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Victim of suspicious South Richmond Hill fire found shot, bound

| mhayes@queenscourier.com

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

| mchan@queenscourier.com

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

| ctumola@queenscourier.com


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.



Two wanted in Queens robbery of 12-year-old

| ctumola@queenscourier.com


Police are looking for two teens wanted for robbing a 12-year-old boy in South Richmond Hill last week.

On Thursday, January 31, at about 4:00 p.m., the victim was walking near 104-24 111 Street when the suspects approached him from behind, pinned him up against a tree and demanded his phone. The victim complied and handed over his Samsung Galaxy, and the suspects fled. There were no reported injuries.

Both suspects are black males in their late teens. Suspect one was wearing a grey hooded sweatshirt, grey backpack and dark pants, and suspect two was wearing a yellow sweatshirt with the number 33 on the front, dark pants and a black backpack.

Anyone with information in regards to this robbery 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.


One dead in South Richmond Hill fire

| ctumola@queenscourier.com

A garage fire in South Richmond Hill left one person dead, said police.

Around 1:00 a.m. Saturday, authorities responded to a blaze at a vacant resident at 103-41 120th Street, where a detached garage in the rear of the residence was on fire.

After extinguishing the flames, they discovered an unidentified body inside with severe burns. EMS responded and the victim was pronounced dead.

Officials are still determining the cause of death and what started the fire.



Queens’ Morning Roundup

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Stabbed MTA officer leaves hospital, eager to return to the job

A wounded Metropolitan Transportation Authority police officer was released from the hospital and headed home Thursday, one day after he was stabbed in the eye during a confrontation in Jamaica, Queens. Dozens of MTA and city police officers were on hand to applaud at Jamaica Hospital as Officer John Barnett was brought out in a wheelchair, with a hat pulled down over his eyes. Read more: [NY1] 

Four-alarm fire sweeps through Queens residential street 

More than a dozen firefighters sustained minor injuries battling a four-alarm fire in South Richmond Hill, Queens on Thursday. It started in a house on 112th Street on Thursday afternoon and spread to the surrounding houses. Authorities say about 175 firefighters worked for an hour and 20 minutes to extinguish the flames. Read more: [NY1]

Queens lifeguard Emily Harms hailed as hero after rescuing 11-year-old from drowning

She is 21 years old, looks more like a teenager and is hardly your typical vision of the heroic lifeguard. But Emily Harms from Bellerose, Queens is all that and more. An 11-year-old boy might not be alive if not for her heroism. CBS 2′s Scott Rapoport spoke with her Thursday and heard the remarkable story. Read more: [1010wins] 

‘Transfer’ schools offer at-risk students a chance to graduate 

For some Queens high school graduates this year, the commencement ceremony represents achieving the previously impossible. But the special schools that made it happen often are tarred with bad marks due to federal standards that overlook their value, school administrators and education experts say. Ryan Rodriguez, 19, of Corona, attributes his success to North Queens Community High School — what is known as a “transfer” school, which takes students who are at risk of aging out of regular high schools. Read more: [New York Daily News] 

Danielle Thomas Update: Ky. wake for Qns. executive 

Hundreds of mourners packed a Kentucky church yesterday to mourn a “small-town girl’’ who came to New York with big dreams, only to be murdered — allegedly by her lawyer boyfriend in Queens. Some 800 friends and family members wept as they filed into Centenary Methodist Church and surrounded the closed casket holding Weight Watchers executive Danielle Thomas. Read more: [New York Post] 

Scaffolding that malfunctioned in Queens wasn’t sanctioned 

The scaffolding that malfunctioned on Monday in Sunnyside leaving a worker dangling for dear life was not sanctioned, the Daily News has learned. The incident underscores a dark underbelly within the construction trade, a Queens lawmaker said Thursday. The city Department of Buildings issued a partial stop-work order at the 45th St. construction site and is investigating what caused the scaffolding to collapse, officials said. Read more: [New York Daily News] 


South Richmond Hill woman alleges harassment, business owner counters

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A South Richmond Hill mother of three – allegedly berated for months with threats and insults from workers at a neighborhood auto shop – fears for her life. The store owner, denying all claims, feels her relentless, unfounded complaints are bringing down business.

