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NYPD investigating South Ozone Park attack as hate crime


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Photo courtesy of 106th Precinct

A Far Rockaway man was struck with a trophy outside of a bar, resulting in several medical staples to his head. He said he was attacked because he is gay.

“The bouncer let my basher run before the cops came,” said Zaman Mohamed Amin, the victim and a well-known figure in the LGBTQ community, on his Facebook page. “I received seven staples in my head.”

The incident, on Sunday, June 23, involved two victims, allegedly attacked in front of Players Restaurant and Bar in South Ozone Park. LGBTQ’s Anti-Violence Project (AVP) said they were both hit in the head with the trophy and verbally attacked by several unidentified people. Amin was sent to Long Island Jewish Hospital, where he received treatment for the laceration on his forehead.

“I am out of the hospital, even [stronger] now than ever, and ready to take this community and fight for my LGBTQ rights,” he said.

The NYPD told the AVP they are looking into the incident as a hate-motivated attack.

“Hate crimes must stop,” Amin said. “No one gives another person the right to hit another. We are all children of God no matter our race, sexual orientation, color of our skin, religion or gender.”

A man who identified himself as a manager at Players Restaurant and Bar said he could not comment on the attack.

 

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Police seek help identifying woman’s body found in South Ozone Park


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photos courtesy of NYPD

Police are asking for the public’s help in identifying a woman who was found dead in South Ozone Park Friday.

The woman has a green dragon/lizard tattoo on her upper left chest area, and the words “Daddy Rock” on her right thigh.

Her decomposed body was found near South Conduit Avenue and the Van Wyck Expressway at 9:25 p.m. on June 21, 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 Crime Stoppers website or can text their tips to CRIMES (274637), then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.

 

 

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Decomposed body found in South Ozone Park


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Decomposed body found in Queens

Police found the decomposed body of a woman in South Ozone Park late Friday night.

Her identity was not released. She was pronounced dead on arrival on June 21 near South Conduit Avenue and the Van Wyck Expressway at 9:25 p.m., police said.

There are no arrests at this time, police said, and the investigation is ongoing.

The cause of death will be determined by the medical examiner.

 

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Arrest in South Ozone Park stabbing death of 19-year-old


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

A man has been arrested for fatally stabbing a 19-year-old in South Ozone Park last week.

Wilson Rivera, 19, of South Ozone Park, has been charged with murder and criminal possession of a weapon.

He is accused of stabbing Danthony McDonald around 9 p.m. Friday on Linden Boulevard.

McDonald, who lived nearby, was taken to Jamaica Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival.

According to published reports, McDonald was killed just one day before his 20th birthday and had planned on joining the Marines.

 

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Man fatally stabbed in South Ozone Park


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A 19-year-old was stabbed to death on Linden Boulevard Friday night.

Police responded to a 9-1-1 call around 9 p.m. on Linden Boulevard, where they found Danthony McDonald with a stab wound to the chest.

EMS transported McDonald, who lived nearby, to Jamaica Hospital where he was pronounced dead upon arrival.

No arrests have been made at this time, and the investigation is ongoing.

Queens’ Morning Roundup


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TODAY’S FORECAST 

Wednesday: Partly cloudy with thunderstorms and rain showers. High of 84. Winds from the SW at 5 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 40%. Wednesday night: Partly cloudy with thunderstorms and rain showers. Fog overnight. Low of 68. Winds from the SW at 5 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 20%.

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Officer honored for drug, gun bust


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THE COURIER/Photo by Terence M. Cullen

Police Officer Frank Calafiore was honored as the 106th Precinct Community Council’s May Cop of the Month.

Calafiore, part of the anti-crime unit, was cited for the April 11 arrest of a suspect and for recovering narcotics and a loaded firearm.

The suspect, 18, followed a woman to her South Ozone Park home and pointed a gun at her, according to Deputy Inspector Thomas Pascale.

Calafiore and other officers from the unit then followed the suspect into a nearby home. Inside, police found five people, Pascale said, and detained them while cops searched the house. A loaded 9-mm. gun and marijuana were recovered. Calafiore then obtained a search warrant and recovered 200 Xanax pills.

