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Far Rockaway man arraigned in killing of rival dollar van driver: DA

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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A Far Rockaway man is facing a possible life sentence after gunning down a rival dollar van driver in broad daylight and tampering with evidence earlier this week, the district attorney’s office said.

Fabian Sullivan, 38, was arraigned Thursday night on charges of second-degree murder, second-degree criminal possession of a weapon and tampering with physical evidence. He was ordered held without bail. If convicted, he faces up to 25 years to life in prison.

Sullivan, an unlicensed livery driver, got into an argument with the victim, 38-year-old Leon Brown on Tuesday morning, according to prosecutors. He then allegedly used his vehicle to cut off Brown’s Ford Ecoline van near the intersection of Rockaway Beach Boulevard and Beach 81st Street before getting out of his vehicle and firing a single shot.

Brown, a Far Rockaway resident, suffered a gunshot wound to the chest and his van rolled into a parked car. He was taken to St. John’s Episcopal Hospital, where he died.

Sullivan, according to District Attorney Richard Brown, fled the scene and was apprehended after he gave a bag containing bullets from the murder weapon to his sister-in-law, Hind Chokary.

Chokary, 27, of St. Albans, Queens, was arraigned Thursday night on a tampering with physical evidence charge and released on her own recognizance. If convicted, she faces up to four years in prison.


Livery van driver shot and killed in the Rockaways

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com


Updated 4:41 p.m.

Police are investigating the fatal shooting of a livery van driver in the Rockaways early Tuesday morning, reports said.

The victim, 38-year-old Leon Brown, of Far Rockaway, was found with a gunshot wound to the torso at Rockaway Beach Boulevard and Beach 81st Street just after 8 a.m., according to police. He was taken to St. John’s Episcopal Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

According to published reports, Brown was operating his livery van when he got into a dispute and was shot by a driver in another van. Police are still looking for the gunman.


Queen’s Morning Roundup

| lguerre@queenscourier.com

Boy, 14, drowns

A Queens teen drowned in the treacherous waters off Far Rockaway yesterday after going to the beach with pals and jumping in the ocean to celebrate the last day of classes. One buddy tried desperately to save 14 year-old Akeem Craig after he was carried out by a wave — and is haunted by being unable to do so. Read more: [New York Post]

Elmhurst Woman Fatally Stabbed

Police are investigating the Monday night stabbing death of a woman in Elmhurst, Queens. Investigators responded to a 911 call at an apartment building on Hampton Street shortly before 9 p.m. Monday. Read more: [NY1]

Plan to extend natural gas pipeline through Rockaways get chilly reception

A plan to extend an underwater natural gas pipeline beneath a national park in the Rockaways is getting a chilly reception from environmentalists. An informational meeting on the $265 million Rockaway Delivery Lateral Project is slated for Wednesday in Rockaway Park. Read more: [New York Daily News]

Bloody killer went to bodega for 2 beers and then came back to buy Band-Aids, worker says

A callous killer who bought a couple of beers after murdering his girlfriend, circled back for Band-Aids, a Queens bodega worker said. Shawqi Algahim, 33, was behind the counter shortly before 9 p.m. Monday at Jazmina Grocery on Hampton St. in Elmhurst when a man covered in gore paid for two cans of Coors Light. Read more: [New York Daily News]

New Caribbean Cultural Exhibit Spans Three City Museums

The new exhibit “Caribbean: Crossroads Of The World,” which is being presented at three city museums, is bringing four centuries of Caribbean history and culture to New Yorkers. The exhibit, which is being shown at the El Museo del Barrio in East Harlem, the Queens Museum of Art and the Studio Museum in Harlem, features 500 works of Caribbean art. Read more: [NY1]

Cops bust man in alleged Queens rape

Police captured a sicko wanted for raping a woman in Queens, authorities said. Samuel Doctor, 22, allegedly approached the 64-year-old victim in Rockaway Beach about 5:30 a.m. Sunday, cops said. He is accused of forcing her to the ground at the corner of Rockaway Beach Boulevard and Beach 91st Street, and raping her, authorities said. Read more: [New York Post]