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Shots fired outside Cross Bay Diner during task force bust: report


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A popular Howard Beach eatery was the scene of a shootout between a federal agent and a suspect Monday night, according to a published report.

A task force, consisting of NYPD officers, Homeland Security and the FBI were at the Cross Bay Diner at about 11 p.m., trying to nab four people, the New York Post said.

At some point, the officials and suspects ended up in the parking lot of the Cross Bay Boulevard restaurant and shots were exchanged, the Post reported. Though it wasn’t immediately clear who fired first.

Three of the individuals were taken into custody and one man is still at large, according to the paper.

Police confirmed authorities are still looking for a suspect following a multi-agency narcotics task force operation involving Homeland Security at the diner Monday night.

The suspect is described as a Hispanic man in his 30s, 5 feet 8 inches tall and 180 pounds. He was last seen wearing a gray sweatshirt and blue jeans.

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Queens teen found shot to death in Long Island


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A Queens teenager was discovered fatally shot in a Long Island park Friday afternoon, police said.

The body of Jonathan A. Graff, 17, was found by a man who was walking his dog in Spur Drive Park in Bay Shore at about 4:15 p.m., according to authorities.

He had been shot in the head, reports said.

Graff, who lived in Kew Gardens, was last seen Thursday in Jamaica near the Long Island Rail Road station, according to Newsday.

Police are investigating his death as a homicide.

Graff’s body was taken to the Suffolk County Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy, and authorities are reportedly awaiting the results to determine how many times he was shot.

Anyone with information on the incident or who may have seen Graff before the shooting is asked to call Suffolk County Police detectives at 631-852-6392 or call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-220-TIPS.

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Man sought in 2013 Richmond Hill murder


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Police are looking for a man wanted in connection to the deadly shooting of a 23-year-old in Richmond Hill last December.

Gerrard Edwards was near Liberty Avenue and 112th Street at about 3:30 a.m. on Dec. 22 when he was shot, cops said. He was killed after he got into a dispute with a group of men while out with some friends and was then jumped and shot several times in the chest, according to published reports.

Edwards, a Richmond Hill resident, was taken to Jamaica Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Authorities describe the suspect, David Haridat, 31, as 5 feet 4 inches and about 150 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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Ex-NYPD detective pleads guilty to DWI, accidentally shooting partner in Queens


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A former NYPD detective who was busted for drunk driving and accidentally shooting his partner in Queens earlier this year pleaded guilty to the incident and was sentenced to undergo an intensive alcohol safety program, the Queens district attorney’s office said.

Jay Poggi, 57, a Long Island resident who, according to police, was a member of Brooklyn’s 75th Precinct, pleaded guilty Friday in Queens Criminal court to assault and operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, prosecutors said.

In addition to the 12-week program, as a condition of his plea, Poggi must complete an awareness program for first-time DWI offenders, called a Victim Impact Panel, install an ignition interlock device on any vehicles registered to him and pay a $500 fine. His driver’s license has also been suspended.

In the early morning hours of April 24, Poggi was showing the hammer of his Smith and Wesson revolver to his partner, Det. Matthew Sullivan, when the gun went off, striking his partner in the right wrist, court records said. Poggi then drove Sullivan to Jamaica Hospital in their unmarked police car.

At the hospital, Poggi was observed with bloodshot eyes and was given a field sobriety test, which registered above the legal limit, at .113 percent, prosecutors said. He later refused to take a Breathalyzer test at the 112th Precinct in Forest Hills.

Poggi and his partner were supposedly on their way to conduct a robbery investigation in the Rockaways when Poggi accidentally fired the weapon, the New York Daily News reported. They were caught on camera drinking that night at The Wharf Bar & Restaurant in Rockaway Park.

In May, Poggi was terminated from the department following a recommendation from the Office of the NYPD Trial Commissioner.

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Police searching for suspect in shooting, robbery off Van Wyck Expressway


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A man shot another driver off of the Van Wyck Expressway in Jamaica Friday night before robbing the victim’s girlfriend, police said.

On Sept. 26 at about 7:30 p.m. cops received a call about a man shot on the corner of the Van Wyck Expressway service road and 94th Avenue.

The victim later told police that his girlfriend and him were at a sneaker store when they saw two men watching them. As the couple left the store in a BMW, a white Jeep followed them, according to cops.

During the pursuit, the Jeep forced the BMW to crash into a fence and afterwards the suspect exited the Jeep and went to the driver’s door and shot the victim in the upper thigh, police said. Then the suspect went to the passenger side, struck the victim’s girlfriend on the head with the gun and stole three necklaces from her. The suspect then jumped back into the Jeep and fled the scene.

However, the Jeep was later recovered on 134th Street and 97th Avenue, police said.

The victim was taken to Jamaica Hospital in stable condition. The investigation is ongoing.