 

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TODAY’S FORECAST 

Wednesday: Overcast with thunderstorms and rain. High of 70. Winds from the East at 5 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 90% with rainfall amounts near 0.4 in. possible. Wednesday night: Overcast with thunderstorms and rain showers. Low of 54. Winds from the SE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 60%.

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Homeless man arrested in South Ozone Park child sex assaults

A homeless man has been charged with sexually abusing two South Ozone Park girls in separate incidents, District Attorney Richard A. Brown announced Tuesday evening. Read more: The Queens Courier 

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Homeless man arrested in South Ozone Park child sex assaults


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Photo courtesy of NYPD

A homeless man has been charged with sexually abusing two South Ozone Park girls in separate incidents, District Attorney Richard A. Brown announced Tuesday.

Lee Samuel, 25, is currently awaiting arraignment on charges of a first-degree criminal sexual act, endangering the welfare of a child and forcible touching.

The hunt for the suspect had the Queens neighborhood on edge since last week when the man allegedly had sexual contact with the seven-year-old girls.

The incidents happened within just hours of and approximately two miles away from each other on Wednesday, May 1.

According to the criminal complaints, said Brown, the suspect approached the first victim as she was tying her shoe on the sidewalk and tapped her on her buttocks.

Several hours later Samuel allegedly came up to his second victim and pretended that he wanted to play a game with her. He then exposed himself to the girl and engaged in a sexual act with her.

“The defendant is accused of being a sexual predator. Such an allegation makes him a threat to children and a clear and present danger to society in general. Such conduct, if proven true, cannot go unpunished,” said Brown

Samuel faces up to 25 years in prison if convicted.

 

 

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Cops release third video of man sought in string of sexual assaults on kids


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Photo and video courtesy of NYPD

The hunt is still on for a suspect in South Ozone Park wanted for sexual assaults on young children as cops release a third video of the alleged perpetrator.

Police say the perv sexually assaulted two seven-year-old girls in separate incidents on Wednesday. The suspect approached the first girl around 3 p.m., police said, and groped her while she sat on the stoop of her home.

He approached the second girl around 6 p.m. while she was playing in her driveway. Police said he performed a sexual act on the girl before fleeing on foot.

Community response has been rapid and active in the wake of the assaults.

The NYPD has increased its presence in the area, giving the 106th Precinct more cops to search for the suspect.

The extra forces include officers from the sexual crimes and criminal response divisions along with eight police cars and 16 officers.

The Community Affairs arm of the NYPD is passing out fliers depicting the suspect and will speak to schools in the precinct on “stranger danger.”

Police have also increased the award to $12,000 for information on the suspect, who is described as a man in his 20s of dark complexion.

City Council Speaker and mayoral candidate Christine Quinn visited South Ozone Park on Monday, May 6 to pass out flyers.

“We’re asking the public, if you recognize this man, call the anonymous tips line,” Quinn told reporters. “We need your help. If you or your child were victimized by him, call the police.”

Councilmember Eric Ulrich, who was also at the appearance, said the community was visibly shocked by the reported assaults.

“It happened in my district,” Ulrich said, “And I can tell you that since this heinous crime took place, the residents in South Ozone Park have been shaken to their core.”

He added that the community and NYPD have been working together to spread information about the suspect through flyers, social media and other means.

“People have been keeping an eye out for this creep,” he said. “People need to be vigilant so he can be apprehended as soon as possible.”

Some Indar, who comes to South Ozone Park to shop at the Home Depot on Rockaway Boulevard, said it was odd for something like this to happen in a community-oriented environment.

“People don’t expect these things around here,” he said.

Anyone with information in regards to either of the above crimes is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (5477).  The public can also submit their tips by visiting the Crime Stoppers website at or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.

 

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New video released of South Ozone Park child sex assault suspect; $12K reward offered


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Video courtesy of NYPD

Police have released a second video of the suspect wanted for the sex assaults of two Queens girls in South Ozone Park last week.

