Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Uptown Manhattan Rapist Strikes Again

From myfoxny.com:
The New York Police Department says that a rapist who has been robbing and attacking women in neighborhoods of Upper Manhattan has struck again, this time forcing his way into a woman's apartment.

The 28-year-old woman says the man broke into her home around 1 a.m., raped her at knifepoint, and then robbed her.

Police describe the man as black, in his 30s, with a medium build, about 5'9" to 6'. During one of the attacks, he was wearing black hooded sweatshirt, blue jeans, and white sneakers with red stripes on the sole.


Incident #1: Saturday, August 1, 2009, 2:45 a.m., in the vicinity of West 148 Street and Broadway, the suspect grabbed the victim, F/W/59, dragged her into an alleyway where he sexually assaulted her and robbed her at knifepoint.

Incident #2: Monday, August 10, 2009, 1:55 a.m., in the vicinity of West 144 Street and Convent Avenue, the suspect followed the victim, F/W/23, into an elevator where he sexually assaulted her and robbed her.

Incident #3: Tuesday, August 18, 2009, 4 a.m., in the vicinity of West 158 Street and Riverside Drive, the suspect followed the victim, F/W/69, into an elevator of a residential building where he raped and robbed her.

Incident #4: Monday, September 7, 2009, 1 a.m., in the vicinity of West 147 Street and Saint Nicholas Avenue, the victim, F/A/28, says the attack happened in her place of residence after the suspect entered the apartment and threatened the victim with a knife. After the assault the suspect fled with USC and personal property.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto Crime Stoppers Web site at www.nypdcrimestoppers.com or by texting their tips to CRIMES (274637), then enter TIP577.

Deadly duel ends love triangle as Brooklyn woman's live-in boyfriend attacks her homeless lover

Catalina Hernandez is scolded by her mom, Catalina Ocasio, after deadly love triangle

From the Daily News by Mark Lebetkin and Jonathan Lemire:

A feud between a Brooklyn woman's two beaus came to a bloody end as her live-in boyfriend plunged a knife into the chest of her homeless lover, police said Sunday.

Catalina Hernandez, the woman at the center of the violent love triangle, said that Michael Lebron walked from his shelter to her Bedford-Stuyvesant apartment at 10:30 p.m. Saturday and screamed for her on-again, off-again boyfriend to show himself.

"[He yelled] 'I ain't no p---y!'" Hernandez, 24, told the Daily News yesterday. "'I'm going to kill you; we're going to finish this tonight.'"

Pedro Marquez (pictured above), the father of one of Hernandez's five children, leaned out her Mother Gaston Blvd. apartment window and accepted the challenge, the shaken woman said.

"Let's see who's going to die tonight!" Marquez shouted in Spanish, according to Hernandez. "He said, 'One of us got to die. One of us got to die.'"

Marquez, 46, emerged from the apartment building holding a kitchen knife and ran toward Lebron, police and witnesses said.

Lebron, 40, staggered backward to pick up an orange traffic cone to defend himself - but the cone was bolted to the sidewalk, neighbors said.

Marquez stabbed his romantic rival several times in the chest, police said.

Hernandez held Lebron's hand as he was put in an ambulance, but he died minutes later at Brookdale University Hospital.

"[Pedro] just went at him and killed him," Hernandez said.

Marquez was charged with murder and criminal possession of a weapon.

From a holding cell at the 73rd Precinct, Marquez allegedly penned an apologetic letter to Hernandez.

"I'm sorry for what happened, but that's life," Marquez wrote in the letter, which Hernandez translated from its original Spanish and read to The News. "Cathy, if you only knew how much I love you," she read. "You fulfill my heart."

Investigators said Lebron was living in a shelter after he was thrown out of his home by his fiancée, who visited the murder scene yesterday to berate Hernandez.

Hernandez, however, defended both of the men vying for her affections.

"Mike knew how to treat a woman. He was just trying to show me regular love," Hernandez said.

"But Pedro's not a bad person. He was just filled with rage and jealousy."


So much for packing a, um, rod

From the NY Post by Jamie Schram:

It's a lesson he should have learned from Plaxico Burress -- but this was worse.

A 15-year-old Brooklyn boy shot himself in the penis Sunday after fumbling with a gun that had slid from his waistband, authorities said yesterday.

Khamir Grant was then arrested for reckless endangerment and criminal possession of a weapon -- the same charges levied against Burress, who shot himself at a Manhattan nightclub in 2008, law-enforcement sources said.