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Former Gambino associate’s grandson busted for allegedly shooting friend on Malba jetty


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A man whose grandfather was reportedly a former Gambino family associate has been charged with attempted murder after he shot a childhood friend multiple times near the Malba shoreline, officials said.

Robert Sasso, 33, and his friend, 39-year-old Dean Oku, were smoking marijuana on a jetty off of Summit Place in the affluent neighborhood at about 2 a.m. on Aug. 29 when, during a conversation, Sasso shot Oku without warning, the Queens District Attorney’s Office said. Oku was struck in the abdomen, left leg and left arm, and taken to a local hospital, where he remains in critical condition.

In addition to being charged with attempted murder, assault and criminal possession of a weapon in the shooting, Sasso, a Flushing resident, was also busted for assaulting his live-in girlfriend, according to prosecutors.

Just two days before the shooting, Sasso is accused of punching his 33-year-old girlfriend, who had recently taken an order of protection out against him. He then allegedly pushed her out of his vehicle as it sat on an East Elmhurst street, causing bruising to her face, the district attorney’s office said.

Sasso has been separately charged with assault, harassment and criminal contempt in his girlfriend’s assault. He is currently awaiting arraignment in both cases and faces a total of up to 29 years in prison if convicted.

According to the New York Daily News, Sasso’s grandfather was a former Gambino family associate who was convicted in 1992 for helping John Gotti get payoffs from contractors. His father was also convicted for gun trafficking.

Sasso was suspected in the shooting of a construction supervisor in Hell’s Kitchen last year, the Daily News also said.

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Two dead in Flushing murder-suicide: NYPD


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Photo by Desiree Mathurin

Updated Tuesday, Sept. 9, 6:25 a.m. 

A man fatally shot his girlfriend before turning the gun on himself in Flushing Monday night, according to police.

The man, identified as 51-year-old Xie Bin, and the woman, 46-year-old Ya Ling Meng, were having an argument around 5:30 p.m. on 41st Avenue near Main Street when he shot her once in the head, cops said. He then shot himself in the head.

Both were pronounced dead at the scene.

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Man charged with father’s murder in south Jamaica: DA


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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A 37-year-old man from south Jamaica has been arrested for allegedly killing his father Tuesday night, according to Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown.

Anthony Guyton, has been charged with murder and two counts of criminal possession of a weapon.

On Aug. 19 at about 10:25 p.m., Guyton allegedly fired a single shot at his father, 55-year-old Bruce Langley of Astoria, near the intersection of 143rd Street and 119th Avenue, said Brown.

Langley was shot in the chest as he sat in his Chevy Impala at an intersection a block away from Guyton’s home. According to the district attorney, police patrolling the area caught Guyton as he stood holding a 9 mm handgun next to his vehicle, a Dodge Charger, which was near the Chevy Impala.

Langley was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital.

“The alleged actions of the defendant are totally incomprehensible,” Brown said.

Guyton is awaiting arraignment in Queens Criminal Court. If convicted, he faces 25 years to life in prison.

 

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Two charged in shooting of 12-year-old girl


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Two teens have been charged in the shooting of a 12-year-old girl in Arverne on Saturday afternoon, officials said.

Police responded to the call of shots fired at about 4:42 p.m. Saturday in the vicinity of Beach 59th Street and Shore Front Parkway, and found a 12-year-old girl shot in her left thigh by a male suspect who fled the scene, according to cops.

After speaking with witnesses, police saw the man fleeing through a parking lot and jump over a fence. After searching for the suspect, they found him on the corner of Beach 60th Street and Larkin Street together with a woman, police said. The man, identified as 18-year-old Dwight Henderson, then was seen handing over a firearm to a woman, identified as 16-year-old Geena Hill. Both were then arrested, an a load 9mm gun was recovered, according to police

The 12-year-old victim was taken to North Shore LIJ Hospital in stable condition.

Henderson was charged with attempted murder, assault, criminal use of a firearm, criminal possession of a weapon, reckless endangerment and resting arrest. Hill was charged with criminal possession of a weapon.

 

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Man charged with shooting at cops in Elmhurst


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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Update 4:03 p.m.

A man wanted for shooting at cops in Elmhurst this June was apprehended in New Jersey and charged with attempted murder, officials said.

Christian Mosquera, 20, of Corona, was arraigned in Queens Criminal Court on Wednesday on charges of attempted aggravated murder, attempted murder, criminal possession of a weapon and reckless endangerment, prosecutors said.

A sergeant and police officer, both in uniform and in a marked police car, were responding to a trespassing call around 1:50 a.m. on June 21 when they saw a man chasing another man and firing shots at him at Lamont Avenue and Forley Street, according to police.

The cops jumped from their car and ordered the man to drop the gun, but instead he turned on them, raised the weapon and shot at them, authorities said.

The officers returned fire, but no one was hit in the exchange. When Mosquera fled, he allegedly left behind a .22 caliber pistol.

