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Police looking for Flushing spa robber


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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A man held up a Flushing spa last week, getting away with hundreds in cash, police said.

The robbery occurred at the Jessica Holistic Spa on College Point Boulevard, near Maple Avenue, just before 7 a.m. on Feb. 19.

The suspect entered the spa, simulated that he had a gun and demanded money, authorities said. He then fled with $400 in cash.


Police have released video footage of the suspect and describe the man as black, 25 years old, about 5 feet 9 inches and 170 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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Police looking for pair in Rockaway robbery


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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They beat him for his Beats.

Police are searching for two suspects who attacked a man in the Rockaways before stealing his pricey headphones and electronic gadgets.

The pair approached the 33-year-old victim from behind at 5:25 p.m.on Feb. 4 inside of the Edgemere Houses on Beach Channel Drive and began kicking and punching him, authorities said. They then took his Samsung tablet, Beats headphones and Samsung cellphone before fleeing on foot.

The victim was taken to St. John’s Episcopal Hospital where he was treated for minor injuries and released.

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 arrested in violent Astoria robbery of elderly man


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A teary-eyed confession on an Astoria street corner has led to the arrest of a man in the violent robbery of an elderly deli customer earlier this week, authorities said.

Charles Piccolo, 37, has been charged with robbery and assault in the attack, according to police.

The 78-year-old victim, identified in media reports as Elias Bournias, was buying cigarettes from the front window of the store on 31st Street near Ditmars Boulevard at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday when he was robbed.

The suspect tossed Bournias to the ground, injuring the back of his head, before grabbing $430 from him, authorities said.

EMS took Bournias to Elmhurst Hospital, where he received five staples to his head.

The suspect saw Bournias with the large wad of cash just before robbing him, authorities said. Bournias told WABC he should have been more careful about concealing his money, but never expected to be attacked.

“I didn’t expect at 10 o’clock in the morning, on busy street with cops all the time,” he said. “I didn’t expect it, that’s why I was careless. I wasn’t careful.”

The day after the attack, police released surveillance footage of the robbery.


Police said after reviewing the video, they believed the suspect was Piccolo, who has been arrested three times in the past year for drug possession within their same precinct.

After keeping a look out for Piccolo, they spotted him about 6:40 p.m. Thursday night at the corner of 35th Street and Astoria Boulevard, not far from the site of the crime. When they approached him, he began to cry and admitted to robbing the victim.

According to the district attorney’s office, at the time his arrest, police allegedly recovered a gravity knife from his pants pocket and he was also charged with criminal possession of a weapon.

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Whitestone Pharmacy robbed at gunpoint in drug theft


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Police are searching for the gun-wielding thug who held up the Whitestone Pharmacy on Feb. 6, forcing the employees into a bathroom while he looted the shelves of hundreds of dollars’ worth of pain medication.

The thief wore a scarf over his face and a dark hoodie sweater during the holdup. But instead of grabbing cash from the pharmacy register, he went right for the shelves and snatched $600 worth of an opiate called Fentanyl, police said.

The drug is sold in patches — like a nicotine patch — and is prescribed to people with chronic pain and for pain management.

Like morphine or other opiates, Fentanyl is a high-strength painkiller that is often abused by people addicted to opiates.

Among Fentanyl’s legitimate purposes is treatment of cancer patients, who have built up a tolerance to morphine as a painkiller.

The man fled on foot from the 14th Avenue store without taking any cash. Police describe the suspect as 5 feet 9 inches tall and 165 pounds, and said the investigation is ongoing.

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Phony cop wanted in Queens livery cab robberies


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A fake cop robbed livery cab drivers seven times this month after they picked him up at John F. Kennedy Airport, police said.

The phony officer tells the driver he is a Queens policeman while waving a gun and demanding property, authorities said. He then flees the vehicle just north of the airport, around the Jamaica or Springfield Garden areas.


During the incidents, which occurred between Feb. 2 and Feb. 9, the suspect stole credit cards, cellphones, a GPS device and a total of $960 in cash.

Police describe the suspect as black and about 5 feet 10 inches tall and 160 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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Man flashes ‘Islam’ tattoo at store clerk during Jamaica robbery


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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A robber with an “Islam” tattoo on his chest allegedly used his religion to try to convince a Jamaica store clerk to not call the cops, according to published reports.

