Category Archives: Crime

Yonkers Man Nabbed in Assault on Elmhurst mom and kids

A Yonkers man remained on Rikers Island this week after allegedly confessing to attacking an Elmhurst mother and her three small children last Sunday in an incident that was captured on jarring surveillance camera footage. Pedro Vargas, 48, has been charged with third-degree assault, endangering the welfare of a child and operating a vehicle for hire without having the proper license. His bail was set at $3,500 or $7,500 bond. According to the criminal complaint, Vargas, posing as a livery cab … Continue reading

106th Reports Recidivist Alert

The 106th Precinct wants southern Queens residents to keep a vigilant eye out. Deputy Inspector Jeffrey Schiff told the southern Queens community to be on high alert for Howard Beach native Joseph Quick, 35, who already had a list of offenses under his belt. “[Quick] is a prolific criminal who has committed multiple crimes in our and other communities with approximately 12 arrests,” Schiff said. “These arrests include burglary, criminal tresspass, menacing, larceny, assault, drugs, and criminal possession of stolen … Continue reading

South Queens Cops Warn Against Phone Scammers

Telephone scams have become a top priority for cops at the 102nd and 106th precincts in southern Queens, with senior citizens being one of the more vulnerable demographics in the schemes. Cops said scammers have been targeting senior citizens by telephone, calling them and finding creative ways to solicit money and using financial or legal threats to get their way. And to the average resident, a call like that could be intimidating enough to work, police said. The 102nd Precinct … Continue reading

106th Nabs Native Eyeing Parked Cars

A Howard Beach resident was spotted posting phony flyers onto parked cars’ windshields in order to scope out the vehicles’ insides, the 106th Precinct said.   Charles Marino, 34, was arrested Friday morning when plain clothes officers caught him trying to break into multiple cars in the Centreville area of Ozone Park, officers said. Authorities accused the man of eyeing the insides of parked cars while placing flyers on their windshields in an effort to blend into the community.   … Continue reading

Woodhaven Cleanup Continues

Woodhaven volunteers will hit the streets once again this weekend in an ongoing effort to rid the streets of unsightly graffiti.   The Woodhaven Residents’ Block Assocation first launched the latest graffiti cleanup initiative earlier this summer and have since spent several weekends pounding the pavement and repainting parts of Woodhaven. The group said its next installment of graffiti cleanups would continue on Sunday, Sept. 7 at 10 a.m. and any interested volunteers could reach them at info@woodhaven-nyc.org.   “We definitely … Continue reading

106th Pct., DA Help Secure High Bail for Lindenwood Car Thief

An alleged area auto thief is stewing in jail this week thanks largely to the high bail set by the presiding judge at arraignment. Richard Hobbs, 27, was arrested last Monday afternoon after plainclothes officers observed the Lindenwood man passed out behind the wheel of a stolen vehicle at the intersection of 88th Street and 97th Avenue, according to the NYPD. Hobbs had allegedly pilfered the car that morning on Woodhaven Boulevard. Bail was set at $30,000 or $60,000 bond. “We conferred … Continue reading

Jamaica man charged in dad’s murder

A South Jamaica man appeared in court this week for the first time since being arraigned on homicide charges in the shooting death of his father—an act Queens District Attorney Richard Brown called “totally incomprehensible.” Anthony Guyton, 37, has been remanded to the custody of the city Department of Correction after being charged last week with second-degree murder and two counts of criminal possession of a weapon in the second degree. If convicted, he faces up to 25 years to … Continue reading

Violence Interrupters Coming to More Boro Communities

When Mayor Bill de Blasio announced earlier this month the expansion of the Gun Violence Crisis Management System to 14 precincts across the city—including four in Queens—he noted that, as an integral part of the $12.7 million program, individuals known as “violence interrupters” would be descending on the high-risk communities targeted by the joint de Blasio administration-City Council effort. “This [expansion] relies on the notion of violence interruption,” de Blasio said. “You may have heard of this around the country—the … Continue reading

Howard Beach Patrol Gets New Wheels

Howard Beach’s newest civilian observation patrol rolled out a new ride as volunteers took to the streets to provide an extra set of eyes and ears to the 106th Precinct. Joseph Thompson, president of the HBCOP, said his aunt stepped up to donate her own car to the volunteer group as it started hitting the pavement last week. Thompson helped start the group earlier this summer and has spent the ensuing weeks growing his organization while working alongside the 106th … Continue reading

Steady Recovery for Ozone Park Hit-And-Run Victim

A brutal 52 stitches to the stomach and severely injured back have not stopped 29-year-old Sandeep Singh, who has been on the mend since the driver of a white truck called him “Osama” before running him over late last month. Brother Navindeep Singh said his family was shocked to see the beloved father fall victim to such a hateful act in modern day New York City. He stood with city leaders in Richmond Hill last Thursday to denounce Joseph Caleca, … Continue reading

Rikers Island Injury Claims on the Rise: Audit

With corruption and violence at alarming levels, and the bad old days back on the horizon, perhaps it is unsurprising to learn that personal injury claims at some facilities on Rikers Island have increased significantly over the last five years, according to an audit report published last week by city Comptroller Scott Stringer. Claims are filed by inmates or employees of city correction institutions or facilities who were allegedly injured by the actions of city employees or inmates. For example, … Continue reading

106th Catches Lindenwood Car Thief: Schiff

A Lindenwood man was caught redhanded behind the wheel of a stolen car earlier this week, hopefully putting an end to a string of related crimes in southern Queens, Deputy Inspector Jeffrey Schiff said.   Richard Hobbs, 27, was arrested Monday after cops alleged he stole an unattended running vehicle early in the morning in Ozone Park. Plain-clothes officers spotted the suspect soon after his description hit police radio waves and arrested him to find out he was already a … Continue reading

Assembly Cmte. Vetting Forest Park Camera Request

While a sexual predator responsible for six attacks in Forest Park remains at large, the application to install security cameras on the grounds is still being reviewed by the Assembly Ways and Means Committee, with no firm date set for the completion of the process. “There was an initial delay by the city Police Department returning the preliminary application to the Ways and Means Committee,” said Assemblyman Mike Miller (D-Woodhaven), who formally requested the extra security measure. “After final review, … Continue reading

Goldfeder Grapples With Kids’ Graffiti Kit

A southern Queens lawmaker is calling out a national toy chain after spotting a kid-friendly graffiti starter kit on the shelves. State Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Rockaway Park) chalked up “Kidfitti” as a potential slippery slope for city kids experimenting with graffiti stencils and fired off a letter to Toys “R” Us and other retails calling for the product’s removal. Toys “R” Us did not comment. “This product is using marketing ploys to encourage unsuspecting children to deface their communities,” Goldfeder … Continue reading

Suspect wanted for fatal Corona stabbing

Cops were on the hunt for a man wanted for allegedly stabbing another man to death on a Corona street corner earlier this month, the Police Department said. Fabian Carreno of Woodside was seen fighting for his life against the unknown suspect on Northern Boulevard and 97th Street around 2 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 3, the NYPD said. The fight erupted into an all-out brawl, causing the suspect to whip out his weapon and slash and stab Carreno in the … Continue reading