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Woman mugged outside Woodside bank: NYPD


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Police are have released the photo of a mugging suspect who they say nabbed a woman’s purse in broad daylight after she exited a Woodside bank last month.

The 24-year-old victim was leaving the Astoria Bank at 60-20 Woodside Ave. just after 4:30 p.m. on May 26 when the suspect ran up to her, pushed her to the ground and fled with her pocketbook, containing her identification, credit cards and an undetermined amount of money, authorities said.

The suspect, who goes by the first name “Eladio” is described as a Hispanic male in his early thirties, 5 feet 5 inches tall and 150 pounds.

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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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Robbers beat up man inside Jamaica basement


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Three men are wanted for allegedly roughing up and robbing a 24-year-old man in the basement of a Jamaica apartment building Wednesday afternoon.

According to authorities, the suspects — described as black males between 20 and 25 years of age — entered the structure at the corner of Jamaica Avenue and 172nd Street at 2:45 p.m. on June 17.

Reportedly, the crooks approached the victim in the basement and displayed firearms. Police said the perpetrators then used the weapons to repeatedly strike the victim before taking his keys and fleeing the scene.

Officers from the 103rd Precinct responded to the incident. The victim sustained minor injuries.

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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Man sought for attempted purse snatching inside Flushing apartment building


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo and video courtesy of NYPD

A woman fought off an attempted robber after he followed her inside her Flushing building and tried to steal her bag, cops said.

The 29-year-old victim was followed into the building just before 5 a.m. on Wednesday and once she was on the second floor, the suspect grabbed her purse, authorities said. While the woman fought with the suspect, he pushed her into wall, but was unable to take her bag. They continued to struggle until the suspect fled empty-handed.

The victim refused medical attention at the scene.

Police describe the suspect as a Hispanic male in his early 20s, standing 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighing 160 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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Alleged robber fatally shot by off-duty corrections officer in Ozone Park


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An off-duty New York State corrections officer shot and killed a man who allegedly tried to rob him and four other individuals on an Ozone Park street Saturday night, according to police.

The incident took place at about 10:30 p.m. in front of an auto body shop on Rockaway Boulevard near 95th Avenue.

Detectives determined that the suspect, whose identity was not immediately released, walked up to the group of five men, displayed a handgun and demanded the keys to their motorcycles.

According to published reports, a struggle ensued, during which the off-duty corrections officer shot the suspect in the head.

Officers from the 102nd Precinct and EMS units responded to the scene. Paramedics rushed the suspect to Jamaica Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

An investigation is ongoing.

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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.

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Suspect wanted for cellphone store robberies in Jamaica, Maspeth


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Photo/Video courtesy of NYPD

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.

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Teen robbery crew attacks pair at Parsons Boulevard station: NYPD


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Six teenagers targeted a pair of straphangers as they were at a Jamaica subway station last month, taking off with a cellphone after punching one of the 15-year-old victims in the face, police said.

The two male victims were on the mezzanine level of the Parsons Boulevard train station, located on Hillside Avenue, at about 10:40 a.m. on May 26 when the suspects — described as 15- to 17-year-old black males — approached them.

One of the suspects grabbed the phone from one of the victims and threw it the ground, according to authorities. Another robber punched the second victim in the face when he refused to hand over his phone.

The remaining suspects then held that victim while the others went through his pockets and took his phone.

Both victims refused medical attention at the scene.

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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Two wanted in violent robbery of elderly man in South Richmond Hill


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A pair of robbers assaulted a 73-year-old man as he was walking down a South Richmond Hill street before stealing his necklace and fleeing in an SUV, cops said.

The attack happened about 6 p.m. on May 20 along 125th Street near 107th Avenue.

According to police, the victim was walking down the roadway when two men approached him from behind, and punched him and pushed him to the ground. The duo then grabbed the chain from around his neck and ran down 125th Street toward 109th Avenue, where they escaped in a white SUV.

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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Suspect wanted in attempted robbery at Jamaica pizzeria


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo/Video courtesy of NYPD

Police are looking for a man wanted for an attempted robbery at a Little Caesars pizza shop in Jamaica.

On May 13 at about 8:45 p.m. the suspect entered the establishment located at 127-07 Merrick Blvd. and tried to take a 23-year-old victim’s purse but then fled without any property, cops said.

The suspect is described as a black man in his 40s, standing between 6 feet and 6 feet 2 inches tall, and with a large build. He was last seen wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt, lime green t-shirt, and dark pants.

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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Cops searching for armed robber who hit Flushing sandwich shop


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of NYPD

Police are looking for a man wanted for the armed robbery of a Subway restaurant in Flushing.

On May 12 at about 7:45 p.m., a man walked into the establishment located at 25-52 Francis Lewis Blvd., displayed a firearm and demanded money, according to cops.