“We are both Muslim. We are supposed to support each other,” the suspect said to the clerk during the Dec. 4 holdup at 111 Wireless and More at 111-02 Merrick Blvd., reports said.

The suspect entered the store about 6:35 p.m., took out a gun and demanded money from the worker, police said. The clerk then handed over $780, but the suspect reportedly wanted more cash and phones.

When the clerk said he didn’t have the goods, the suspect said as Muslims they were “supposed to support each other,” reports said.

Surveillance photos released by police show the suspect displaying his “Islam” tattoo to show the employee he is a Muslim.

“Please don’t call the police and report me,” he then said before shaking hands with the clerk.

Police describe the suspect as 35 years old, 6 feet tall and 220 lbs. He has dark braids and was wearing a black beret, green jacket, camouflage pants 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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Man shot in Richmond Hill robbery: NYPD


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A robber shot a man in Richmond Hill earlier this week before jumping into a getaway car with his accomplice and taking off with the victim’s necklace, cops said.

Two men exited a silver-colored vehicle parked near 129th Street and Atlantic Avenue about 3:15 a.m. on Monday, came up to the victim and said, “Give it up,” according to police. One of the suspects then snatched a chain from the victim’s neck, took out a semiautomatic handgun and fired, striking the victim three times in the chest and leg.

The suspects then ran back to the waiting car, where a third man was in the driver’s seat, and they drove off southbound along 129th Street, police said.

The victim was taken to Jamaica Hospital in stable condition.

Police have released video footage of the suspects and describe them as black men in their mid-20s, about 6 feet tall and 170 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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Teens robbed at Astoria McDonald’s: NYPD


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Two young robbers, still hungry for more money, returned to an Astoria McDonald’s just after robbing one teen so they could steal from another customer, police said.

The victims, a pair of 17-year-old boys, were inside the 22-50 31st St. fast-food restaurant about 3:55 p.m. on Monday when the two suspects came up to them, cops said.

The suspects, who are also believed to be teenage boys, told one of the victims to empty his pockets, police said. He did what he was told and handed them an undetermined amount of money.

Immediately after leaving the McDonald’s the two suspects returned to rob the other 17-year-old. They ordered the boy to empty his pockets and he handed over an undetermined amount of money and his iPhone 5, police said. The suspects then left the eatery, with the victim chasing after them.

When he caught up with the two robbers and asked for his property back, they threatened to beat him with a brick and the victim fled.

Police have released a video of the suspects leaving the McDonald’s. The first suspect is described as white, 16 years old, 5 feet 6 inches tall, 145 pounds and was wearing a mask. The second suspect is black, 16 years old, 5 feet 5 inches tall and 135 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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Two women wanted in Astoria street robbery


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Police are searching for two women who they say robbed a 44-year-old woman last month in Astoria.

On Dec. 2 at 12 p.m., the victim was walking near 44th Street and 31st Avenue when the two suspects came up from behind the woman and pushed her to the ground, cops said. They then snatched her purse, containing the woman’s credit cards and keys, and took off.

The victim was transported to Elmhurst Hospital for cuts on her head.

Police described the suspects as Hispanic.

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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Teens charged after assaulting Elmhurst store owner, wife during robbery: NYPD


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Two teens brandishing what appeared to be guns walked into an Elmhurst electronics store on Tuesday and attacked the owner and his wife while robbing the place, police said.

The teenage thieves, Alex Diaz, 15, of Brooklyn, and Ronald Espinoza, 14, of Queens, walked into JC Electronics on Grand Avenue at 4 p.m. and said they were going to rob the store, cops said. Both boys, who were carrying air pistols, then went behind the counter where the owner, a 38-year-old man was, and started struggling with him.

Diaz and Espinoza then began to strike the owner in the head with their pistols and tried to cut him with a knife, according to police. When the owner’s wife tried to help him, she was also assaulted.

Their daughter, in the meantime, had fled to the basement and called 911.

The teens took $468 from the register and cellphones that were being repaired in the store, cops said. They then fled toward the subway station at Queens Boulevard, with the owner chasing them.