The newly released footage shows the suspect after he groped a seven-year-old as she sat on the stoop of her home Wednesday afternoon.

A previously released video allegedly shows the same man who came up to another seven-year-old girl around 6 p.m. that same day outside of a South Ozone Park driveway. He performed a criminal sex act on the girl, then fled on foot.

The NYPD is offering $12,000 reward for any information leading to the arrest of the man.

The suspect is described as a man in his 20s, of dark complexion, 5’11 – 6’1″ tall, 160 pounds, with black hair. He was last seen in a blue hooded-sweatshirt with unknown white writing on the front, dark jeans and carrying a purple backpack.

Anyone with information in regards to either of the above crimes is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (5477).  The public can also submit their tips by visiting the Crime Stoppers website at or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.

Police previously released the following sketch and photos of the suspect:

 

 

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Suspect tied to second child sex assault in South Ozone Park


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Sketch courtesy of NYPD

Police believe the suspect wanted for sexually assaulting a seven-year-old in South Ozone Park on Wednesday, inappropriately touched another girl in the area the same day.

The man allegedly came up to the victim, also seven, around 2:45 p.m. as she was sitting on the stoop of her South Ozone Park home and grabbed her buttocks, said police. Her 12-year-old sister, who was also on the stoop, yelled at the suspect, at which time he fled.

According to authorities, the suspect  matches the description of the man who came up to a seven-year-old girl around 6 p.m. that same day outside of a South Ozone Park driveway. He performed a criminal sex act on the girl, then fled on foot.

The suspect is described as a man in his 20s, of dark complexion, 5’11 – 6’1″ tall, 160 pounds, with black hair. He was last seen in a blue hooded-sweatshirt with unknown white writing on the front, dark jeans and carrying a purple backpack.

Anyone with information in regards to either of the above crimes is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (5477).  The public can also submit their tips by visiting the Crime Stoppers website at or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.

The following video and photos are from the incident that occurred around 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 1:

 

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Robbers strike same Queens hotel twice in two months


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robbery suspects video

A pair of men sought in a string of hotel robberies hit the same Jamaica Howard Johnson for the second time in two months.

According to the NYPD, the suspects and another individual entered the 153-95 Rockaway Boulevard hotel around 2:15 a.m. on Friday, April 5, displayed a firearm, removed cash, then fled.

Two of the suspects struck the same Howard Johnson on  February 4. They also robbed a Quality Inn in Jamaica on December 29 and a South Ozone Park La Quinta Inn on February 4.

In the first three incidents the suspects fled the scene in a silver Audi.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto Crime Stoppers website or by texting their tips to CRIMES (274637), then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.

Video of an April 5 robbery at a Howard Johnson located at 153-95 Rockaway Boulevard. (Courtesy of NYPD)

 

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Family mourns Queens man allegedly killed by bouncer


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THE COURIER/Photo by Maggie Hayes

Deosarran “Deo” Ramdular was just starting his life at age 24. But the motivated man went braindead after being brutally beaten outside of a Queens club, and died a week later.

“I never expected anything like this would happen to him,” said Ramdular Baboolall, the victim’s father. “There are no words to describe this.”

On Sunday, March 17, Ramdular went out for a night with friends at Club Moka in South Richmond Hill. Before leaving his South Ozone Park home, he asked his mother, whom he lovingly called “Binky,” if he could pick anything up for her while he was out.

“I never knew that he wouldn’t come back,” said Lee Baboolall through tears.

Early the following Monday morning, according to the DA, Ramdular was beaten by the club’s bouncer, Kristian Sorbera, 27. Sorbera repeatedly punched and kicked Ramdular about the face and head, causing him to suffer multiple face fractures, lacerations and bleeding, which ultimately resulted in severe brain damage.

His father said he does not know the reason that Sorbera went after his son, but he was told that the bouncer followed Ramdular away from the club and beat him.

Ramdular was rushed to Elmhurst Hospital, where he was put on life support. On the evening of Thursday, March 21, doctors told the family that he was braindead. Baboolall waited until relatives from out of state arrived at the hospital, and that Sunday, Ramdular’s mother agreed to take him off life support.