Grant told cops that he was walking home from Amersfort Park at East 39th Street and Avenue J in East Flatbush around 1:30 a.m., when the gun began to fall into his pants, sources said.

When Grant grabbed for it, he accidentally pulled the trigger, firing a bullet right through his penis.

Grant staggered home and told his mom what had happened, sources said.

They took a livery car to Kings County Hospital, where Grant was released after treatment and then arrested by police.


Arrest In Body Found In Bag Case

From myfoxny.com by Kathy Carvajal:
Cops Say Alleged Killer and Victim Dated

A man has been arrested in the gruesome death of a teenager from Brooklyn.

Darrell Spencer, 23, of The Bronx faces murder charges for allegedly stabbing Jamia Hazel, 17, to death.

Police say they pair had a romantic relationship.

Officers found her body while responding to a call of possible human remains in an alley behind 1695 Walton Avenue on Sunday.

Off-duty firefighter critical after attack by thugs

From the Daily News by Jonathan Lemire:

An off-duty firefighter was in critical condition Monday night after he was savagely beaten while defending his girlfriend in the Staten Island ferry terminal, police said.

Matthew Dugan, 34, underwent emergency surgery at the New York Downtown Hospital to relieve swelling on the brain he suffered after he was pummeled by three assailants, officials said.

"We're hoping he's going to be okay," said a firefighter at the hospital late yesterday who asked that his name not be used. "He's out of surgery."

Investigators were reviewing surveillance video that showed two men and a woman running from the terminal in the moments after the brawl, police said.

Dugan, who is assigned to Ladder 15 near the South Street Seaport, had been drinking with his girlfriend at a lower Manhattan bar before they walked to the terminal to catch the 1:30 a.m. ferry to Staten Island, the sources said.

Though the moments immediately preceding the fight remain under investigation, witnesses told cops that Dugan's girlfriend tripped and fell, and things heated up when the three passersby started laughing, sources said.

Dugan, who has been with the FDNY for three years, and the trio then exchanged words, and the fight quickly escalated, sources said.

The firefighter was knocked to the ground and his attackers continued to punch and kick him, witnesses told police.

Though Dugan did not lose consciousness, he was bleeding heavily from his face and mouth, witnesses said.

It was not immediately clear who threw the first punch, sources said. It was also not known if anything was taken from Dugan or his girlfriend.

A steady stream of firefighters visited Dugan at the hospital, where he was resting in the intensive care unit late yesterday.

Dugan's girlfriend was not injured during the fight.


With Kerry Burke

Bx. dad dies in Jet Ski horror

From the NY Post by By John Doyle and Larry Celona:

A Bronx family's holiday Jet Ski outing yesterday ended in a crash that killed a father in front of his horrified teenage daughter and niece, authorities said.

Nelson Aquilar, 37, was riding with his 14-year-old daughter, Ashley, in Eastchester Bay near Co-op City at around 4 p.m. when their craft suddenly stalled.

They were then accidentally rammed from behind by a second Jet Ski carrying his niece, Raina Romero, 16, and another teen, Arianne Chavez, 14, authorities said.

A mortally injured Aquilar and the girls were picked up by a private towboat and taken to nearby Goose Island.

Two firefighters from FDNY Marine 4 rushed to the tiny island by boat.

The tow craft went back to the mainland and picked up five more firefighters and two paramedics. The craft took them to the uninhabited island, where they stabilized the victims and brought them back to shore.

But Aquilar was in cardiac arrest. It was not immediately clear whether he had been stricken before or after the accident.

He died at Jacobi Hospital.

His heartbroken wife, Bernice Mariscale, said only, "He was a very good man," before breaking down in tears at the hospital.

The girls also were taken to Jacobi, where doctors said their injuries were not life-threatening.

Aquilar lived next to the Evers Marina, where the family had started its day, sources said.

They were Jet Skiing in the shallow waters around Goose Island when the accident occurred, the sources said.

Additional reporting by Philip Messing and Candace Amos


Feds: Ponzi Scheme Had Porn Link

From myfoxny.com by David B. Caruso from the AP:
Federal authorities say a Brooklyn man ran a Ponzi scheme that ripped off investors for 31 years by diverting their money from stocks to ventures including a mail-order pornography business.

Philip Barry was arraigned Tuesday on securities fraud charges.

Prosecutors and the Securities and Exchange Commission say the businessman had about 800 clients who had given him $40 million since the late 1970s.

