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South Richmond Hill man arrested for stabbing wife on Thanksgiving

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A man allegedly stabbed his wife after the two got into a Thanksgiving Day dispute at their South Richmond Hill home, according to police and published reports.

The incident occurred around 4:00 p.m. at the couple’s Lefferts Boulevard residence, cops said.

The victim, whose name was not immediately released, was taken to Jamaica Hospital with multiple stab wounds, where she is listed in stable condition, according to police.

Xavier Cabarcas, 31, was taken into custody at the scene and charged with assault and criminal possession of a weapon, cops said.

According to the New York Post, Cabarcas and the victim are married with three children, but their kids did not witness the stabbing.



Jamaica man charged with attempted murder in alleged beating of off-duty police officer

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com


Updated Monday, November 18, 1:24 p.m.


A Jamaica man has been charged with attempted murder in connection with a fight in South Richmond Hill that left an off-duty NYPD sergeant brutally wounded early Sunday morning.

Hayden Holder, 29, and Sergeant Mohamed Deen, allegedly got into a verbal argument near St. John’s Express Bar & Restaurant at 118-14 Liberty Avenue just before 5 a.m., according to District Attorney Richard Brown. Holder is accused of punching Deen in the head, causing him to fall to the ground. He then repeatedly punched, kicked and slammed Deen’s head onto the sidewalk, said Brown.

The incident was allegedly captured on video and uploaded to Facebook (WARNING: Video is extremely graphic).

Deen was taken to a local hospital with numerous facial fractures and hemorrhaging on his brain, according to the district attorney, and is presently in a medically-induced coma.

Holder was arraigned Monday morning and charged with second-degree attempted murder and first- and second-degree assault. He faces up to 25 years in prison if convicted.



Suspect sought in South Richmond Hill restaurant burglary

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Photo courtesy of NYPD

The NYPD is searching for a suspect who burglarized a South Richmond Hill restaurant.

According to police, on September 10, around 8 p.m., the suspect broke the rear door of Darbars Halal Fried Chicken, located on Liberty Avenue near 126th Street, and took money from the restaurant’s cash register and ATM.

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.



Identify this place in Queens

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Do you know where in Queens this photo was taken?

Guess by commenting below!

The answer will be revealed next Friday.


Last week’s answer to “Identify this Place”: Maha Lakshmi Mandir temple in South Richmond Hill

City Council District 32 candidates Ulrich, Simon look ahead to Election Day

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The heated race for City Council District 32 is coming to a close.

Councilmember Eric Ulrich, the incumbent, has represented District 32 in the City Council since 2009. He stood with Belle Harbor, Breezy Point, Broad Channel, Hamilton Beach, Howard Beach, Lindenwood, Neponsit, Ozone Park, Rockaway Beach, Rockaway Park, South Ozone Park, South Richmond Hill and Woodhaven through natural disasters and hard-pressed community issues.

“I am proud of my campaign and my work in the City Council over the past four-and-a-half years. I am running on my record of accomplishments and my ability to deliver real results for my constituents,” Ulrich said.

However, Lew Simon has not been far behind. He said he worked tirelessly through Sandy to ensure the safety of the district.

“The support we’re getting on our calls and door to door campaigning is phenomenal – people want change and they don’t feel like they’re being represented in City Hall on issues from schools to street lights to Sandy rebuilding,” Simon said.

Simon suffered a setback earlier this month when he received a stent due to partial heart blockage. He now said he’s spending every day “making sure every voter turns out” on Election Day.



Police searching for suspect in string of south Queens bank robberies

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Photo courtesy NYPD

Police are looking for a man in connection with a string of bank robberies yesterday in South Richmond Hill and Jamaica.

The incidents culminated with a robbery of Astoria Federal Savings Bank on 179-25 Hillside Avenue at about 10:20 a.m. The suspect entered the bank and passed a note to the teller demanding money, cops said. The teller handed him $3,300 and the man fled.

Before that incident police said the man also attempted to rob a Chase Bank on 103-48 Lefferts Blvd at about 9:14 and a Citi Bank on 121-11 Liberty Avenue a few minutes later using a similar method, but the tellers didn’t comply in either situation.

The suspect is described as a black male between 20-30 years old, about six feet tall and 185-200 pounds, authorities said. He was seen wearing black sunglasses, a tan shirt and a black lumberjack style hat in the Chase robbery. Then during the Citi Bank robbery incident he was wearing a red hooded sweatshirt, black lumberjack hat, black shoes and blue jeans.

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





Abandoned newborn found in South Richmond Hill backyard

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An abandoned newborn was found in the backyard of a South Richmond Hill home, police said.

The baby boy was found naked with the umbilical cord still attached at 7 a.m. on Sunday.

The residents of the 132nd Street home made a 9-1-1 call to report the abandoned child, who was then taken to Jamaica Hospital. He is now in stable condition, according to police.

The search for the parents is still underway.




Upstate New York man charged for fatal hit-and-run in Richmond Hill

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A man from upstate New York has been arrested and charged for an alleged hit-and-run that killed a Queens woman.

According to the NYPD, on Friday, at approximately 7 p.m. they responded to a pedestrian struck at 97th Avenue and 117th Street in Richmond Hill. Upon arrival, they found Raj Chohan, 59, of South Richmond Hill, unconscious and unresponsive. The victim was taken to Jamaica Hospital where she was later pronounced dead.

A police investigation revealed the victim was walking on 117th Street along parked cars when a grey 2013 Toyota Camry heading northbound, struck her and then fled the scene.

Police later caught the suspect at 115th Street and 101st Avenue. The suspect was identified as Vishwanand Subryan, 23, of Schenectady, New York.

