern Boulevard outside of any marked crosswalk.

The vehicle then fled the scene westbound on Northern Boulevard, said police. There are no arrests at this time and the case is being investigated by the NYPD’s Highway Patrol Collision Investigation Squad.

 

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Queens precinct ramps up speeding enforcement to meet ‘Vision Zero’


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Lead-footed drivers in the 111th Precinct will have to ease up on the gas soon or get a ticket.

The precinct plans to ramp up speeding enforcement and make sure motorists yield to pedestrians, Deputy Inspector Jason Huerta said.

The push is part of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s “Vision Zero” initiative, which aims to reduce traffic fatalities to zero within the next 10 years. De Blasio’s plan also calls for a reduction in the citywide speed limit from 30 to 25 mph and stiffer penalties on reckless taxi and livery drivers.

Speeding and failing to yield make up 70 percent of pedestrian fatalities in the city, NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton said.

Officers will be closely eyeing major area intersections like Northern and Bell Blvds. and Springfield Blvd. and Horace Harding Expwy., Huerta said.

The 111th Precinct  covers Bayside, Douglaston, Little Neck, Auburndale, Hollis Hills and Fresh Meadows. It is one of many citywide precincts to beef up traffic enforcement in order to reach the mayor’s goals.

There have been no pedestrian deaths within the precinct this year, Huerta said.

However, a 2-year-old boy was hit by a car Monday afternoon in Auburndale after he darted onto 196th St. near Northern Blvd., police said, though he is expected to recover.

“They think the child is going to pull through,” Huerta said. “Obviously, it’s a tragedy.”

 

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Honda Accords, Nissan Maximas targets of tire and rim thefts: 102nd Precinct


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In the past two to three months, police from the 102nd Precinct, representing Kew Gardens, Richmond Hill, Woodhaven and north Ozone Park,  have seen an increase in rims and tires being stolen from late model Honda Accords and Nissan Maximas.

In high-theft areas, cops said to etch the Vehicle Identification Number on windows, doors, fenders and trunk lids to make it difficult for thieves to market any stolen car parts.

Cops advise drivers to always roll up windows and lock the car, no matter where it is parked, and also remove valuables and GPS mounts. They also recommend parking in front of houses that have cameras.

For more information, contact Crime Prevention Officer Quwella Brown, quwella.brown@nypd.org or 718-805-3217.

 

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South Queens precinct sees increase in green dot scam


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The 102nd Precinct has seen a rise in a new green dot scam that is costing people thousands of dollars.

Scammers are calling up potential victims, pretending to be from a government agency such as the IRS, INS or a utility company and are telling residents they owe a certain amount of money, police said.

The victim is then told if they don’t pay the money within a certain amount of time, they will be arrested or deported. The scammer instructs the victim to purchase a reloadable debit card, such as a Green Dot MoneyPak, and provide him or her with the transaction numbers located on the back of the card.

Police said true utility companies and government agencies would not contact you demanding immediate payment via the Green Dot MoneyPak.

For more information, please contact 102nd Precinct Crime Prevention Officer Quwella Brown at quwella.brown@nypd.org or 718-805-3217.

 

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Police: Three suspected armed robbers tied to two other Queens crimes


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Photo courtesy of the NYPD

The three suspects wanted for robbing a Queens Village hair salon at gunpoint last week have been tied to two other store robberies in the borough, police said.

Last Saturday, the trio, each wielding a gun, forced clerks at a 22-06 Hempstead Ave. salon to the back of the store about 7:25 p.m., authorities said. They stole money, cell phones and hair products before fleeing.

Police said the suspects are also responsible for robbing two St. Albans delis, located two blocks from each other.

The first incident took place last Wednesday at 113-27 Farmers Blvd., while the second happened Sunday at 114-25 Farmers Blvd.

Both times, the suspects left with an undetermined amount of money, police said.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS (8477). 

 

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Cops seek suspect in armed Jamaica store robbery


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Police are looking for a man who robbed a Jamaica store at gunpoint last Wednesday.

The suspect, wearing a ski mask, whipped out a gun and forced a Mario’s 99 Cent Store employee to the ground, before taking $500 from his wallet and $50 from the counter, police said.

He entered the 108-10 Guy R. Brewer Blvd. store Jan. 29 about 5:30 a.m., emerging from a dark-colored SUV, according to authorities.

No other injuries were reported.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS (8477).

 

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