Category Archives: Crime

Howard Beach Homeowner Offers Reward for Stolen Statue

A distraught New Howard Beach homeowner this week reached out to The Forum for some assistance in tracking down a decorative statue that was snatched from his property about a month ago. Rocco, who asked that his last name not be published for the safety and security of his family, said that he is offering a $100 reward for the return of the statue, which he indicated is now impossible to replace because the Long Island manufacturer no longer produces … Continue reading

Borough Keeping Buildings Department Busy

It seems that Queens continues to keep the city Department of Buildings very busy. That was the story Tuesday night at the Community Board 9 meeting as DOB officials detailed how active the borough is with complaints, inspections and penalties. “In the city, there were 278 access warrants [filed] last fiscal year,” said Anthony Iuliano, director of intergovernmental affairs for the DOB, referring to building-inspection documents, “Two hundred seventy two were in Queens.” Iuliano also noted that illegal curb cuts … Continue reading

Ulrich, QEDC Announce Anti-Graffiti Program

After surveying the transformed brick wall—minutes earlier covered in various forms of graffiti, now barely showing the healed scars from years of illegal paint jobs—an obviously impressed City Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) captured the moment. “Now you see it,” he remarked as a worker turned off a powerwasher, “now you don’t.” Civic leaders and business owners joined Ulrich on Wednesday in front of the brick wall on the corner of 101st Street and Jamaica Avenue to tout a new … Continue reading

Ridgewood Man Charged in Attempted Murder of Cab Driver

A Ridgewood man was arraigned this week and charged with stabbing and carjacking a livery cab driver hours after robbing a grocery store at knifepoint, the Queens District Attorney said. Kenneth Suden, 41, is facing charges stemming from two criminal complaints—one charging him with second-degree attempted murder, first-degree assault, first-degree robbery and fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon; and the other one charging him with first-degree robbery. Bail was set Tuesday evening at $500,000 bond or $250,000 cash, according to … Continue reading

Crime Down, Arrests Up in Busy 106th Pct.

To date this year, crime is down overall in the 106th Precinct, but arrests are up as officers respond to a record number of calls, according to the command’s top cop. Deputy Inspector Jeff Schiff, commanding officer of the 106th Precinct, said that while crime is down about 2 percent, arrests are up approximately 24 percent compared to this period last year. “It’s a small decrease [in crime], but it’s a decrease,” said Schiff Tuesday night at the Howard Beach-Lindenwood … Continue reading

Squatters Kicked to the Curb as Cops Padlock House of Horrors

“And don’t come back!” Two well-known area vagrants were treated to that chorus by more than one neighbor last Thursday night as they ambled off the block after authorities forced them out of the Howard Beach house that area residents said has been a haven for prostitution, drug dealing, violence and other crimes for the past two years. Vice cops from the 106th Precinct and Queens District Attorney’s Office investigators, performing a nuisance abatement around 9 p.m., booted Amanda Miller, … Continue reading

Marred Mailboxes Are Community Eyesores

At least two blue US Postal Service mailboxes have become sources of disdain in the communities of Ozone Park and Howard Beach, and the agency pledged to the Forum this week to make them right again. The mailbox located on the corner of 97th Street and 133rd Avenue in Ozone Park is covered in bird feces, nearly from top to bottom, and a bird carcass was left this week right next to it. The condition of the mailbox and the … Continue reading

Cuomo Calls for Agencies to Bolster Terror Security

While reassuring New Yorkers that there is no “credible threat” to their public safety, but still obviously concerned by ISIS activities abroad, Gov. Andrew Cuomo late last week directed the heads of several agencies to increase security at mass transit sites across the Big Apple. Cuomo met with legislative leaders Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver (D-Manhattan), state Senate Majority Co-Leader Dean Skelos (R-Long Island) and state Senate Majority Co-Leader Jeff Klein (D-Bronx) last Friday to announce a coordinated increase in law … Continue reading

TSA at JFK Busts Woman with 2 guns, 350 rounds of ammo, 58 bricks of marijuana

  Transportation Security Administration officers got quite the surprise on Sunday when they opened two pieces of checked luggage at John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) on Sunday The suitcases were jam-packed with cans and boxes for baby wipes, coffee, floor dusting sheets, lemonade mix, iced tea mix, a box of cat litter and a box of laundry tablets. But none of those boxes or cans contained the products on the labels.   Instead, TSA officers detected two disassembled .40 … Continue reading

Brazen Crook Robs Cross Bay Capital One Bank

Cops on Wednesday were still searching for a bold thief the day after he robbed an area bank branch in broad daylight. The suspect walked into the Capital One bank on Cross Bay Boulevard near 156th Avenue on Tuesday around 11 a.m. and passed a threatening note to a teller before fleeing the bank and driving away in a car that was double-parked outside of the branch, according to Police Officer Sophia Mason. He stole several thousand dollars in cash … Continue reading

Jogger Attacked, Robbed in Latest Forest Park Assault

    A female jogger was attacked and robbed last week in Forest Park, police officials said; and while cops quickly determined the latest incident to not be part of the recent disturbing spate of sexual assaults, security at the large borough green space remained on high alert. The woman was attacked last Tuesday evening around 6:15 p.m. as she jogged along the horse trails in the park near Myrtle Avenue and Park Lane South, according to Deputy Inspector Henry … Continue reading

Dozens of Alleged Borough Gang Members Indicted

A grand jury this week handed up indictments against more than 30 alleged borough gang members on charges of conspiring to murder two rival gang members and conspiring to commit robberies in order to raise bail money for an alleged gang leader on Rikers Island. The 31 defendants, who range in age from 15 to 22, are reputed members of SNOW, Loyalty Over Everything and Young Bosses street gangs. Seventeen defendants have been charged in the retaliation-murder plot; while the … Continue reading

Two Murderers Get Life Sentences

Two men in separate homicide cases were sentenced last week to 25 years to life in prison. Andrew Caballero, 39, of Flushing, and Karma Sonam, 20, of Astoria, received their terms on Wednesday. Caballero’s attorney, Robert Didio, indicated that he has filed a notice of appeal on behalf of his client to get the ball rolling on having the verdict overturned. Sonam’s lawyer, Warren Silverman, also began the appeal process; however since he was assigned to Sonam’s case by the … Continue reading

Queens Man Impersonates Dead Brother

New York State Acting Welfare Inspector General Catherine Leahy Scott and Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown today announced the arrest of a Queens man who was charged with defrauding federal, state and city government agencies of more than $581,000 in welfare benefits from 1994 to 2013. He allegedly did so by impersonating his twin brother, who died in 1962 shortly after his birth. “This is an outrageous theft of benefits, moneys that are intended for those truly in need,” … Continue reading

Cops Hunt Queens Center Perv

Police this week were still searching for a man they say sexually assaulted two women inside Queens Center Mall last Thursday. Cops said that around 3 p.m. the suspect approached a 25-year-old female employee of a clothing store inside the Elmhurst mall, placed his hand along her legs and grabbed her genital area over her clothing. He then fled the scene, but approximately five minutes later, he approached a 34-year-old female from behind, put his arms around her waist and … Continue reading