Category Archives: Crime

Boro ‘Tutoring Academy’ Teachers Accused of Abusing Students: DA

Two women affiliated with a Queens-based “tutoring academy” were arrested and charged with endangering the welfare of four students between ages 9 and 11 through vigorous physical punishment, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said.   Sun Kyung Park, 33, of Oakland Gardens and Min Kyung Chea, 34, of Little Neck, were accused of putting the students through endurance punishment exercises, withholding food and bathroom privileges among other things to keep them in line, Brown said. Both oversaw the children at … Continue reading

Corona Man Accused of Shooting at Cops: DA

A 20-year-old from Corona was arrested and charged with shooting at police back, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said.   Christian Mosquera of Westside Avenue was picked up in Union City, New Jersey on Aug. 6 after a nearly two-month search in relation to the June 21 incident in which he allegedly fired a gun at cops, Brown said. A criminal complaint said the armed man was spotted chasing another person along Lamont Avenue in Elmhurst around 1:45 a.m. that … Continue reading

Officers force confession in Coney Island fire case: Lawyer

The lawyer for the Brooklyn 16-year-old charged with setting ablaze part of his Coney Island housing project, killing a city cop in the process, said his client was coerced into delivering his confession. Marcell Dockery may have submitted a written confession and a video testimony admitting he lit a mattress on fire in the 13th-floor hallway of the building, but attorney Jesse Young said he was forced into it at the hands of aggressive detectives. The April 6 fire killed … Continue reading

Woodhaven Ups Anti-Graffiti Game

Graffiti vandalism has been a significant problem in Woodhaven this year, civic leaders said. Light volunteer numbers and a harsh winter both made it hard for the neighborhood’s own Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association to paint over all the swirling tags on mailboxes. But that did not deter Martin Colberg, president of the WRBA, from going out with volunteers Sunday to clean up any tags that might be found on the more than 100 mailboxes in the community. “I think we’re … Continue reading

Fresh Meadows man convicted in fatal Richmond Hill beating: DA

A 28-year-old from Fresh Meadows was found guilty of manslaughter in the March 2013 beating of a 24-year-old man at a Richmond Hill party spot, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Kristian P. Sorbera, 28, of Parsons Boulevard in Fresh Meadows, was convicted after a weeklong trial late last month of manslaughter in the killing of Richmond Hill native Deosarran Ramdula, Brown said. According to the criminal complaint, Ramdula was out parting with a friend when he got into an … Continue reading

Civilian Patrol Grows in Howard Beach

Howard Beach’s newest vigilante group is still working to establish roots in the community but has made serious headway in the five short weeks since starting. The Howard Beach Civilian Observation Patrol held its first public meeting last Wednesday night in Lindenwood and outlined its progress as the group continues its efforts of becoming a go-to source of safety in southern Queens. Group President Joseph Thompson emceed the meeting before introducing board members and providing updates on his correspondence with … Continue reading

Forest Hills man poses as faux Holocaust survivor

A Forest Hills man was accused of posing as his dead mother in order to reap her Holocaust survivor benefits, the Queens District Attorney said. Gary Jacoby, 61, of 108th Street, was charged with grand larceny and criminal possession of a forged instrument for allegedly receiving benefits from the German government that should have stopped when his mother Laura Jacoby died in January 2008, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. He supposedly stole more than $56,000 in benefits from the time … Continue reading

Second suspect arrested in 14-year-old Jamaica girl’s slaying: DA

A second suspect was arrested in connection with the shooting death of a 14-year-old girl riding a city bus in Jamaica, the Queens District Attorney said. Shamel Capers, 16, of Brooklyn, surrendered to cops last Wednesday and charged with murder and criminal possession of a weapon for allegedly playing a part in the killing of D’aja Robinson, who was shot in the head while riding the bus on Sutphin Boulevard, District Attorney Richard Brown said. It was alleged that Capers, … Continue reading

Drug Bust in Lindenwood

The 106th Precinct put a Lindenwood man in handcuffs last week for holding a large amount of drugs inside his 80th Street home, the Police Department said. Kevin Morel, 25, was arrested and charged with several counts of drug possession around 6:45 a.m. on Aug. 1 after officers executed a search warrant on his 156-36 80th St. home in Lindenwood, the NYPD said. The Howard Beach-Lindenwood Civic Association posted word of the arrest on its Facebook page last week when the news arrived, … Continue reading

City workers spot bag of used needles in Forest Park

A gigantic bag of hypodermic needles was recovered in Forest Park last Thursday while Parks Department officials were perusing the area for cleaning, the agency said. The total came out to 868 needles, all of which appeared to be used, sitting in a a bag spotted underneath a guardrail near Park Lane South and 112th Street in Richmond Hill last week, the Parks Department said. Workers were cleaning the surrounding region when one official spotted the bag and called the … Continue reading

Ozone Park couple charged with starving 12-year-old daughter: DA

A couple from Ozone Park was hit with multiple counts of assault and child endangerment Tuesday after Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said they allegedly starved and brutally beat their now 12-year-old daughter over the past two years. Sheetal and Rajesh Ranot of 96th Street in Ozone Park were accused of starving and beating their 12-year-old daughter Maya Ranot between December 2012 and July 2014, including one instance in which they allegedly hit her with a broken metal broom handle, … Continue reading

Ozone Park Pegs Hit-and-Run as Hate Crime

As if the horrific hit-and-run incident in Ozone Park last week was not bad enough, members of the Sikh community have since argued it was a crime motivated by hate. Sandeep Singh, 29, was thrown into the center of a heated investigation last Wednesday when the driver of an unidentified white Chevrolet pickup truck allegedly called him a terrorist and told him to “go back to your country” before hitting him with the vehicle and dragging his body several feet, … Continue reading

Kew Gardens attorney indicted on sexual abuse charges: DA

An attorney from Kew Gardens was indicted on charges of sexually abusing a 16-year-old woman in exchange for money, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Eyal Katzman, 56, was charged in a seven-count indictment with engaging in a criminal sexual act, patronizing a prostitute, endangering the welfare of a child and sexual abuse after the 2012 incident, the DA said. Brown said a teenage girl who was friends with the 16-year-old victim asked her sometime between October and November 2012 … Continue reading

Boro project battles human trafficking

Borough leaders lauded a new initiative this week that will help victims of human trafficking seek the help they need without the red tape. The Queens Human Trafficking Intervention Court teamed up with Mayor Bill de Blasio’s office and the Sanctuary for Families to launch the Pro-Bono Project with the goal of giving foreign-born victims free legal representation on immigration law matters through U- and T-Visas or asylum. Under the new project, a total six pro-bono attorneys at the Queens … Continue reading

Robbery turns fatal in Richmond Hill

Two men from south Queens were arrested and charged with murder on July 16 in the fatal beating and robbery of a Richmond Hill man, ending a crime spree by the suspects that began in early June, the district attorney’s office said. Nestor Rodriguez, 20, of Woodhaven, and Carlos Genno, 22, of Ozone Park, allegedly attacked Nazmul Islam, 55, a leader of the U.S chapter of the Bangladeshi ruling party, in Richmond Hill on July 9, Queens District Attorney Richard … Continue reading