Category Archives: Crime

Grand Jury Investigating Gang Tied to Home Invasions: Report

A federal grand jury has been impaneled and is investigating a crew with ties to the mob that is allegedly responsible for the recent spate of home invasion robberies in south Queens communities, according to an exclusive online report. Sources have indicated to Gang Land News’ Jerry Capeci that prosecutors seeking an indictment have been presenting evidence and witnesses to a grand jury about “dozens” of violent robberies in which masked intruders beat victims, force them to strip naked and … Continue reading

Asaro Sentenced in ‘Goodfellas’ Ozone Park Hit

A Mafia scion recently was sentenced to more than seven years in federal prison for his role in a mob hit carried out in Ozone Park by a brutal gangster who was immortalized in the seminal film “Goodfellas,” according to published reports. Jerome Asaro, 56, pleaded guilty last October to accessory after the fact, and appeared in court in late March to receive his term for digging up the remains of mob associate Paul Katz, which had been interred under … Continue reading

106th Cops of the Month Put Dent in Auto Crimes

The three 106th Precinct Cops of the Month for March earned the honors by doing their part to stem the tide of auto crimes in the area, according to their appreciative commanding officer, who pointed out that he had never bestowed the awards to more than two officers in one month. “Because we had such a problem, I had to give it to all three,” said Deputy Inspector Jeffrey Schiff. “The whole team did a great job. It was the … Continue reading

Crime Chat: Identity Theft

Among the fastest growing crimes in our digital world today is identity theft. Perhaps because much of our world is now digitally-based from computers to cell phones, the availability of what was once private and personal information is far more accessible to creative and motivated thieves. Constant vigilance concerning your personal financial information and status is therefore required. In 2013, over thirteen million Americans were victims of identity theft, with an estimate of one person being victimized every two seconds, … Continue reading

Man Convicted of Sex Abuse in Ozone Park

A borough resident this week was convicted of having sexual contact with two pre-adolescence sisters on five separate occasions in their Ozone Park home in 2009 and 2013, according to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown. Melchor Evangelista, 42, was convicted on Monday of three counts of first-degree criminal sexual act and one count each of first-degree attempted rape, first-degree sexual abuse, first-degree attempted sexual abuse and endangering the welfare of a child. According to trial testimony, Evangelista engaged in a … Continue reading

Crooks Rip ATM out of Cross Bay Key Food

Confident crooks this week ripped an entire automated teller machine unit out of a Howard Beach supermarket, causing damage and stealing an unknown amount of cash, police said. The bandits “broke a glass rear door” at the Key Food on Cross Bay Boulevard in the early morning hours of Monday, “removed an ATM, loaded it onto a truck” and sped away, according to authorities. Store Manager Giancarlo Carlo said that he was first notified of the matter as he was … Continue reading

Tire Thieves Strike Again in Howard Beach

While authorities seemed to make strides recently in putting a dent in the epidemic of stolen tires and rims in the area, thieves this week struck once again, this time on 158th Avenue in Howard Beach. The bandits boosted the two driver side wheels off a brand-new, jet-black Infiniti sedan as the vehicle sat in front of the owner’s house. By the time the owner realized what had happened, the car was precariously propped up on a single black milk … Continue reading

Liquor Store Owner Charged with Tax Fraud

The chairman and chief executive officer of a Richmond Hill liquor store last week was charged with stealing more than $500,000 in state sales taxes collected at the establishment between 2007 and 2010, according to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown. Gurcharan Singh, 33, of Glen Oaks, who owns and operates Raj American Liquor, Inc., on Atlantic Avenue, was released on his own recognizance last Thursday night after he was arraigned on charges of second-degree criminal tax fraud, second-degree grand larceny, … Continue reading

Man Convicted in Shooting Death of Woman During Robbery

A Jamaica man last week was found guilty of murder and other charges in connection with the shooting death of a young newlywed during a robbery in March 2011, according to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown. Rohan Hankerson, 23, was convicted last Wednesday of one count of second-degree murder, one count of first-degree robbery, two counts of second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, two counts of fourth-degree criminal possession of a stolen property and eight counts of fifth-degree criminal possession … Continue reading

Cops Nab Duo in Alleged Armed Mugging; Gun not Recovered

Police on Tuesday nabbed a pair of alleged muggers who robbed a man at gunpoint in Richmond Hill, but the weapon used in the attack has not been recovered, authorities said. Paul Cempeda-Ortiz, 22, and Antonio Ramos, 21, were both charged with second-degree robbery. According to cops, Cempeda-Ortiz and Ramos allegedly approached a man on the corner of 118th Street and 97th Avenue. One of them pulled a black gun on the victim and “forcibly removed” his wallet from his … Continue reading

Man Convicted of Assaulting Cops after Car Chase

A Brooklyn man last week was found guilty of assault and other charges in a June 2014 incident in which he led police on a high-speed chase from Queens to Manhattan and back, according to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown. Maurice McArthur, 27, was convicted last Wednesday of second-degree assault, third-degree unlawful fleeing a police officer in a motor vehicle, second-degree reckless endangerment, second-degree obstructing governmental administration and resisting arrest after a two-week jury trial. According to trial testimony, officers … Continue reading

Jamaica Women Charged in Alleged Terror Plot to Obtain WMDs

Two Jamaica women last week were arrested by federal agents for conspiring to use a weapon of mass destruction against persons or property in the United States, according to Loretta Lynch, the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York. Noelle Velentzas, 28, and Asia Siddiqui, 31, appeared before a magistrate judge for the first time last Thursday. According to Lynch, as alleged in the complaint, the women have repeatedly expressed their support for violent jihad. In or about 2009, … Continue reading

Jamaica Man Convicted of Murder in Botched Carjacking

A Jamaica man last week was found guilty in a September 2011 carjacking that turned deadly when the defendant stabbed the vehicle’s driver in the neck, according to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown. Spencer Sands, Jr., 38, was convicted last Thursday of second-degree felony murder, first- and second-degree robbery, third-degree criminal possession of a weapon and third-degree criminal possession of stolen property after a two-week bench trial. According to trial testimony, Sands and co-defendant Misty Wilson, 30, sat with the … Continue reading

Suspected Shooter in Casino Melee in Custody

The suspected shooter who allegedly fired rounds in the parking lot as a melee raged inside Resorts World Casino in South Ozone Park last Friday is now in police custody, officials said on Tuesday. Jaquan Roberts, 22, turned himself into authorities, and according to a New York Daily News report has been charged with attempted assault and criminal possession of a weapon. Police said surveillance video shows Roberts firing shots toward the casino, which opened its doors in October, 2011. … Continue reading

Crime Chat: Avoid Becoming a Victim of Car Dealer Finance Fraud; Consumer Tips for Buying a Used Car

If you have ever purchased a vehicle, you know that the experience can be exciting as well as stressful. Unfortunately, as in all lines of work, there are unscrupulous used car dealers. One scam that we have seen on the increase involves a dealer finance representative tricking an unwary prospective vehicle purchaser into taking out a loan that includes hidden fees on the vehicle that can cost the purchaser thousands of dollars more than he or she intended to pay … Continue reading