The SEC says Barry secretly sunk much of the money into bad real estate deals but also used some client money to run a side business that sold "pornographic materials."

Barry has previously told reporters that his real estate investments were legitimate and that he is still trying to earn a profit for his clients.

Bullets fly at Brooklyn barbeque, leaving two men dead and two injured

From the Daily News by Barry Paddock, Henrick Karoliszyn AND Jonathan Lemire:

An all-night barbecue celebrating the West Indian Day Parade ended in bloodshed early this morning, leaving two men dead and two others injured, police and witnesses said.

Partygoers ran in panic when the gunshots rang out at 5:45 a.m. at the seemingly peaceful gathering held in an alley on Chester St. in Brownsville.

Three men were shot, two fatally, according to police. Friends identified one of the victims as Marvin Brown, a construction worker who just finished taking classes to become an ambulance driver.

"He was a great guy," said his friend Patrick Hinds, 25. "There's nothing you couldn't not like about him - a great person."

Brown, 25, was shot in the head and died almost instantly, his body toppling to the concrete littered with beer cans and paper plates left behind by revelers.

"I heard the shots [and] I came out," said neighbor Paula Brown, who is not related to the dead man. "I just seen people running."

A second man, whose name was not immediately released, was shot in the chest and died a short time later at Brookdale Hospital, police said.

A third man was shot in the leg and listed in stable condition at Brookdale Hospital. Police said the fourth man injured was punched in the face but not shot.

Investigators were not certain what triggered the gunfire, but Brown's loved ones were convinced that the South Shore High School graduate was not the intended target.

"There had to be a mistake," said his girlfriend Renee Brady, 21, of Brownsville.

"He was good," said Brady, weeping. "He was the one telling people not to be violent. They killed him."

Born in Jamaica, Brown split his time between New York and London, where his mother lives, his friends said. He had worked several jobs to put himself through the classes needed to fulfill his goal of driving an ambulance for an area hospital, they said.

"He was friendly, quiet," said Sasha Clarke, a former high school classmate. "He doesn't give no trouble. He liked to play ball [and] liked going to a party with his friends."

Party-goers were stunned that the barbecue, a annual precursor to the parade, ended in violence.

"The vibe was cool - everybody knows everybody," said Stacey Smith, 23. "Everybody's talking and laughing. It was family and friends, and I guess it just got a little out of hand."

The West Indian Day parade, held Monday along Eastern Parkway in Brooklyn, has been marred by violence several times in recent years, including non-fatal shootings in 2007 and 2006, and a homicide in 2005.

Thugs bash cop with tire iron

From the Daily News by John Lauinger:

A Queens cop had to have his face rebuilt by doctors after he was savagely beat down in a road-rage fight by three thugs, including one wielding a tire iron, relatives and friends said.

Officer Damian Bartels, 28, who works out of the NYPD's 112th Precinct, was off duty when he got into a traffic dispute Aug. 29 while driving back to his Queens home after a night in Manhattan, a relative confirmed.

Bartels, who was with his girlfriend and a cousin, had just crossed over the Queensboro Bridge into Queens when a car cut him off. He got out of the car to confront the driver and the trio "attacked" him, said the relative, who asked that his name not be used.

Bartels was initially taken to a Queens hospital, but he was transferred to New York-Presbyterian Hospital Weill Cornell, where an operation was performed Friday.

"They reconstructed his nose, his jaw and his two eye sockets," the relative said, noting that Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly visited Bartels in the hospital.

Police were unable to provide any information about the attack last night or the investigation into it.

At St. Stanislaus Kostka Catholic Church in Maspeth, Queens, yesterday, the Rev. Paul Wood asked congregants to pray for the injured officer.

"I have been saying prayers for him," Wood said.


Sunday, September 6, 2009

State Pols Using Campaign Funds for Almost Anything They Want

From gothamist.com by Billy Parker:
How much do our elected officials in Albany get by on their salaries as legislators and how much of their regular expenditures come from campaign money raised for nonexistent election battles? The Daily News has an extensive piece today investigating just what state senators and assemblymen are using their campaign funds for—all within the scope of the law.

