Tag Archives: Sexual Assault

Man posed as a cop during sexual assault


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RMA# 1293-11 Robbery Group 51 109 pct 11-20-11

The New York Police Department is asking for the public’s assistance in identifying and locating the individuals wanted in connection with a sexual assault and robbery.

On Sunday, November 20 at approximately 10:30 p.m., one female victim was posting flyers when she was approached on the street by a burgundy-colored van or SUV with four individuals inside. One suspect — described as a Hispanic male — displayed a business card with a police logo, then told the victim it was illegal to post flyers and asked for her identification, according to police.

Cops said when the victim said she did not have her identification with her, the suspect had her enter the vehicle and drove her to her residence to retrieve it.

Meanwhile, in the rear of the vehicle, police say, there were two additional individuals — one male and one female. The suspect then accompanied the victim to her apartment where she produced her identification. After taking it, the suspect forced her to undress, at which time he sexually assaulted the victim and exposed himself to her, said police.

The victim then fled to a neighbor’s apartment, while the suspect fled the location with the victim’s laptop and house keys.
Anyone with information regarding this incident or the identity and whereabouts of the suspect is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS (8477).

Teen’s Alleged Assaulter Pretended To Be A Police Officer


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Teen’s Alleged Assaulter Pretended To Be A Police Officer

Police were searching late Tuesday for a man who allegedly pretended to be a police officer and sexually assaulted a teenage boy he met in a subway station in Sunset Park, Brooklyn last week. Investigators say the man approached a 15-year-old boy at the 53rd Street and Fourth Avenue station around 9:30 a.m. Friday, after the teen threw an empty bag of potato chips on the ground. Authorities said the teen claimed the man displayed what looked like a police shield and told the boy to get into his white van. They say the suspect drove to 92nd Street and Dahlgren Place in Bay Ridge, where he sexually assaulted the boy. Read More: NY1

The mistakes that took 5 lives

Two fatal mistakes may have cost the lives of the three little girls and their grandparents who died Christmas morning when a century-old Victorian mansion went up in flames and turned into a death trap. Fire marshals in Stamford, Connecticut, said the owner’s boyfriend, contractor Michael Borcino, put still-smoldering embers from a yule log into some kind of a bag — and then left it leaning against an outside rear wall of the $1.7 million house. The marshals said the embers had not been doused with water. On the other side of the wall was a mud room. Read More: New York Post

Flushing neighborhood mourns closing of Palace Diner, a local mainstay since 1976

The Palace Diner, a Flushing mainstay that served as a cozy gathering place for local residents and politicians alike, is shutting its doors for good on Friday. “I’ve had a good run, it’s time,” said owner George Mantzikos. “I’ve been fortunate to have good customers and good employees.” The diner, known for its Greek specialties, fresh fish and chops, will be replaced by an “upscale Chinese restaurant,” he said. Read More: Daily News

Ozone Park unites for fallen officer Peter Figoski

In light of the fact that four of the five men nabbed as suspects in the tragic, shooting death of fallen officer Peter Figoski are from Ozone Park, elected officials and residents of the community banded together to raise money and spirits for Figoski’s family. “We wanted to do something in this community to show that those criminals are not a reflection of the people in this neighborhood. There are good, solid people in this community,” said Matt Turner of the Make a Difference Christmas Effort. The Make a Difference Christmas Effort — which hosted a benefit on December 22 at St. Mary Gate of Heaven School — raised $5,000 for the wife and four daughters Figoski leaves behind. Read More: Queens Courier

Rent-stabilized Jamaica tenants sue landlord;  they say he boosted rents to force  them out  

More than 40 longtime Jamaica tenants are suing their landlord for charging them large lump sums for building improvements they claim were never adequately made, in an effort to force them out of their homes. Residents of 90-36 149th Street, which is owned by Zara Realty Holding Corp., said their rent shot up thousands of dollars this year after the state approved a hike for rent-stabilized tenants. It was granted because Zara claimed to have installed a new roof and repaired the building’s brick exterior. But landlords are only allowed to raise rents 6 percent annually for rent-stabilized tenants, according to the tenants’ lawyers — not ask for one bulk payment. Read More: Daily News