Shortly after the incident, police offered a $12,000 reward leading to an arrest and conviction, and released a photo of Mosquera, identifying him as a suspect.

According to the district attorney’s office, when Mosquera was apprehended he allegedly told Union City, N.J. officers that “I know this is about that thing in New York. I saw it on the news. I saw my picture in the paper. I wasn’t shooting at police. I shot one or two times at someone else.”

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Man arrested in Astoria shooting of teen, second person


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Updated 2:10 p.m.

Two people, including a teenage boy, were shot in Astoria Thursday afternoon, police said.

The shooting happened in front of the Astoria Houses on 8th Street around 4:30 p.m., cops said.

A 15-year-old boy suffered a gunshot wound to the shoulder and a 30-year old man was struck in the torso and leg, according to officials. They were taken to Elmhurst Hospital where the teen is listed in stable condition and the man is listed in critical but stable condition, cops said. Both are likely to survive.

Following the gunfire, officers saw a man fleeing from the scene and jump into the passenger side of a black Acura at the corner of 27th Avenue and 8th Street, police said. The car then sped off before crashing into another vehicle at 26th Avenue and 21st Street.

The passenger and the driver both tried to flee on foot following the collision. But cops were able to nab the passenger, 34-year-old Shannon Smith, of Valley Stream, Long Island, and place him under arrest and recover a handgun at the scene, officials said.

Smith faces attempted murder, assault, criminal possession of a weapon, reckless endangerment, criminal possession of stolen property and resisting arrest charges, according to police.

 

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Bronx man found fatally shot in Cambria Heights


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A man was shot and killed in Cambria Heights on Saturday, police said.

Cops responded to a 9-1-1 call at about 10:20 p.m. and discovered 33-year-old Jason Bragg of the Bronx unconscious with a wound to his head.

EMS pronounced the man dead at the scene and the medical examiner’s office later determined the man died from a gunshot injury.

The investigation is ongoing.

 

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Police identify suspect who shot at cops in Elmhurst


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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The NYPD has identified a man who allegedly fired shots at cops in Elmhurst on Saturday.

A sergeant and police officer, both in uniform and in a marked police car, were responding to a trespassing call around 1:50 a.m. when they saw a man chasing another man and firing shots at him at Lamont Avenue and Forley Street, officials said.

The cops jumped from their car and ordered the man to drop the gun, but instead he turned on them, raised the weapon and shot at them, police said.

The officers returned fire, but no one was hit in the exchange. When the suspect fled, he left behind a .22 caliber pistol, according to cops.

Police have named Cristian Mosquera, 20, as a suspect in the June 21 incident, and describe him as 5 feet 4 inches tall and 120 pounds. He also has three star tattoos on his right shoulder.

There is a $12,000 combined reward leading to an arrest and conviction, according to the NYPD.

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 charged with murder in shooting of 15-year-old girl in Jamaica


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Updated 3:57 p.m.

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A 20-year-old man has been charged with the fatal shooting of his 15-year-old girlfriend inside a Jamaica home Wednesday night after he first told police she had committed suicide, according to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown.

Cops discovered Alexis Anderson with a gunshot wound to the head inside a residence on 106th Road near 180th Street at about 11:45 p.m. on June 18 and she was pronounced dead at the scene, officials said.

Police previously said the residence, which is abandoned, was a squatter location that was also used as a drug den.

Amin Abdullah, 20, was taken into custody on Thursday and charged with murder and criminal possession of a weapon, police said. The June 19 arrest came after a medical examiner deemed Anderson’s death as a homicide.

“The defendant is accused of taking the life of a young girl who had her whole life ahead of her,” Brown said. “This case is another unfortunate example of the senseless gun violence that seems to more and more permeate our society.”

According to Brown, a witness saw Abdullah and Anderson get into a verbal argument on Wednesday in front of a room on the second floor of the 177-38 106th St. residence. The witness, who then went to separate room, said between 11 and 11:43 p.m. they heard a noise that sounded like a pop.

Abdullah then allegedly went into the witness’ room and together with the witness went back to the front room where the witness saw Anderson laying on the floor with what appeared to be blood on her head, Brown said.

According to the district attorney, Abdullah allegedly first told detectives that Anderson shot herself but later admitted he had shot her in the head with a revolver.

Abdullah is currently being held pending arraignment in Queens Criminal Curt and if convicted he faces up to 25 years to life in prison.

 

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Shots fired in South Ozone Park


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Shots were fired Monday night in South Ozone Park‘s  Police Officer Edward Byrne Park, according to police.

No one was hurt in the 8 p.m. shooting, and according to witnesses,  the shooter was a man who fired into the air, cops said. Officers recovered a bullet shell from the park and they were able to verify that nobody had been admitted to the hospital with the bullet.

Police noted that the shots fired come as a surprise to them because the area doesn’t have many shootings.

The park is currently sealed off as the investigation continues. No arrests have been made.

 

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