He has been charged with vehicular manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide, leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death and driving while intoxicated.



UPDATE: Police seek three suspects in fatal Queens stabbing

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Video courtesy of NYPD

Update Wednesday, May 15: Police have released a video of three suspects seen prior to the fatal stabbing of a 21-year-old man in South Richmond Hill early Sunday. A prior person of interest in the case is one of the three suspects, said authorities.

Tuesday, May 14:

Police are asking for the public’s assistance in regards to the whereabouts and identity of a person of interest in the stabbing death of a man in South Richmond Hill Sunday.

Around 3:50 a.m.officers were approached by a man holding his stomach near the intersection of Liberty Avenue and 123rd Street, claiming he had been stabbed, said police.

The victim, later identified as 21-year-old Stephen James of Queens, was taken to Jamaica Hospital. Police were informed around 7:45 a.m. Monday that James had died from his injuries.

The NYPD has released a video of the person of interest.


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 or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.




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.”




Two charged with murder, starting fire to cover it up

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THE COURIER/Photo by Maggie Hayes

Authorities have arrested and charged two men in conjunction with the South Richmond Hill fire that revealed one man tied up and shot.

Jason St. Hill, 17, and Stephen Peters, 22, of Richmond Hill were arrested on Thursday, February 28. Both were charged with kidnapping, arson, murder and burglary, among other charges.

The victim, Azeem Ali, 43, was found unconscious and unresponsive after firefighters extinguished the blaze on 95th Avenue early the morning of Sunday, February 24.

St. Hill and Peters allegedly went to Ali’s second floor apartment to steal money from him. Once inside, Peters punched and pistol-whipped Ali, then tied his hands and feet with electrical cord, according to the criminal complaint.

Peters then went to the basement, where he found gasoline to bring back to Ali’s apartment. St. Hill allegedly held Ali at gunpoint, and Peters demanded Ali’s PIN number and his ATM card.

Then, Peters shot Ali in the head, and poured gasoline around the apartment before lighting it on fire.

After committing the grisly act, St. Hill and Peters allegedly left the scene and went to a gas station where they withdrew $200 cash using Ali’s card.

The pair is being held without bail and will return to court on Thursday, March 14. If convicted, they face up to 25 years to life in prison.


Two charged with murder, kidnapping for deadly South Richmond Hill fire

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THE COURIER/Photo by Maggie Hayes

Authorities have arrested and charged two men in conjunction with the South Richmond Hill fire that revealed one man bound and shot.

Jason St. Hill, 17, and Stephen Peters, 22, of Richmond Hill were arrested on Thursday, February 28. Both were charged with kidnapping, arson, murder, burglary, robbery, criminal possession of a weapon and stolen property, according to police.

The victim, Azeem Ali, 43, was found unconscious and unresponsive after firefighters extinguished the blaze on 95th Avenue early the morning of Sunday, February 24. Ali reportedly was tied by his hands and feet, and shot once in the head. He was pronounced dead on the scene.




Victim of suspicious South Richmond Hill fire found shot, bound

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THE COURIER/Photo by Maggie Hayes

After extinguishing a two-alarm blaze in South Richmond Hill, firefighters made a grisly discovery: the man inside the second-story apartment had been bound and shot in the head.

On Sunday, February 24 at approximately 2:35 a.m., police responded to a 9-1-1 call of a fire inside an apartment above a bodega on 95th Avenue. Once the fire was put out, officers discovered the victim, a 43-year-old Asian man, unconscious and unresponsive with severe burns. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The fire has been deemed “suspicious” by the FDNY and NYPD, and various media reports say the victim was found tied by his hands and feet, and was shot.

Neighbors say that the scene was scary and chaotic.

“I had my window cracked a little bit, I woke up and my room was filled with smoke,” said Pavneet Kaur who lives just a few doors down from the scene of the crime. “There was so much smoke, the entire street was filled. You couldn’t see anything.”

Kaur said that people were out on the streets, screaming for all of their neighbors to wake up and get outside.

“We were sleeping, and we heard someone shouting, so we came outside,” said Nerinden Kaur. “If it was windy, the fire could have spread to another house. Right now we all feel scared.”

Although those who live in the neighborhood do not know much about the victim, they are surprised that this incident could happen on their quiet block.

“This is a nice neighborhood,” said one resident who did not wish to give his name. “There are two churches right around the block. This is very strange news.”

On Monday, the day after the fire, a cleaning crew was on the scene, removing debris and securing the area. The investigation is ongoing.



South Richmond Hill man killed in ‘suspicious’ fire

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THE COURIER/Photo by Maggie Hayes

A 43-year-old Asian man was killed in a “suspicious” fire in South Richmond Hill early Sunday morning, police said.

The unidentified victim was found dead on arrival inside a residence at 115-18 95th Avenue on February 24 at around 2:35 a.m. He had severe burns on his body, cops said.

The investigation is ongoing, but authorities say the fatal fire is deemed suspicious at this time.

The identification of the man is withheld pending family notification.

Check back with The Queens Courier for updates on this developing story.

Teens arrested in Queens robbery of 12-year-old

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Two 17-year-olds have been arrested for robbing a 12-year-old in South Richmond Hill last week, said police.

Barshaan Morrison and Thomas Williamson have been charged with robbery and criminal possession of a weapon.

On Thursday, January 31, at about 4:00 p.m., the suspects allegedly approached the victim from behind as he was walking on 111th Street near Liberty Avenue, pinned him up against a tree and demanded his phone. The victim complied and handed over his Samsung Galaxy, and the suspects fled.