Group wants to preserve ‘historic’ Elmhurst library

Over 106 years, some structures become staples of their communities. This is the sentiment one Elmhurst civic association has expressed regarding the neighborhood’s historic library, which is set to be torn down and replaced with a larger, more modern facility. Members of the Newtown Civic Association are puzzled by Queens Library’s decision to destroy the community “landmark,” which opened in 1906 and is one of the last remaining libraries built with funding from philanthropist Andrew Carnegie. Read More: Queens Courier

[Watch] Queens rape suspect caught on camera


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1244-11 QSV Pattern #9 12-07-11 Incident sketch

A serial southeast Queens rapist was caught on camera as he attempted his third sexual assault in two months.

The video, released today by police, shows the suspect approaching the victim from behind and grabbing her around the neck.  The suspect placed a sharp object to the victim’s back before dragging her behind a house where he attempted to rape her, police say. The incident took place Wednesday, December 7 at 2 a.m. near 154th Street.

Police are eyeing the suspect in two other rapes in southeast Queens — one on October 13, when a 20-year-old woman was grabbed near Merrick Boulevard and raped behind a dumpster and another on November 15 near 142nd Street, according to police.

The suspect is described by police as a black male between 25-30 years of age, 5-feet-5-inches tall, weighing 220 pounds.  He was last seen wearing a hooded sweatshirt and a white and blue striped scarf.

Anyone with information in regards to any of these incidents is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers Website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or texting their tips to 274637(CRIMES) then enter TIP577.

Police on the lookout for South Richmond Hill rape suspect


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RMA#1241-11 Rape QSV 106 pct 12-8-11

Police are requesting the public’s assistance in locating a South Richmond Hill rape suspect.

On Thursday, November 24 at approximately 5:15 a.m. the suspect sexually assaulted a victim in the vicinity of 117th Street and Liberty Avenue, according to police.

The suspect is described as a 23-year-old Hispanic male, standing 5-feet-8-inches tall weighing 165-pounds.

Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call Crime stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime stoppers website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.

Police arrest sexual assault suspect


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Police arrested a suspect wanted for several recent sexual attacks after he was fingered in multiple lineups, according to published reports.

Cops took a 15 year old into custody on Sunday, October 23 and arrested him hours later after he was picked out of multiple lineups, according to the New York Post. A source also tols the paper the teenager made confessions.

There have been five assaults over the past month, with the most recent attack coming on October 16 in Laurelton. Two other attacks also occurred in Rosedale and two more in Queens Village.

Queens’ Morning Roundup – 10/24/2011: 2-month old baby abandoned on Queens street


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The Round Up

2-month old baby abandoned on Queens street

Police say a 21-year-old mother is facing charges after authorities found her 2-month-old baby in a stroller on a Queens street. Authorities got a call about an infant crying shortly before 5 a.m. Saturday. They responded to 111th Avenue and found the boy, wrapped in a coat and blanket. He was taken to the hospital, where he was in stable condition. Read More: Wall Street Journal

 

Queens Sex Assault Suspect Caught On Surveillance Video

The NYPD released surveillance video of a suspect linked to five sexual assaults in Queens. The up-close image may provide the best shot at catching him. Queens South officers were out in force Saturday night, handing out flyers and warning residents of a sexual predator on the loose in Springfield Gardens, Laurelton, and Queens Village. Read More: CBS News

 

Family of slain groom Sean Bell attend first trial proceedings

Sean Bell’s family is expected at Police Headquarters Monday for the latest chapter in the explosive case: the first departmental trial for the cops involved in shooting him dead outside a strip club on his wedding day. Bell was killed on Nov. 25, 2006, in a barrage of 50 bullets that five cops fired into the car he was driving outside Club Kalua in Queens. The officers were under the mistaken impression that Bell, or one of his two passengers, had a gun. They began firing just after Bell struck one of the cops with his car. Read More: Daily News

 

Toy Gun Muggers Attack Real-Gun Officer

Four men tried to rob an off-duty police detective with a toy gun in New York City on Saturday, then scattered when he pulled a real weapon and started shooting. The detective was walking his dog in Queens at about 6:20pm Saturday evening when the four muggers walked up to him, held out the realistic-looking gun and tried to rob the cop, even after he identified himself, police said. The detective fired an unknown number of times, hitting one of the would-be robbers in the arm and chin and another in the foot. Read More: Fox News