The cashier obeyed and the suspect then fled with an undetermined amount of money. There were no injuries reported during this incident, police said.

The suspect is described as a white man in his early 40s, 5 foot 8 inches tall, and weighing 185 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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Cops searching for Jamaica robbery suspects


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Photo and video courtesy of NYPD

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


| lguerre@queenscourier.com

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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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In Glendale, 104th Precinct looks to improve on crime drop


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RIDGEWOOD TIMES/Photos by Kelly Marie Mancuso

BY KELLY MARIE MANCUSO

Crime numbers continue to plummet in the 104th Precinct, but the command is looking to do even better.

Capt. Mark Wachter, the 104th Precinct’s commanding officer, came to the precinct’s Community Council meeting on Tuesday at The Shops at Atlas Park in Glendale and reported a 26 percent reduction in overall crime in the past month. This included a significant downturn in domestic violence and felony assaults.

The precinct also experienced a 40 percent decrease in grand larcenies and stolen cars. Wachter credits crime prevention tactics, such as personalized home visits and spreading awareness about scams, with the large reduction.

In an effort to confront quality-of-life concerns, the 104th Precinct also held a successful undercover sting operation last Saturday to combat prostitution along Cypress Avenue and Starr Street on the Ridgewood/Bushwick border. According to Wachter, officers made six arrests and seized one vehicle for illicit activity.

“We put pressure on and basically make it go away,” he said. “We don’t want it to go somewhere else; we want it to go away.”

Despite these victories, burglaries remain an area of particular concern for the command. The Community Council’s Public Safety Committee and P.O. Eddie Collado of the precinct’s Crime Prevention Unit delivered a video presentation and discussion on home burglary prevention.

“The burglar is an opportunist,” Collado said. According to police, perpetrators often gain access to homes through unlocked rear windows, doors and fire escapes.

Collado urged residents to secure windows and doors with the proper locks and volunteered to conduct personalized home safety surveys upon appointment. He also asked that residents register their valuable items such as electronics and bicycles with the precinct’s Crime Prevention Unit. The items are marked with serial numbers that can potentially help identify and recover them if lost or stolen.

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P.O. Sean Paul Hynes was honored as Cop of the Month for apprehending a suspect wanted for robbing a Boar’s Head delivery truck driver at gunpoint on April 21 on Woodward Avenue at Woodbine Street in Ridgewood.

According to Wachter, Hynes and his fellow officers from the 104th Precinct’s Anti-Crime Unit were able to track the suspect and his getaway vehicle through the use of undisclosed computer resources. Within minutes of the robbery, Hynes was able to track the vehicle to a specific location in Brooklyn.

A brief foot pursuit ensued, after which the male suspect and his weapon were taken into custody.

“It’s one less gun on the street, but we can never measure how many victims the gun could have taken out,” Wachter said.

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Armed crook steals safe cash from Maspeth distributor


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Detectives are searching for the gun-toting suspect who pulled off a heist Monday at a Maspeth auto parts distributor.

Police said the robbery occurred at 5:30 p.m. inside World Pac Auto Parts located at 55-55 58th St., near 55th Drive.

According to authorities, the suspect — described as a Hispanic male standing 6 feet tall, weighing 200 pounds with a dark complexion and hazel eyes — walked into the business and displayed a black revolver.

The crook reportedly ordered three employees to open the safe. When they refused to comply with the request, the perpetrator fired a shot into the ground; no one was struck or injured, police said.

After he fired the warning shot, the employees complied with the crook’s request and opened the safe, according to the NYPD. The bandit then removed an unknown amount of cash and ordered the employees to hand over their wallets and cellphones.

Once the workers provided the suspect with their belongings, authorities said, the suspect ordered them to lie face down on the floor and count to 120, then made his getaway.

There were no injuries reported.

The bandit was last observed wearing a black hat, a gray shirt, black jeans and black sneakers.

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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Overall crime down from last year: 111th Precinct


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North Queens is experiencing a 16 percent drop in crime from last year, according to officers from the 111th Precinct.

Patrol Borough Queens North spans from Bayside to Ridgewood, and encompasses the 104th, 108th, 109th, 110th, 111th, 112th, 114th and 115th precincts.

In the 111th Precinct, overall crime is down 17.19 percent this year as of April 26. Officers reported 236 complaints so far for 2015, compared to 285 in 2014.

The biggest drops were found in the rates of grand larceny and robbery, which dropped 24.3 percent and 19 percent respectively. Although the overall robbery rates have gone down for the year, the 28-day robbery rate has held steady from last month, with five recorded both this month and the previous month.

Three of the recent robbery complaints took place in the last two weeks in the area around Benjamin Cardozo High School, where Queensborough Community College students reported stolen cellphones. Police do not have a specific suspect in mind and the investigation is still ongoing.

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