She said her son had an excessively swollen head and doctors said his brain was swelling. She couldn’t bear to see him in that condition anymore, and even if he were to come back, he wouldn’t be the same person he once was.

The 24-year-old was an air conditioning technician, and aspired to one day have his own business, according to family. He was also taking classes to become a certified EMS worker. As of recently, he was picking up odd jobs, acting as a handyman. He was the youngest of two boys, and always put family first.

“He was always willing to help. He was very kind-hearted,” said Baboolall. “I can’t find the words to describe how good he was.”

Sorbera has been charged with assault in the second degree with intent to cause serious physical injury to another person and is being held on a $500,000 bail. Since Ramdular died as a result of his injuries, charges against the bouncer could change after he appears before a grand jury. His mother, Karla Sorbera, said she believes her son is wrongfully accused but did not wish to comment further. Additionally, Club Moka did not return calls for comment.

Ramdular’s family held his funeral on Thursday, March 28 and cremated his body.

“Sometimes, I can’t even speak,” said his father. “This is more than a tragedy.”

 

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South Ozone Park college student shoots for NFL


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Photos courtesy of Stockton Photo

David Lopez wants one particular job when he graduates college this spring: playing in the National Football League.

“I like the aggression of the game,” he said. “I love the game. I was never afraid to hit, it’s fun.”

Lopez, of South Ozone Park, has been working on getting himself drafted, or signed, after finishing up his collegiate career as a safety for Pace University. Because the school does not have a draft day for professional scouts, Lopez has faced an uphill run to the endzone.

He came to Pace after playing running back at Christ the King High School, a team that made it to its league’s championship during his final year. When Lopez, now 22, arrived at Pace, however, he was the young guy on a team of seasoned veterans. In order to gain some experience and retrain for a new position, Lopez opted to red-shirt his freshman year — essentially benching himself.

“The first year I was completely clueless to the schemes,” Lopez said of adjusting to college gridiron life. “I learned from the older guys. The older guys taught me a lot.”

Lopez was ready to go the following year and said it was astounding to take the field for the first time. Although Pace lost its first game, Lopez found his groove and took off.

“Two plays in I got a big hit and it was all smooth from there,” Lopez said.

Tragedy struck the team during Lopez’s tenure, however, and soon after he was forced into a leadership position.

In late 2010, Lopez’s teammate, D.J. Henry, was shot by police in Westchester as he drove away from an altercation outside a bar. As a result, some players were deemed ineligible to play, and others decided to transfer out.

“It took a lot out of us as a team,” he said. “The last two years at Pace, I was one of the older guys with a bunch of 17- and 18-year-old kids.”

Suddenly Lopez, intimidated by the veterans two years earlier, found himself propelled into a leadership role. As a captain who still felt like he was 18, Lopez was now mentoring new players both on and off the field.

Ideally, Lopez says he’d like to play safety for his favorite team, the New York Jets, but getting into the league is his top priority right now. To get himself into big-league shape, he’s been training with former Miami Dolphin and Christ the King alum Willie Poole and teammates from Pace.

One fundamental he’s taken from his mentors is that he is gunning for a job that hundreds, if not thousands, of others are vying for throughout the country. His next step is to make it to a pro-day either at Fordham University or Stony Brook University. The challenge there, Lopez said, is getting the schools to allow him to try out, as players from the home school would obviously get preference.

Under Poole’s leadership, Lopez has learned a new physical and mental aspect to football:

“He’s turned it up a notch on us, but it pays off,” Lopez said of Poole’s training. “He pushes us to stay perfect.”

Poole, who’s trained Lopez for a little more than a month now, said his protégé is conscious of the struggle he faces coming from such a small school. Despite this, Poole said Lopez is a true football player with strong skills and even stronger determination.

“I can honestly say that I really, truly believe that he is a better talent than the school he went to,” Poole said. “He works tremendously hard…he wants to get better.

“The bottom line is the kid can play football,” he added. “This kid is a football player.”

 

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