 

Long Island City artist blending art and photography

Far away from the static realm of everyday photography lies the work of Rafael Octavio Gonzalez. The Long Island City-bred artist puts a luminescent spin on the lens – surrounding the viewer and bringing the past and present together in one intimate, yet all-encompassing, image. His images are currently being presented in an ongoing exhibition at Z Hotel in L.I.C. – steps away from where the artist grew up and developed his photographer’s sensibility. Read More: Queens Courier

Queens gripped by fear of gropers


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Women across Queens have been gripped by a fear of gropers.

For the past month, female residents of Sunnyside and Woodside have been looking over their shoulders for a predator on pedals.

The neighboring communities are the most recent areas to experience repeated sexual attacks on women by men on bicycles.

Beginning September 15, five women and one 12-year-old girl have reported being groped from behind by a man riding a black mountain bike. The pervert has been described as Hispanic and between the ages of 30 and 40.

Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer joined local elected officials on October 17 on 46th Street and Queens Boulevard in Sunnyside in order to alert the public of the predator’s existence.

“Sunnyside and Woodside are safe neighborhoods but one assault against women is one too many,” said Van Bramer. “We will track down this cowardly criminal and make sure he is punished and put away. We must be vigilant as a community as the 108th Precinct pursues leads in the case.”

The first attack occurred on the morning of September 15, and the most recent incident happened at 8 a.m. on October 7 on 39th Avenue and 46th Street. The suspect reportedly strikes in the same general vicinity, with incidents usually occurring only a few blocks apart, say police.

A full-scale investigation by the NYPD and 108th Precinct is already underway. Police are asking for the public’s assistance in catching the criminal, and a surveillance video, which was taken October 6 and depicts the suspect riding his bicycle down the street, has been released.

“The women of our community should not have to walk through our neighborhoods in fear of being attacked,” said Congressmember Joseph Crowley. “I urge everyone to take a good look at the surveillance tape and contact the authorities if you recognize the suspect, as well as report any suspicious activity.”

Other areas of Queens have also experienced repeated sexual assaults on women in recent months.

According to a law enforcement source, the 114th Precinct arrested a suspect on a bicycle on the morning of October 18 after he reportedly groped a woman at Broadway and 31st Street in Astoria. The police have included the suspect in three lineups to determine whether he is part of a larger pattern of sexual assaults, but have thus far been unable to link him to any other incidents, the source said.

“We must have zero tolerance for the recent rash of groping incidents in our neighborhoods,” said Senator Michael Gianaris, who has introduced legislation that would make the groping of a child a felony requiring mandatory jail time. “In addition to the passage of my bill that would increase penalties for gropers, we must band together as a community to keep our streets safe and free from sexual predators.”

This past summer, 45 women shared their experiences of being groped by male bicycle riders on a blog for Astoria residents. The posts drew the attention of Councilmember Peter Vallone Jr., who teamed with the 114th Precinct to investigate the incidents. Two suspects were eventually arrested and identified by multiple victims as their attackers.

“It concerns me very much,” said Anne Marie Culhane, an Astoria resident, referring to the gropings in her community last summer. “I have a 17-year-old daughter that walks around the neighborhood, so I’m scared for her more than myself. I told her she’s not allowed to walk around alone and if she sees anyone on a bike to go the other way. It’s scary because this guy can do it and you can’t stop him if he’s on a bike and you’re on foot.”

With incidents of sexual assault rising across the five boroughs, the police are on a city-wide groper hunt.

Joshua Flecha, a 32-year-old Astoria resident, was arrested in Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn on Monday, October 17 at 2:30 a.m. lurking down the street with his pants unzipped and a pornographic video playing on his cell phone.

Flecha, who was carrying marijuana at the time of his arrest, has been charged with forcible touching and sexual abuse after a woman identified him as the man who attacked her in the Seventh Avenue “F” train station on May 7. He was included in several lineups, but has not yet been charged in relation to any other incidents.