Campaign money is not supposed to be used for personal funds, but the last time a politician was nailed for violating that by the Board of Elections was 2005 when Brooklyn Assemblyman Clarence Norman cashed a $5,000 check made out to his campaign. A spokesman for the Board admits that they don't have the manpower to look into the over $6 million a year that comes into the campaigns run by members of the Senate and Assembly. Blair Horner of the NY Public Interest Research Group calls the law "too vague" and "a joke" and tells the paper, "The vast majority have no serious opposition. The vast majority of the money comes from interest groups. So what you have is Albany's lobbying elite subsidizing the lifestyle of elected officials."

Among the campaign expenditures the News uncovered in combing through over $19 million in contributions were:

  • Senate President Malcolm Smith—$1,241 at Pamper Me, a St. Albans spa on gift certificates for staff and supporters (a spokesperson denied Smith used any himself)
  • Senate Majority Leader John Sampson—$17,554 on three separate lines with bills running about $600 a month over the past two years (his treasurer said he has a "bad habit" of losing phones)
  • Senator Martin Golden—$134,090 on his family's Bay Ridge catering hall, used for official luncheons and service projects, such as giving flu shots to senior citizens
  • Senator Jeff Klein of the Bronx—$32,000 on food in the last two years (a staffer said, "He enjoys good food. He likes to eat well.")
  • Assemblyman Adam Clayton Powell IV of Harlem—$30,000 in meals, gas, stamps, tolls, parking and worldwide travel, uncluding thousands on a trip to Ireland ("to familiarize himself with Irish constituents")
  • Brooklyn Assemblyman Alec Brook-Krasny—$1,000 on small purchases in various European cities
  • Bronx Assemblyman Peter Rivera—$54,000 on his final year of Mercedes payments until upgrading to an Audi and continuing to use campaign funds to pay for that in 2007
When asked to discuss campaign financing by the News, Assemblyman Powell offered to take the reporter out to lunch on his campaign's dime and acknowledged he took staff out to eat all the time. Powell said, "It could be KFC, it could be a five-star restaurant. I'll take them out to lunch because I'm going to get reimbursed anyway." NYPIRG's Horner conclusion on the finance laws: "Enforcement is nonexistent. It's a disgrace."

Young woman shot dead at party in Queens; wounded by gunfire in same spot months ago

From the Daily News by Kerry Wills, Clare Trapasso, Wil Cruz and Joe Kemp:

A woman was killed early Saturday when bullets flew at a house party in Queens - just months after she was wounded in another shooting at the same location, police and witnesses said.

Shante Graham, 22, was shot in the chest when two gunmen in a black Nissan drove up to the party in Saint Albans about 12:20 a.m. and opened fire.

"She was running back toward the house, and they shot her," said Gavin Spence, 18, who saw the shooting at Nashville Ave. and 199th St. "She just fell to the ground."

Graham's mom, Arlette Graham, 44, said her daughter still had bullet fragments in her side from the March shooting.

"Shante was full of life and it was cut too short," said Graham.

Shante Graham was pronounced dead at Franklin Hospital about an hour after the shooting, sources said.

The gunmen drove off and were still being sought late Saturday. Cops found their vehicle on 118th St.

Two others at the party were wounded. Police said a 20-year-old woman walked into North Shore University Hospital with a graze wound to the head. A man in his 20s was shot in the hand and treated at Jamaica Hospital. Their names were not released.


With Sarah Armaghan

S.I. baseball-bat wielding neighbor rescues girl from abductor in woods

From the Daily News by Henrick Karoliszyn, Alison Gendar and Joe Kemp:

A baseball bat-wielding Staten Island homeowner was hailed as a hero after he chased away a man who dragged a 15-year-old girl into the woods, police and witnesses said.

Patrick Klatt, 51, was inside his Great Kills home Thursday night when he heard the young girl's screams from a wooded area across the street.

"He kept telling her to be quiet," Klatt said about the sicko. "[But] she yelled just loud enough for me to hear."

Klatt grabbed a baseball bat and ran out his door.

As he crossed the street, the man saw Klatt approaching and fled.

"I ran in the woods as he was running out," Klatt told the Daily News yesterday.

Ready to pursue the attacker, Klatt saw the young girl instead.

He stopped to help.

"I saw her halfway in and grabbed her by the hand," he said. "She was shaking, crying."

The teen told Klatt her attacker had grabbed her by the throat. She was hurt and her voice was raspy.

Klatt grabbed her hand and helped her to her feet.

"As long as you're with me, nobody's going to hurt you," Klatt assured the distraught teen as he led her out of the woods.

Klatt brought the frightened girl back to his house and told his brother to call 911.

