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Person of interest sought in Forest Park murder

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Police are looking to question an individual regarding the murder of a Flushing man found dead in Forest Park Wednesday afternoon, authorities said.

Zoltan Forai, also known as Stephen Forai, is believed to frequent the Bandshell and Victory Field areas of the park, police said. He is described as 44 years old, standing about 5 feet 7 inches tall, weighing 170 pounds and having brown eyes, brown hair and a beard.

The body of Diego Piedrahita, 23, of Booth Memorial Avenue was discovered by two park-goers at about 3:30 p.m. near Park Lane South and Woodhaven Boulevard, police said.

Piedrahita — who had blunt force trauma to the head, possibly as the result of a tree limb being used as a weapon — was pronounced dead at the scene. His death was later ruled a homicide.

According to police sources, Piedrahita’s wallet and identification were found at the scene and there were no signs of a robbery. He did not have a criminal record.

Anyone with information in regards to 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 or can text their tips to CRIMES (274637), then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.


Queens Morning Roundup

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EVENT of the DAY: “Akeelah and the Bee” 

With an aptitude for words, 11-year-old Akeelah Anderson (Keke Palmer) is determined to spell her way out of South Los Angeles, entering scores of local contests and eventually landing a chance to win the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C.

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UPDATE: Two arraigned after kidnapped man found in NYPD officer’s home 

A New York City Police Department detective has been suspended without pay as internal affairs tries to figure out if he was involved in a kidnapping scheme in Queens. Authorities say a 25-year-old man was kidnapped at gunpoint on Friday while walking down 234th Street and that his captors called people looking for a ransom. Read more: [NY1] 

UPDATE:Pals of cop involved in abduction come to his defense

Friends and neighbors are defending an NYPD detective suspended without pay after a kidnapped man was found bound in his home. Four men were busted in the home of veteran cop Ondre Johnson, 45, Friday after a call demanding a $75,000 ransom was traced there. Read more: [New York Daily News]

One man dead, one injured in Corona bar stabbing 

Two men were stabbed — one fatally — during a fight outside a Queens bar Sunday morning, police and witnesses said. The melee between several men erupted outside the Manila Bar and Restaurant on Roosevelt Ave. in Corona just before 4:30 a.m., said cops. Read more: [New York Daily News] 

Mayor Bloomberg pushing NYC hospitals to hide baby formula so more new moms will breast-feed

The nanny state is going after moms. Mayor Bloomberg is pushing hospitals to hide their baby formula behind locked doors so more new mothers will breast-feed. Starting Sept. 3, the city will keep tabs on the number of bottles that participating hospitals stock and use — the most restrictive pro-breast-milk program in the nation. Read more: [New York Post] 

National Pastimes: Immigrants bring Kabaddi to Queens fields 

It looks like a good old-fashioned game of tag. But this is no traditional American game. It’s Kabaddi, a mix of rugby, tag and wrestling. It’s a favorite among Punjabi immigrants who play at Victory Field. “We have a lot of fun playing this,” said player Sembeep Singh. “That’s our cultural game.” Read more: [NY1]