A passerby, who saw the fleeing suspects and the owner running after them, directed responding officers to the subway station and the pair was apprehended. Police found three air pistols, a gravity knife and the stolen goods on the teens.

The owner and his wife were taken to Elmhurst Hospital, where they were treated for lacerations to their heads and faces, and released, police said.

Diaz and Espinoza were both charged with robbery, assault, criminal use of a firearm, criminal possession of a weapon and criminal possession of stolen property.

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Man pistol-whipped during LIC robbery: cops


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Police are looking for three men and one woman who they say pistol-whipped a man before robbing him in Long Island City this past summer.

The 22-year-old man was exiting an apartment on 12th Street about 2:30 a.m. on June 28 when the four suspects surrounded him and demanded his property, cops said. Two of the male suspects took out guns, and one of them pistol-whipped the victim. The suspects then stole the man’s jewelry, including a black and gold G-Shock watch, an Apple iPhone and credit cards.

The victim suffered fractured a bone in his face during the attack and was treated at an area hospital, police said.

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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Sword-carrying man commits robbery at Kew Gardens pet store: NYPD


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A man used a large sword to rob an employee at a Kew Gardens pet store, police said.

The suspect entered the store, Petland Discounts, on 126th Street near Metropolitan Avenue, just after 5 p.m. on Dec. 13, cops said. Once inside, he demanded the employee’s cash and cell phone, while displaying the sword. The suspect then fled with about $400 and a Samsung phone.

Police have released video footage of the suspect from inside the store, and describe the man as Hispanic, 5 feet 7 inches tall and 150 pounds. He was last seen wearing a tan jacket, baseball hat 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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Police nab second suspect in ATM robbery of Sunnyside man


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Just days after the first suspect in the robbery of an elderly Sunnyside man was arrested, a second person has been caught, according to police.

Terrel Blanding, 27, of the Bronx, has been charged in the Oct. 26 incident at a Chase Bank at 46-10 Queens Blvd., authorities said.

Two men approached the victim, William Eichhorn, 81, after he withdrew money from the bank’s ATM about 9:23 a.m. that day. The pair then punched Eichhorn in the face and stole $100 in cash and a debit card before fleeing, police said. Surveillance footage shows the suspects following Eichhorn, who is legally blind, inside the bank that Sunday morning.

On Wednesday, police said they had arrested the other suspect, 29-year-old Thomas Fullwood, who shares the same Bronx building address as Blanding. It was not immediately clear if the two were roommates.

They have both been charged with two counts of robbery.

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Ridgewood man gets 16-year prison sentence for pizza delivery robbery


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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A Ridgewood man was sentenced Wednesday to 16 years in prison after pleading guilty to beating a pizza deliveryman with a baseball bat and stealing his cash and scooter in Jackson Heights, District Attorney Richard Brown said.

Anardo Batista, 26, of 30-04 92nd St., pleaded guilty to first-degree robbery on Sept. 3, before Queens Supreme Court Justice Gregory Lasak, who handed down the sentence that also includes five years of supervision after his release from prison.

“The defendant has plead guilty and has now been sentenced to a significant amount of time behind bars. The public can rest assured that the defendant is no longer a danger to society,” Brown said.

Batista and co-defendant Jorge Paret attacked Victor Mehia, who was delivering a pizza to a 31st Avenue address in Jackson Heights in 2010. The victim was struck with a baseball bat and had both cash and his scooter taken by the pair.

Paret was sentenced on Sept. 13 to 14 years in prison and five years’ post-release supervision, after pleading guilty to first-degree robbery.

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Police looking for suspect in Woodhaven home invasion


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A robber broke into a Woodhaven house, threatened the homeowner with a wrench, then tried to use his stolen debit card, cops said.

The suspect forced his way into the 90th Avenue home through the basement door about 8:30 a.m. on Monday, according to police. He showed a wrench that he was holding to the 69-year-old man and took $20 in cash, a debit card and a cellphone from him.

He then attempted to withdraw money from the victim’s account three separate times, but failed, cops said.

Police have released video footage of the suspect, taken at one of the ATMs, and describe him as about 40 years old and 5 feet 10 inches tall.

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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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