The horrifying moment began as an innocent afternoon stroll for the young girl, who is not being identified because she's the victim of an attempted sexual assault.

As she walked to a friend's house, she passed a man on the street. He turned and began following her.

Suddenly, he grabbed the teen and dragged her into the woods, police and witnesses said.

Klatt said saving the young girl was not an act of heroism.

"I didn't want to make a big thing out of it," Klatt said. "I'm not a hero."

"I did what anyone should have done."

The teenager's family believes different - that Klatt saved the young girl's life.

"We are forever indebted to him," said a woman who identified herself as the girl's aunt.

"We've never met him, but he's a hero," she said, on the verge of tears. "We're so blessed with him helping."

The girl was treated for minor injuries from the attack. Her family said the attack was severely traumatic for the teenager.

"He [the attacker] was choking her quite a bit," the aunt said.

"It could have been a terrible tragedy" if Klatt had not acted, the aunt said.

The attacker is described as a Hispanic male, about 5-foot-5 and about 200 pounds.

He was wearing a red shirt, police and witnesses said.

Klatt said he never thought twice about saving the young girl.

"I'd do it again in a heartbeat," he said.


With Wil Cruz

Friday, September 4, 2009

Cop Shoots Suspect in Brooklyn

From myfoxny.com:
A police officer shot and critically wounded an armed suspect in Brooklyn Thursday night, according to the NYPD.

Cops responded to a robbery call on Ralph Avenue at about 6:45 p.m. When officers got there, a teenager told them that two men with a gun had tried to rob him, the NYPD said.

Officers searched the area for the suspects and radioed the information in.

Officers in a nearby patrol car at Marion Street and Howard Avenue spotted a man who fit the description and approached him. That's when cops spotted the man holding a Glock 10mm semiautomatic pistol, the NYPD said. One officer fired, hitting the suspect in the torso.

Medics took the wounded suspect to Kings County Hospital, where he was listed in critical condition Thursday night.

Police still seek a second suspect. The NYPD's Internal Affairs Bureau is investigating as it does for any shooting involving an officer.

Hate Crime task force hunting for thugs in epithet-filled attacks on Mexicans in Bronx

Fromthe Daily News by Mike Jaccarino and Bob Kappstatter:

It was fear and loathing on the streets of the west Bronx on Wednesday after a string of bias attacks on members of the local Mexican community.

A group of Hispanic males, believed to be Dominican, attacked a total of five men in the early morning hours over a three-day period, spewing anti-Mexican epithets, beating them and - in one case - stabbing one.

The NYPD's Hate Crime Task Force is pursuing the attackers, as locals in the Tremont neighborhood condemned the attacks.

"It's extremely upsetting," said Danny Martinez, a 19-year-old Bronxite of Mexican descent. "I live around here and to know that I may be in danger."

"It's abuse and racism," added Juana Ortega, 40. "I'm afraid, and, as a Mexican, I suffer with the people who were attacked."

Yesterday afternoon, local State Sen. Pedro Espada condemned the attacks as "hate crimes" and added $1,000 to a standing police reward of $2,000 for information leading to the arrest of the attackers.

"It's very disturbing," Espada said. "This kind of abuse knows no ethnic boundaries. It's against people perceived to have no power or rights."

The first attack occurred at 1:45 a.m. Saturday at 182nd St. and Grand Concourse when four men shouting anti-Mexican slurs chased and beat two 24-year-old men.

About 4 a.m. Sunday at 182nd St. and Walton Ave., a 53-year-old man was assaulted and stabbed in the torso by a group of five men. He was taken to Jacobi Hospital in stable condition.

Little over 24 hours later, several men pounced on a 47-year-old man outside a building on E. 181st St. He was taken Lincoln Hospital in stable condition.

Meanwhile, police were reaching out to the local community asking for their help with information.

"We're reaching out to the churches, which have a lot of Mexicans, to make them aware, to not be afraid to report crime to the police," said Detective Warren Thompson, the 46th Precinct community affairs officer. "There's a lot of fear - the same thing with Muslims, Africans and locals from other countries - they're afraid to go to the police because they're afraid the police will report them and they'll be deported. That's not the case. We don't function that way."

Police are asking anyone with information on the bias attacks to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS or log on to www.nypd-crimestoppers.com.


SEC: Madoff Investigations Incompetent

From myfoxny.com:
The watchdog of the Securities and Exchange Commission has found that three agency exams and two investigations of Bernard Madoff's business were incompetent, despite ample warnings of the multibillion-dollar fraud.

