Category Archives: Crime

Teen Boy Stabbed in Ozone Park Playground

A 16-year-old boy on Tuesday was stabbed twice in the abdomen during a gang altercation in an Ozone Park playground, according to police and witness accounts. The victim, whose name is being withheld due to his status as a minor, was attacked around noon inside London Planetree Playground on 89th Street near Atlantic Avenue. After he was wounded, the boy ran roughly three blocks to a Burger King restaurant on Atlantic and 92nd Street where he was treated by first … Continue reading

Teacher Caught in Internet Sex Sting

A Bronx history teacher who lived and coached basketball in Queens has been charged with attempted rape and other offenses after being caught trying to meet with a 14-year-old girl he had been talking to online who was actually an undercover police officer, according to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown. Jonathan Blum, 27, of Whitestone was arraigned last Friday evening on charges of second-degree attempted rape, second-degree attempted criminal sexual act, first-degree attempted disseminating indecent material to minors, and attempted … Continue reading

Jamaica Man Pleads Guilty to Sex Trafficking of Teen Girl

A Jamaica man last week pleaded guilty to forcing a 15-year-old girl he met at a bus stop into prostituting herself to earn him money in both June and July 2013, according to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown. Christopher Stephensbush, 22, copped to sex trafficking last Friday and will be sentenced to two-and-a-third to seven years in prison on June 16. According to court records, Stephensbush met the victim in June 2013 as she was changing buses on her way … Continue reading

After 2014 Mistrial, St. Albans Man Convicted in Brutal Assault

A St. Albans man has been convicted in the January 2012 assault of another borough resident, who was beaten to the ground and shot once in the head, according to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown. Lonnie Miller, 26, was found guilty last Wednesday of first-degree assault following a four-week bench trial before Queens Supreme Court Justice Stephen Knopf. A trial in July 2014 ended in a mistrial. According to testimony, Miller and another suspect who remains at large attacked the … Continue reading

Corona Family Charged in International Cocaine Ring

Three members of a Queens family, who own and operate an Italian restaurant in Corona, were charged last week in a six-count superseding indictment for their alleged integral roles in an international narcotics-trafficking operation, according to the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York. Gregorio and Eleonora Gigliotti, and their son, Angeloi, were each charged with conspiracy to import cocaine, conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine, importation of cocaine, attempted possession of cocaine, and unlawful use … Continue reading

Crime Chat: Human Trafficking and Sexual Exploitation

The investigation and prosecution of cases involving sex trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation of women and children is among the highest priorities of my office. Since the enactment of New York State’s Sex Trafficking statute in 2007, the Queens County District Attorney’s Office has been in the forefront of efforts to use the statute to protect trafficking victims and bring their traffickers to justice. Queens brought the first indictment in New York State and obtained the first conviction in the … Continue reading

Cops Close in, Nab Alleged Boulevard Burglar

That was quick. Hours after the latest edition of The Forum hit neighborhood lawns and stoops last Thursday, cops slapped the cuffs on Keith Kolm, the notorious Hamilton Beach resident whose wanted poster graced the cover of the newspaper. Detectives had been looking for Kolm, 25, for weeks for his alleged role in April burglaries on Cross Bay Boulevard. Investigators believe he’s responsible for stealing an automated teller machine out of a Key Food store, and sought to question Kolm … Continue reading

Bratton Touts Benefits of Broken Windows Policing in Report

With the debate over how to properly address lower-level offenses—fare beating, public urination, etc.—at the forefront of the city’s crime conversation, Police Commissioner Bill Bratton last week issued a 41-page treatise on the benefits of quality-of-life policing. City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito is pushing a plan in the council to decriminalize such infractions, making them punishable by a civil summons. Bratton has publically voiced his disapproval of the plan, and said that his report, “Broken Windows and Quality-of-Life Policing in … Continue reading

Crime Chat: Immigrant Affairs

“Welcome.” Translating that one word into the more than 140 languages spoken in the polyglot village that makes up Queens County would fill an entire sheet of paper and is one of the prime reasons why the Queens District Attorney’s Office established an Office of Immigrant Affairs earlier this year to address the unique concerns of immigrants and new Americans as they navigate our legal system. My office recognizes that in this diverse community of Queens, many immigrant victims of … Continue reading

St. Albans Nurse Charged in Tot’s Burn Death

A licensed practical nurse last week was nabbed by authorities at John F. Kennedy International Airport and charged with murder after the 23-month-old Rosedale girl who she was hired to care for died due to complications of thermal injury, according to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown. Oluyemisi Adebayo, 54, who lives in St. Albans, was picked up last Wednesday as she attempted to board a Virgin Atlantic flight to her native Nigeria and arraigned the following morning on a criminal complaint … Continue reading

Bayside Man Pleads Guilty to Child Porn Charge

A Bayside man last week pleaded guilty to a child-porn charge after more than 10,000 photographs and videos of underage boys and girls were discovered on his computer hard drives, according to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown. Christopher DeNicola, 32, pleaded guilty last Thursday to promoting the sexual performance of a child. Supreme Court Justice John Zoll indicated he will sentence DeNicola to two to six years in prison on Sept. 10. According to the charges, special agents from the Department … Continue reading

JFK Airport Cleaner Charged in Massive Liquor Larceny

A John F. Kennedy International Airport cleaner last week was arrested for allegedly swiping thousands of dollars worth of tiny bottles of liquor over a three-year period, according to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown. Juanette Cullum, 48, of Brooklyn, was arraigned last Friday on charges of third-degree grand larceny and third-degree criminal possession of stolen property. She was ordered released on her own recognizance. According to the criminal complaint, Cullum works for Air Service Cleaning at the airport and is … Continue reading

Cop Arrested for Assaulting Woman

An off-duty city police officer last weekend was arrested for assaulting a woman who allegedly spat in his face, according to an NYPD spokeswoman and published reports. David Rodriguez, 35, was cuffed last Saturday evening by 102nd Precinct cops in Ozone Park and charged with assault after he allegedly punched the victim in the face, “causing bleeding and substantial pain,” the spokeswoman said. Cops indicated that Rodriguez, who was arraigned on Sunday, did not know the woman. Officials did not … Continue reading

Brooklyn Man Bagged at JFK for Gun in Carry-On

A Brooklyn man last Friday afternoon was arrested at John F. Kennedy International Airport after Transportation Security Administration officers detected a loaded .25 caliber automatic handgun in his carry-on bags, according to TSA officials and Queens District Attorney Richard Brown. Aquil Dunbar, 20, was arraigned on Saturday before Queens Criminal Court Judge Suzanne Melendez on a criminal complaint charging him with second-, third- and fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon.  Dunbar was held on $25,000 and ordered to return to court … Continue reading

Hit and Run Driver Nabbed

An unidentified motorcyclist from Ozone Park was struck and critically injured by a hit and run driver on Saturday evening shortly after 10 p.m., while travelling north on Woodhaven Blvd. The 35-year-old, male, Hispanic was rushed to Jamaica Hospital where he was admitted for multiple injuries, the most serious of those to his leg. Police were able to obtain a description and license plate number from a Good Samaritan who followed the SUV after the accident. The address corresponding with … Continue reading