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Suspect wanted in attempted robbery at Jamaica pizzeria


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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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


| asuriel@queenscourier.com

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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


| 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.

RIDGEWOOD TIMES/Photo by Kelly Marie Mancuso

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


| rpozarycki@queenscourier.com

Sketch courtesy of NYPD

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


| asuriel@queenscourier.com

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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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Suspect wanted in gunpoint robbery at Astoria cellphone store


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Police are looking for a man who robbed an Astoria cellphone store last week at gunpoint and then fled in a black Audi.

On April 17 at about 3:55 p.m., the unidentified suspect entered the T-Mobile store at 31-05 36th Ave. and displayed a firearm, according to authorities. He then demanded an employee fill a duffel bag with various boxed cellphones and he also took about $200 from the cash register.

The man then fled the store in a black Audi. No injuries were reported in the incident.


Police have released surveillance video and a photo of the suspect.

The suspect is described as a black man, about 35 years old, 6 feet tall, 275 pounds, and with black hair. He was last seen wearing a brown hooded sweatshirt, black sneakers and blue jeans.

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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Four sought in Flushing massage parlor assault, attempted robbery


| ctumola@queenscourier.com

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A group of men walked into a Flushing massage parlor last month and punched a man repeatedly in a failed robbery, cops said.

The incident happened at 135-28 40th Rd., near Main Street just after 11 p.m. on March 29.

After entering the massage parlor and heading to the second floor, the four suspects came up to the 48-year-old victim and tried to take his iPhone 6 from his front jacket pocket, police said. They then punched the victim several times, causing a laceration to the left side of his face.

The suspects fled on foot in an unknown direction without the victim’s property, cops said.

The victim was taken to Flushing Hospital, where he was treated for his 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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Robbery suspect caught on video during dramatic holdup at Springfield Gardens Subway restaurant


| ctumola@queenscourier.com

Video courtesy of NYPD

Police have released video footage of a March stickup at a Springfield Gardens Subway restaurant showing an employee struggling with the armed robber who, along with a partner, is wanted for two other heists.

The pair are accused of first robbing a Subway restaurant at 127-02 Merrick Blvd. in Jamaica on Jan. 1 at about 9:20 p.m., authorities said. After entering the eatery, the first suspect put a gun to one victim’s head and demanded money while the second suspect held another victim to the floor.

The suspects, who were wearing masks and dark clothing, then took about $500 before fleeing on foot southbound on 127th Avenue.

On Jan. 3, at about 10 p.m., they targeted a Fresh Meadows gas station at 181-05 Horace Harding Expy., according to police. The two suspects entered the business wearing masks, gloves and dark clothing, and displayed a silver firearm before taking around $500.

In the latest incident, on March 17, at about 10 p.m., an unknown number of suspects who were wearing masks, gloves and black hooded jackets came into a Springfield Gardens Subway restaurant, located at 219-25 North Conduit Ave., displayed a dark gray handgun and demanded that safe be opened, police said.

As video footage released by the NYPD shows, one of the suspects briefly struggled with an employee over his gun. The suspects then fled on foot eastbound on North Conduit Avenue.

No injuries were reported to police in any of the incidents.

The suspects are described as two black men, between 5 feet 9 inches to 6 feet 2 inches tall and weighing between 190 to 230 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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Bandits behind armed robbery at Jamaica bodega still at large


| rpozarycki@queenscourier.com

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Police continue to search for two men who robbed a Jamaica grocery store at gunpoint last week.

The heist happened at 3 p.m. on April 7 inside the Stop 1 bodega located at 137-38 Jamaica Ave., authorities said.

According to police, one of the two suspects displayed a black firearm upon entering the business and demanded cash from a store clerk. Both suspects then walked behind the counter, grabbed more than $500 in cash and fled the scene in an unknown direction.


The NYPD described the gun-toting crook as a 30-year-old black male standing 5 foot 9 inches tall, weighing 180 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes.

His accomplice was described by police as a black male last seen wearing a New York Yankees baseball cap, a dark jacket and blue jeans.

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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Pair sought in Queens police impersonation robberies


| agiudice@ridgewoodtimes.com

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A phony cop is stopping people on the streets of Queens before robbing them and jumping into a getaway car, authorities said.

Police have released video footage of the fake officer in the act and say he has robbed six separate victims between October and March in Middle Village, Woodside, Elmhurst and Corona.

All of the victims were traveling on foot when they were stopped by the suspect described as Hispanic or white, about 30 to 40 years old and with a heavy build, authorities said. He then searched the victim and removed property from them before fleeing with a second suspect who was waiting in a black Lincoln Town Car or dark van, police said.

The two suspects are wanted in the following incidents:

  • On Oct. 29, at about 1:30 a.m., at the corner of 82nd Street and Furmanville Avenue, $80 was taken from a 21-year-old man.
  • On Nov. 27, at about 1:30 a.m., at the corner of James Avenue and 88th Street, a 40-year-old man’s wallet containing a debit card was taken.
  • On Dec. 11, at about 12:50 a.m. in front of 39-66 65th St., a 39-year-old man’s wallet containing $17 was taken.
  • On Feb. 14, at about 4:45 a.m. in front of 102-26 45th Ave., a 37-year-old man’s wallet containing a debit card and a cellphone were taken.
  • On Feb. 26, at about 12:30 a.m. in front of 49-07 103rd St., a 33-year-old man’s wallet containing $650 and debit and credit cards were taken.
  • On March 15, at about 5:30 a.m. at the corner of 102nd Street and 45th Avenue, a 45-year-old man’s wallet containing $480 was taken.

