Category Archives: Crime

Seven Charged with Marketing $2.2 Million Worth of Fake Designer Goods

Seven Queens residents last week were charged with trademark counterfeiting, and more than $2.2 million worth of fake designer handbags, gloves, wallets, watches and other items bearing the logos of various designers—including Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Gucci and Prada—were seized from various storage locations from which the defendants allegedly operated, according to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown. Naqing Zhang, 31, and his wife, Wei Wei Dong, 32, of Willets Point; Chin Chu, 43, and his wife, Jian Xia, 38, of Flushing; … Continue reading

Rookie Cop Charged with Cashing $7,000 in Stolen Checks

A rookie city Police Department officer moonlighting as a part-time Flushing paint store employee was charged last week with cashing two checks in September from a business sharing building space with the store and pocketing nearly $7,000, according to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown. Gerardo Laera, 24, a borough resident who was assigned to the 81st Precinct in Brooklyn, was released on his own recognizance last Friday after being arraigned on charges of third- and fourth-degree grand larceny and second-degree criminal … Continue reading

Graffiti Removal Initiative Declared Success

Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) and the Queens Economic Development Corporation this week touted the success of their joint graffiti removal initiative implemented this past October. For FY2015, Ulrich allotted $25,000 in discretionary funds to QEDC to eliminate graffiti at six major corridors:  Woodhaven Boulevard, Jamaica Avenue, Atlantic Avenue, 101st Avenue, Liberty Avenue, and Rockaway Boulevard. According the NYPD, graffiti complaints are on the rise in New York City.  There have already been over 4,000 complaints this year, up about … Continue reading

Former Correction Officer Convicted in Rikers Island Contraband Ring

A former city correction officer last week was convicted in federal court of bribery and narcotics offenses for his role in an inmate contraband distribution ring on Rikers Island, according to the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York Preet Bharara. Austin Romain, 32, of Brooklyn, was convicted on one count of honest services fraud, one count of bribery, and one count of conspiring to distribute marijuana. He was acquitted on one count that alleged he had distributed … Continue reading

Expert: Juvenile Justice Report Will Spur Reform at Rikers Island

Perhaps Mark Soler has a future in soothsaying. The executive director with the Center for Children’s Law and Policy last week said that a bombshell summer report by U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara on juvenile justice on Rikers Island would spur real reform at the nation’s largest jail system. On Wednesday afternoon, Mayor Bill de Blasio and Department of Correction Commissioner Joseph Ponte announced the end of punitive segregation for adolescents in city jails. As of Dec. 4, the DOC had … Continue reading

Jamaica Man Hit with Seven Indictments for Selling Stolen Cars, Weapons and Drugs Online

A Jamaica man this week remained on Rikers Island on $1.75 million bail after he was arraigned last Wednesday on seven indictments charging him with criminal possession of stolen property, insurance fraud, criminal sale of a firearm, criminal possession of marijuana, criminal sale of marijuana and other charges, for allegedly selling stolen vehicles, weapons and marijuana over the Internet. Six other individuals, including three borough residents, were also indicted for their alleged participation in the overall scheme, according to Queens District … Continue reading

Cop of the Month Thwarts Thief, Gets Gun off 106th Precinct Streets

With one arrest, the 106th Precinct Cop of the Month for November stopped a robbery in progress and took an illegal handgun off the street. According to Dep. Inspector Jeffrey Schiff, the commanding officer of the 106th Precinct, veteran Police Officer Andres Gonzalez and Sgt. Joseph Mascia were in plainclothes, working Anticrime in an unmarked vehicle when the radio chirped about a 911 call regarding a possible burglary at a private residence on Lefferts Boulevard. Gonzalez and Mascia responded to … Continue reading

Ridgewood Man Gets 16 Years for Robbing Deliveryman

A Ridgewood man last week was sentenced to more than 15 years in prison for stealing cash and a scooter from a pizza deliveryman in Jackson Heights four years ago, according to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown. Anardo Batista, 26, pleaded guilty to first-degree robbery on Sept. 3 and was sentenced last Wednesday to 16 years in prison and five years’ post release supervision. “The defendant has plead guilty and has now been sentenced to a significant amount of time … Continue reading

Astoria Arsonist Charged with Setting Fire to Cop Car

An Astoria man last week was charged with setting fire to six cars in Elmhurst—including a marked police vehicle, according to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown. Miguel Ramos, 23, was arraigned last Thursday on a criminal complaint charging him with three counts of third-degree criminal mischief and six counts of fourth-degree arson. Ramos remained on Rikers Island after bail was set at $10,000 or $30,000 bond. According to the complaint, Ramos allegedly was seen on Layton Street at approximately 6:30 a.m. on … Continue reading

Elmhurst Man Charged with Stabbing Wife to Death

An Elmhurst man last week was arraigned on charges in the stabbing death of his wife in their basement apartment, and allegedly writing a suicide note in her name, according to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown. Luis Paguay, 47, was arraigned on a criminal complaint charging him with second-degree murder, fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon and tampering with evidence. Some time between the night of Dec. 3 and just before 6 p.m. on Dec. 4, according to the complaint, … Continue reading

Four Charged with Stunt Driving in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park

Four men last week were charged with reckless endangerment and other charges for allegedly drifting—a style of driving that combines high-speeds and sideways skidding—in a parking lot of Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, where spectators had gathered to watch, according to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown and Police Commissioner Bill Bratton. Kareem Ali, 26, and Michael Mahabir, 27, both of Richmond Hill; Joel Santiago, 36, of Maspeth; and Darren Tang, 24, of Manhattan were arraigned in October on criminal complaints charging them … Continue reading

City Touts ‘Significant’ Drop in NYPD Misconduct Complaints

Mayor Bill de Blasio, sharply criticized in some places for his comments following a Staten Island grand jury’s decision not to press charges against a police officer in the death of Eric Garner, last Friday praised the police department as he announced a “significant” drop in all categories of misconduct complaints filed against NYPD cops over the past five months. De Blasio and Richard Emery, chairman of the city Civilian Complaint Review Board, said that from July 1 through Nov.30, … Continue reading

Council Members Challenge Horse-Carriage Ban

Animal rights activists have long awaited the bill introduced this week to ban horse-drawn carriages in New York City, legislation that fulfills a campaign promise by Mayor Bill De Blasio, who said he would get rid of the carriages “on day one.” But the proposal, which would take horses and carriages off the roads by May 2016, has already sparked a rally at City Hall and a lot of debate. The Taxi Workers Alliance, against the City’s plan to offer … Continue reading


The Greater Woodhaven Development Corporation celebrated this week after two perpetrators who allegedly stole the wreath and American flag from the World War II monument at the Forest Parkway Plaza in the hear of Woodhaven were apprehended. The group spread the news via Facebook and issued a press release to express their thanks to all who helped with the apprehension, as well as dismay over the fact that the alleged bandits are residents of Woodhaven. GWDC commended the 102nd Precinct … Continue reading

Pregnant Mom of Four Shot to Death in LeFrak City

A pregnant mother of four children last Wednesday was shot and killed a few feet from her LeFrak City apartment door. The baby, which was delivered nearly three months premature, initially survived, but died approximately four hours after the incident, according to police and published reports. Brandee Anastasia Massey, 27, was gunned down around 9 a.m. in the 15th-floor hallway of her building, minutes after dropping off three of her children at school. She was shot twice and rushed to … Continue reading