Category Archives: Crime

Woodhaven confronts idle cars

An ongoing debate over Select Bus Service routes in Woodhaven has put into motion another hot-button issue: street side parking. Residents in Woodhaven have spent the better part of the past month voicing their concerns and reactions to a city Transportation Department proposal to bring new bus routes to Woodhaven Boulevard and other parts of southern Queens, sparking some heated discussions over congestion and traffic. But one potential consequence of the plan has received more attention this week as residents … Continue reading

Calls for cleaner streets in Howard Beach, Woodhaven

Community advocates are calling out the city to clean up its act. Public eyesores including graffiti, litter and other junk have become a consistent burden across civic groups and elected officials perusing the streets of neighborhoods like Howard Beach and Woodhaven and officials there picked up the pace this week. Lawmakers from both the city and state came out in support of new initiatives to help make borough streets shine. In Howard Beach, state Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Rockaway Park) singled … Continue reading

No new cops coming to 106th Pct.

The 106th Precinct in Ozone Park, along with precincts across the rest of the borough, will not see any of the city’s 1,000 new cops hitting the streets this summer due to a more severe need for officers in city districts with higher crime. Under the terms of the city budget agreement reached in June, 200 civilian workers will be hired for desk jobs that are currently held by officers so they can return to patrol. Another 600 officers were … Continue reading

Top cop honored at 106th Precinct

Good deeds do not go unrewarded at the 106th Precinct. Officer Matthew Peters was presented with the June cop of the month award during a crowded 106th Precinct community council meeting on July 9 for swiftly catching a robber and returning an elderly victim’s stolen bags to her. Peters, 34, was one of two officers sent out to look for an alleged perpetrator after they heard a 65-year-old woman had been robbed. While canvassing, Peters said he saw a man fitting … Continue reading

Father Charged with Strangling 8-Year-Old Son

Police have arrested a Queens man and charged him with the murder of his eight-year-old son after he called 911 to request an ambulance for himself and the child. The defendant was identified as Boujeke Kenmoe, 41, of 169-17 Underhill Avenue in Fresh Meadows. According to the charges, following a call to 911 at approximately 10:10 p.m. on Sunday, June 29, 2014, police and medical personnel arrived at the  first-floor one-bedroom apartment and found Kenmoe sitting on the floor to … Continue reading

Queens cops crackdown on illegal fireworks

Police are looking to defuse illegal firework usage throughout the borough this holiday weekend before the injury numbers skyrocket. The NYPD said it first mobilized its Organized Crime Control Bureau back in January to start going after black-market fireworks sellers and even legal sellers from outside of New York, where fireworks are illegal. Precinct commanders throughout the borough have been diligent in pushing the department’s fireworks crackdown after records showed deaths and injuries were on the rise in 2013. Jeffrey … Continue reading

Howard Beach battles car break-ins: 106th Pct.

Residents in Howard Beach have been keeping a closer eye on their cars after several reports of break-ins throughout the neighborhood, the 106th Precinct said. In many of the cases, cops said the cars were unsecured – meaning they either had visible property inside of them or were not properly locked. The precinct released surveillance footage of two suspects wanted in connection with some vehicles in Howard Beach earlier this week. The precinct said the two suspects, described as white male … Continue reading

Mount Vernon Man Convicted in Kidnapping, Robbery of Woodside Car Dealer

A Mount Vernon man has been convicted in the 2012 kidnapping and robbery of a Woodside car dealer, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said Tuesday. Omar Hutchinson, 32, has been convicted following a two-week trial of robbing a man beneath his Elmhurst apartment building and then tying up the 33-year-old male victim and kidnapping him, the DA said. “The defendant has now been held accountable for his actions – forcibly abducting and robbing a businessman at gunpoint and threatening to … Continue reading

Brooklyn Man Charged with Trying to Meet With Queens Teen for Sex: DA

A Brooklyn man has been charged with sending sexually explicit messages and a picture to a person he had met online, who he believed to be a 14-year-old Queens girl and with whom he was attempting to have sexual relations, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said last week. Eslam Abdeledayem, 30, of Sheepshead Bay, was arrested last Wednesday night, when he allegedly was going to meet up with the teenager – who, in reality, was an undercover detective – to … Continue reading

106th Tackles Noise With ‘Silent Night’ Twitter Initiative

South Queens residents who thought they’d be able to throw massive parties far into the night got a dose of reality last weekend, when the 106th Precinct launched an offensive against noise offenders. Led by Deputy Inspector Jeffrey Schiff, commanding officer of the 106th, the precinct went after individuals making life unbearable for others via a special project known as “Twitter Silent Night.” The initiative allowed residents to report noise complaints by tweeting them to the precinct – though police … Continue reading

Updated: Cops nab man who hit officer in escape attempt: 104th Pct.

The hunt for the man who allegedly escaped police custody in Glendale Monday night, hitting an officer with his own vehicle in the process, ended with his arrest Tuesday afternoon, the 104th Precinct said. Bryan McMenamin, 38, was arrested in Manhattan the day after police said he took control of the Jeep Grand Cherokee he was being held in and struck an officer in the process. He fled northbound around 6:55 p.m. down Decatur Street towards Myrtle Avenue and ditched … Continue reading

Flushing Man Charged in Astoria Rape Attempt: DA

A 27-year-old Flushing man has been arrested and charged with allegedly attacking and trying to rape a woman in the elevator of her Astoria apartment building last week, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Elvis McKenzie, 27, allegedly followed the 53-year-old female victim into an elevator in her apartment building around 11:30 a.m. on June 2 and proceeded to put his hand in his pants and rub his genitals, according to the DA. Then, McKenzie began choking the victim and … Continue reading

Four Adult Entertainers and Club Manager Arrested

Five individuals, including two women from northeast Queens, were arrested this week and charged in an alleged scheme to drug wealthy victims and charge approximately $200,00 in unauthorized purchases to their credit cards at two gentlemen’s clubs – one in Flushing and the other in Manhattan, law enforcement officials announced Wednesday. Among those announcing the arrests were the city’s Special Narcotics Prosecutor Bridget G. Brennan, Acting Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s New York Division James … Continue reading

Man Sexually Assaults Woman in Forest Hills Apartment: Cops

Cops are searching for a man wanted for allegedly sexually assaulting a woman inside of her Forest Hills apartment building, the NYPD said. The unidentified man reportedly followed the woman into her apartment building last Tuesday near Queens Boulevard and 76th Road around 7 p.m., where he attacked her from behind and threw her to the ground, police said. He immediately fled the scene, cops said. The NYPD described him as a 47-year-old man wearing a forwards Yankees baseball cap, … Continue reading

Brooklyn Man Pleads Guilty to Ridgewood Hate Crime

A 25-year-old from Brooklyn pleaded guilty last week to a Ridgewood hate crime dating back to 2012 that included anti-gay slurs and shocking his victim with a stun gun, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Joseph Desmond of Eldert Street in Bushwick confessed to the third-degree assault as a hate crime charge last Wednesday and now faces one to three years in prison, Brown said. “The defendant’s guilty plea ensures that the victim of a crime motivated by hate will … Continue reading