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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Jamaica man convicted in shooting death of newlywed during 2011 robbery


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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A 23-year-old Jamaica man was found guilty this week for his role in the deadly shooting and robbery of a young woman as she was walking home with her new husband in Hollis four years ago, prosecutors said.

Rohan R. Hankerson was convicted Wednesday of one count of second-degree murder, one count of first-degree robbery, two counts of second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, two counts of fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property and eight counts of fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property, according to the Queens District Attorney’s office.

According to trial testimony, Rabia Mohammed, 23, and her husband of five months were walking on 204th Street near 93rd Avenue just after 8:30 p.m. on March 13, 2011, when Hankerson’s alleged accomplices — Ian R. Green, Tiyquon Hodges and Corey Brown — came up behind the couple.

Two of those men allegedly threw Mohammed’s husband to the ground and one said to her, “Give me the bag.” Brown struggled with the woman for her purse, and when she screamed Green pulled out a gun and fatally shot her in the chest. Hankerson was the getaway driver for the group, according to prosecutors.

In May 2013, Green, 21, of Queens, pleaded guilty to one count of first-degree manslaughter, four counts of first-degree robbery (for his involvement in four other robberies that occurred between March 4, 2011, and March 17, 2011) and one count of second-degree criminal possession of a weapon and first-degree manslaughter, according to the district attorney’s office. He was sentenced to 25 years in prison.

Brown, 21, of Brooklyn, pleaded guilty to first-degree robbery in March 2014 and was sentenced to 23 years in prison. Hodges, 20, of Jamaica, is currently awaiting trial on second-degree murder and other charges for his alleged involvement in the shooting incident.

Hankerson’s sentencing is set for May 6. He faces up to 49 years to life in prison.

“His actions have caused a great deal of pain and inconsolable loss to the victim’s husband and family,” District Attorney Richard Brown said. “ As such, the imposition of a lengthy prison sentence is more than warranted.”

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Suspect robs Hilton near JFK: NYPD


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Police are looking for a man who is suspected of stealing $500 from a Hilton Garden Inn near JFK Airport Monday night.

The robbery occurred at a hotel at 148-18 134th St., near S. Conduit Avenue in Jamaica, at about 6:50 p.m.

The suspect entered the Hilton and showed a note to the front desk employee demanding cash. He then took $500 before fleeing in an unknown direction, police said.

Authorities described the suspect as a black man, about 25 to 35 years old, standing between 5 feet 6 inches and 5 feet 8 inches tall, with a medium build.

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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Tumbling crime numbers top 108th Precinct Council meeting in Sunnyside


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TIMES NEWSWEEKLY/Photo by Kelly Marie Mancuso

BY KELLY MARIE MANCUSO

Crime plunged in the 108th Precinct over the last four weeks, the force’s commanding officer reported during Tuesday’s 108th Precinct Community Council meeting at Sunnyside Community Services.

Capt. John Travaglia said that the precinct, which covers all or parts of Long Island City, Maspeth, Sunnyside and Woodside, recorded a 28 percent drop in major crimes in the last 28 days. The plunge included a 50 percent fall in robberies, an 11 percent decrease in burglaries and a 46 percent drop in grand larcenies.

Continuing the positive news, Travaglia said the precinct recorded no incidents of rape, homicide or auto accident fatalities so far this year.

“Our numbers reflect how safe of a community we live in,” Travaglia said. “This is a wonderful place and the statistics don’t lie.”

Travaglia did, however, caution residents about preventing burglaries during the coming spring and summer months.

“As the weather gets warmer, we tend to leave our windows open to let the nice breeze into our homes,” he said, “but when you leave your home, remember to shut those windows and lock them.  These are crimes of opportunity, and we want to make sure we take that opportunity away.”

Travaglia and the council honored one officer in particular for his efforts to fight crime. P.O. John Miszuk of the precinct’s Anti-Crime Team received the Cop of the Month Award for apprehending a violent robbery suspect earlier in the month.

At 10:30 p.m. on March 21, 108th Precinct officers responded to a 911 call regarding a robbery in progress in the vicinity of 47th Avenue and 46th Street. According to Travaglia, the suspect approached his male victim from behind with a knife, demanding cash and belongings. After a brief struggle, the victim’s face and hand were slashed and the perp fled on foot.

The victim surrendered some personal property, but managed to hold on to his cellphone and call the police. Travaglia spoke with the victim over the phone and tried to get a description of the perp, as well as the victim’s location. Miszuk and his team combed the area searching for the suspect based on the description given to 911.

Miszuk apprehended the suspect a few blocks away from the crime scene, while Travaglia was still on the phone with the victim. The suspect was allegedly found in possession of a knife, as well as crack cocaine and a crack pipe.

Travaglia and Precinct Council President Diane Ballek presented Miszuk with a plaque donated by the Ridgewood Times and Times Newsweekly.

The Precinct Council also welcomed Marissa Beckett from the Mayor’s Office to Combat Domestic Violence (OCDV). Beckett announced the creation and expansion of several programs aimed at helping victims of domestic assault at Family Justice Centers in each borough.

“Domestic Violence is a pattern of power and control,” she explained. “It can begin as threats and can escalate to physical abuse.”

Some of the programs offered at the Queens Family Justice Center, located at 126-02 82nd Ave. in Kew Gardens, include Safe Horizon, ESL classes, parenting programs and the Healthy Relationship Training Academy aimed at preventing cyber bullying and dating violence among teens. Help is available to all regardless of their language or immigration status.

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