Queens’ Morning Roundup: 10/19/2011 – Robbers get tips from ‘The Town’


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The Round Up
Queens Robbers get tips from ‘The Town’

Police say a prolific burglary crew in New York City took cues from the bank heist drama “The Town.” Police say the burglars splashed bleach on ATMs and cash drawers to try to destroy DNA evidence. An NYPD spokesperson said Tuesday that the suspects told detectives they’d watched the bad guys in the Ben Affleck-directed film do the same thing. The real bandits are suspected in 62 burglaries at delis, discount stores and pizzerias in Brooklyn and Queens. Police say they made off with $217,000. Read More: Wall Street Journal

 

 

Mayor Bloomberg targeted in trial’s closing arguments

An attorney for the Queens political operative accused of stealing $1.1 million from Mayor Michael Bloomberg called New York City’s billionaire chief executive arrogant and duplicitous during closing arguments Tuesday. Read More: Wall Street Journal

 

 

China’s first lady visits Forest Hills Library

The first lady of the Republic of China, Madame Ma Chow Mei-Ching, visited the library, located at 108-19 71st Avenue, to present a donation of 10 children’s picture books. The books, which are written in Chinese, were contributed with the purpose of encouraging young Americans to learn more about the traditions of China. Read More: Queens Courier

 

 

Network with the ‘movers and shakers’ at Kings of Queens

Don’t delay. Get your tickets for the 4th Annual Kings of Queens Awards & Networking Event. The event – which recognizes Queens’ most influential men in business – will take place Thursday, November 3 at 8:30 a.m. at Terrace on the Park in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park. It will feature a morning of networking with top professionals and an expo with the area’s leading businesses. Read More: Queens Courier  Get Your Tickets: Kings of Queens

 

 

Police question possible suspect in Queens sexual assault

Police said on Tuesday they were talking to a possible suspect in connection with a number of attempted sexual assaults in Queens. Five women and a 12-year-old girl have been groped in Sunnyside and Woodside since mid-September by a man who rides up on a bicycle. The latest attack happened Sunday night in Laurelton. Read More: NY1

Queens’ Morning Roundup – 10/17/2011: Woman fights off sexual assault


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The Round Up

Woman fights off attacker

Last night in the Brookville section of Queens a woman was violently attacked. At 7:30pm the 23 year old woman exited a bus on Edgewood Avenue when a man approached her and punched her in the head twice. The assailant attempted to bring the woman to the ground but she struggled and the attack fled.  The police are currently searching for the attacker. Read More: New York Times

 

Supporters of Barbara Sheehan protest in Howard Beach

200 supporters of Barbara Sheehan the Queens woman, who was acquitted of murdering her husband, gathered in Howard Beach last night. Sheehan who was found guilty of the lesser charge of gun possession is currently in jail awaiting sentencing. Supporters gathered outside of Our Lady of Grace in Howard Beach to please for her release. Read More: ABC News

 

Police searching for deadly hit-and-run driver

Sunday morning a 2002 Chrysler Sebring was going the wrong way on a Long Island Expressway service road in Maspeth and crashed into a livery cab. The passenger of in the cab was pronounced dead at Elmhurst hospital shortly after the crash. The driver of the Sebring took off on foot. Anyone with information on the case should contact the Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS, or text CRIMES and then enter TIP577, or visit www.nypdcrimestoppers.com. Read More: NY1

 

Police seek 2 more suspects in Miracle Mile jewelry heist

Four men have been arrested and up to two others are still being sought, after a mid-day armed robbery in a Manhasset jewelry store. Armed gunmen, wielding hammers, had destroyed the glass cases to steal a supply of Rolex watches from London Jewelers. Read More: NBC News

Police seeking rape suspect


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Police are seeking the public’s help in identifying a suspect wanted in connection with a sexual assault within the confines of the 109th precinct.

At approximately 8:50 a.m. on September 28, police received a 9-1-1 call of an assault in the vicinity of 148th Street and the Cross Island Parkway. Upon arrival, police were met by the suspect, a 33-year-old female.

The suspect told the responding officers she was grabbed from behind and forced into the brush of the northbound Cross Island Parkway.

Her screams were heard by a witness, who yelled at the suspect, who then fled the scene.

The suspect is described as a white male with salt and pepper hair, between 45 and 50 years old, standing 5 feet 5 inches tall and weighing approximately 220 pounds.

Anyone with information in regards to this assault is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS.