Category Archives: Crime

Two Men Plead Guilty to Robbery Charges in Antoniello Murder

Two of the men involved in the 2009 botched home invasion that resulted in the murder of a beloved Ozone Park native pleaded guilty this week to robbery charges in connection with the homicide that rocked a community, according to Preet Bharara, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York. Both Antoine Burroughs and Leon Whitfield on Monday pleaded guilty to one count of robbery conspiracy and one count of attempted robbery. They are scheduled to be sentenced on … Continue reading

Ozone Park Teen Allegedly Lured Man into Murder Trap

An Ozone Park girl this week was remanded into custody after she was charged with first-degree manslaughter for her alleged role in the shooting death of a man on a Glendale street early Sunday morning, according to authorities and published reports. Jordan Paulino, 17, was additionally arraigned Monday night on one count of second-degree hindering prosecution and one count of conspiracy in the fourth degree. Paulino was allegedly sitting in the passenger seat of Jordan Santos’s Lexus SUV when a … Continue reading

Passenger Caught with Weapons at LaGuardia Airport

A Manhattan man last Thursday morning was arrested by Port Authority Police after being detained by Transportation Security Administration officers at a LaGuardia Airport checkpoint where they detected a hatchet, folding knife and brass knuckles among his carry-on items, according to TSA officials. The officers contacted PA cops, who confiscated the items and cuffed the man on state weapons charges. The incident, a TSA spokeswoman said, serves as a reminder that passengers are responsible for the contents of bags they … Continue reading

Flushing Man Convicted in 1980 Cold Case Murder

A Flushing man last week was found guilty of murder in the strangulation death of an elderly man in his home nearly 35 years ago, according to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown. Ernest Mattison, 52, was convicted last Thursday of second-degree murder after a two-week trial and three hours of jury deliberations. According to trial testimony, Mattison lived around the corner from the Schiff family. On Sept. 10, 1980, the victim’s wife returned home from the store and found her … Continue reading

Teen Attacked with Bat in Woodhaven Park

Cops this week were still investigating an incident in Equity Park in Woodhaven in which a 14-year-old boy was beaten with a baseball bat, according to police and a city parks activist. The boy was jumped last Thursday evening inside the 91st Street park by three other teens who fled on foot, said Geoffrey Croft in a Friday afternoon post on his A Walk in the Park blog. The victim was rushed to Jamaica Hospital Medical Center with head injuries. … Continue reading

Woman Pleads Guilty to Tossing Man in Front of Train

A Rego Park woman last week admitted to shoving a man to his death as a 7 train entered a Sunnyside station in December, 2012, according to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown. Erika Menendez, 33, pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter, and will be sentenced to anywhere between 22 and 25 years in prison, for pushing Sunnando Sen, 46, from behind onto the tracks as the train came into the 40th Street-Lowery Street station. Sen, an Indian immigrant and print shop … Continue reading

As New Commander Takes Over, 102nd Pct. Crime Numbers Hold Steady

A new commanding officer may be settling into his seat at the 102nd Precinct stationhouse, but the crime story remains the same. The latest CompStat figures show that most—five out of seven—of the major felony categories are again down, compared to this time last year. Only murder and grand larceny auto have increased during the same period. There have been two murders this year in the precinct that serves the communities of Kew Gardens, Richmond Hill, Woodhaven, and the northern … Continue reading

No Jail Time for Former Execs in South Ozone Park Nonprofit Scam

Two former executives of a South Ozone Park nonprofit last week avoided jail time as they were sentenced for conspiring to steal funds from the organization in 2013, according to state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. Chan Jamoona, 68, and daughter Veda Jamoona, 30, were convicted last November for trying to take more than $50,000 from a lunch program for senior citizens run by the nonprofit United Hindu Cultural Council of USA North America Inc. by falsifying documents with another defendant, … Continue reading

Unlicensed Cab Driver Hauled in for Hustling Fares at JFK

An unlicensed livery cab driver last weekend was arraigned on charges that he allegedly solicited fares at John F. Kennedy International Airport, according to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown. Barnabas Laurent, 47, of Brentwood, Long Island, was arraigned on charges of third-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument, second-degree criminal impersonation, third-degree criminal trespass and unlawful solicitation of ground transportation. Laurent is being held in lieu of $500 bail. According to the criminal complaint, Laurent was seen approaching numerous passengers at … Continue reading

Cops Catch Trio Allegedly Stealing Car Parts in Howard Beach

Anticrime Unit cops in the 106th Precinct this week nabbed three men who allegedly stole all four rims and tires off a car in Howard Beach, according to police. The plainclothes officers allegedly caught Emanuel Rios, Jamie Agustin and Alex Elicer, all 25 years old, in the act around 3:30 a.m. Tuesday morning on 88th Street near 157th Avenue. Each defendant was arraigned on charges of third-degree criminal possession of stolen property, third-degree criminal trespass, criminal mischief in the third … Continue reading

Senate Passes Comprehensive Sex Offender Legislation Package

The state Senate earlier this month approved a package of legislation designed to provide better protection for children and victims of sexual assault from sex offenders, according to Sen. Joe Addabbo, Jr. (D-Howard Beach). The series of bills consists of initiatives that would prohibit sex offenders who are on parole, on probation or conditionally discharged from being within 1,000 feet of a child daycare facility whenever anyone under 18 years of age is on the premises; allow the state’s searchable … Continue reading

Man Charged in Gunpoint Rape of Spa Worker

A College Point man last week was charged with rape in a gunpoint attack on a spa worker at an unlicensed massage parlor in Bayside, according to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown. Luis Jessup, 37, was arraigned last Thursday night and charged with first-degree rape, second-degree criminal sexual act, second-degree menacing and fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon. Jessup is being held in lieu of $50,000 bail and his next court date is March 20. According to the criminal complaint, Jessup … Continue reading

FEMA Admits Fraud

Local lawmakers are calling the Federal Emergency Management Agency “dishonest” after an executive there admitted to having seen evidence of fraud in reports used to deny Sandy victims full insurance payouts.  Thousands of homeowners’ claims were denied after the hurricane hit in October of 2012. FEMA’s National Flood Insurance Program, currently in debt to the U.S. Treasury by about $23 billion, oversees private insurance companies, which have been allegedly using engineers to create false reports and/or alter existing reports to indicate minimal … Continue reading

Concession Robber Convicted, Faces up to 25 Years

A 23-year-old Queens man has been convicted after a jury trial of robbing a Rockaway boardwalk concession at gunpoint in September 2013, after having worked at the stand all summer. DA Richard Brown identified the defendant as George Spigner, 23, of Arverne. A jury this week convicted the defendant of first-degree robbery and third-degree grand larceny following a two-week long trial before Queens Supreme Court Justice Gregory L. Lasak, who will sentence the defendant on April 22, 2015. Spigner is … Continue reading

Teacher Admits Abusing Boys, Ducks Jail Time

A former public school computer teacher last week pleaded guilty to charges involving the sexual abuse of four young boys in his classroom on multiple occasions before his removal from the school, according to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown. Wilbur Cortez, 52, of Rego Park, was the computer teacher at PS 174 located at 65-10 Dieterle Crescent in Rego Park, where the incidents occurred in spring 2007, and then over the course of the 2010-2011 school year and the fall … Continue reading