It is a “he said, she said” argument, potentially tearing a neighborhood apart.

According to Sara*, men at Ken Shaw Auto Repair & Tire Shop, located at 114-17 101st Avenue in South Richmond Hill, verbally harass her as she walks to her nearby home. The group, allegedly consisting of about eight men, shouts racist remarks while drinking and smoking in front of the store.

On one occasion, a harasser allegedly accosted Sara while holding a dog as he tried to provoke the animal by barking.

According to business owner Ken Shaw, he passed a woman while walking his two dogs with a friend. The friend said “woof woof” to one of the dogs, prompting the woman to ask if they were barking at her. Shaw and his friend gave each other a look and kept walking down the block. The woman allegedly then told the men she was calling the police on them and supposedly dialed 9-1-1 in front of them. According to Shaw, he instructed his friend to ignore her because she had called the police and the landlord to complain in the past.

“I follow all the rules. I don’t do anything I’m not supposed to do,” said Shaw. “I don’t argue with anyone. Since I’ve been here, all the tenants in the building, not just her, have complained about different things, and that makes the business bad. I am getting tired of being harassed.”

Shaw claimed he spoke with police the last time they came to his house to pat him down – an occurrence he claims happens frequently – regarding filing a counter complaint about the woman’s harassment. According to Shaw, the responding officer scoffed at his request, reminding him that while he had only been in the neighborhood for several months, the complainants lived there for decades.

He added that each time the police have investigated, they have found nothing.

According to Sara, the business is open 24/7, with people coming and going at all hours of the night. She claimed people bring Rottweilers and other scary-looking dogs in the middle of the night, which she alleges are used for dog fighting.

Sara also accused the men of running an alleged prostitution ring. According to her, she overheard a man say “I’ll bring some pieces to you tonight at 7:30 and you can pick the ones you want.” At 7:30, Sara went downstairs and said she saw the same man with five girls.

Shaw denied completely.

“I am not a trafficker,” he said. “I’m just here to work.”

According to a police source, a report has never been filed against this business. Officers investigated the premises and are aware that the owner has two dogs on site.

“From what he says, he’ll take care of it,” said the source.

Since the business moved into the building nine months ago, Sara complained to 3-1-1 six times. According to her, the first two times she called, her concerns were dismissed as being unimportant. The third time, 3-1-1 officials responded to the complaint. Sara claimed this alerted the men to the fact that she had been the person lodging complaints against them.

That caused the harassment to escalate, she asserts.

Sara alleged the men threatened her, telling her she was asking for trouble. A man threw rocks at her window while cursing and screaming at her, she claims. Sara said her teenage daughter became terrified while leaving the train station one day after spotting a man who had harassed her mother.

“She got really scared,” said Sara. “She thought they were after us.”

Shaw believes the neighborhood’s predominantly Punjabi population dislikes having a business owned by someone of a different ethnic background in the area, assuming they hope to drive him out with their complaints.

“She wants me to get arrested, and if I do get arrested, I am going to pay the bail and get back out,” said Shaw. “Even if I stand outside with a few of my friends, she will come outside and tell us that we can’t stand there. We are on the sidewalk.”

A man close to the situation stated kids go to the tire shop, have parties and blast music.

“It’s a lot of ‘he said, she said’ and you don’t know who’s telling the truth and who’s making stuff up,” said the man.

*name has been changed to protect identity

With additional reporting by Timothy Petropoulos

Police seek South Richmond Hill thieves

| brennison@queenscourier.com

Police are seeking two suspects, they say robbed a South Richmond Hill home.

On Thursday, February 2, the two men broke into a home on 125th Street and removed cash, jewelry and electronics, according to police.  The break in occurred between 2 and 7 p.m.

The suspects are described as black or Hispanic males.

Anyone with information regarding this incident 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 at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.

Police on the lookout for South Richmond Hill rape suspect

| brennison@queenscourier.com

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.