But SEC inspector general David Kotz's report found no evidence of any improper ties between agency officials and Madoff.

Despite speculation that senior SEC officials may have tried to influence the probes, a summary of Kotz's report also found no evidence of that.

Revelations in December of the agency's failure to uncover Madoff's massive Ponzi scheme over a decade touched off one of the most painful scandals in the agency's 75-year history.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Police dog sniffs out gunman, weapon

From the Daily News by Alison Gendar:

The nose knows.

In this case, the nose of NYPD K-9 Blaze could not be fooled.

The 7-year-old police dog was called into action on Tuesday to find a gunman who had ditched his weapon under a car near 225th St. and White Plains Road in the Bronx.

The gun-loving German shepherd picked up the discarded weapon in his mouth, and then, matching the scent on the weapon to the scent on the pavement, tracked the suspect more than a block and a half.

With his handler, Officer Benny Colecchia, at his side, Blaze zeroed in on a backyard on E. 227th St., where identical twins were playing dominos.

Earlier, Police Officer Isabelle De La Cruz and her partner, William Beissel, had gotten the call of a man with a gun on a city bus.

When they rolled up to 225th St. and White Plains Road, the gunman bolted. By the time De La Cruz found him in the backyard, the suspect had brought in his twin and set up the dominos.

Blaze followed the scent to Rahsheim Francis, 17, who was busted for weapon possession. The realistic weapon turned out to be a BB gun.

"That dog ... did his job," De La Cruz said.


From the NY Post by Brad Hamilton:
The Russian couple suspected in the disappearance of a court translator is now being eyed by investigators searching for a missing NYPD mechanic and a New Jersey man, The Post has learned.

FBI agents are looking into what happened to Michael Klein, a civilian employee who fixed cars for the Police Department and vanished after he sold defendant Dmitriy Yakovlev his home in Sea Gate, Brooklyn, three years ago.

They're also searching for a Russian man who lived in Newark and may have had ties to Yakovlev, according to a source with the US Attorney's Office who declined to reveal the missing man's name.

Dmitriy and Julia Yakovlev stand accused of swiping $43,475 from the bank account and credit card of translator Irina Malezhik (Photo-top left) after she disappeared from her Manhattan Beach home on Oct. 15, 2007.

Klein, who retired from the NYPD in 1992, went missing in 2006 after selling his Manhattan Avenue home to Dmitriy Yakovlev for more than $300,000, a prosecution source said.

None of his family has seen him or heard from him since, the source said.

Dmitriy, 41, has been behind bars since he and Julia, 35, were busted last month and charged with stealing Malezhik's identity. Julia is free on $500,000 bail.

The couple allegedly used money they stole from Malezhik, 47, to buy jewelry and watches.

Dimitriy's lawyer, Kenneth Russo, said the FBI's search produced no evidence against his client.

Asked about the two missing men, Russo said, "Right now, he's not charged in the disappearance of anybody."


Sunday, August 30, 2009

More Video of Serial Rapist in Upper Manhattan

From myfoxny.com:
The New York Police Department has released more security camera footage of a man suspected of robbing and raping three women in Upper Manhattan in August.

The women lived within blocks of each other, Commissioner Raymond Kelly said. All three were attacked as they arrived home at night.

Investigators are working on matching DNA evidence.

Police describe the man as black, in his 30s, with a medium build, about 5'9" to 6'. During one of the attacks, he was wearing black hooded sweatshirt, blue jeans, and white sneakers with red stripes on the sole.


Incident #1: Saturday, August 1, 2009, 2:45 a.m., in the vicinity of West 148 Street and Broadway, the suspect grabbed the victim, F/W/59, dragged her into an alleyway where he sexually assaulted her and robbed her at knifepoint.

Incident #2: Monday, August 10, 2009, 1:55 a.m., in the vicinity of West 144 Street and Convent Avenue, the suspect followed the victim, F/W/23, into an elevator where he sexually assaulted her and robbed her.

Incident #3: Tuesday, August 18, 2009, 4 a.m., in the vicinity of West 158 Street and Riverside Drive, the suspect followed the victim, F/W/69, into an elevator of a residential building where he raped and robbed her.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto Crime Stoppers Web site at www.nypdcrimestoppers.com or by texting their tips to CRIMES (274637), then enter TIP577.

DJ AM, Adam Goldstien, Daed at age 36 - Friends Say Plane Crash Took Toll on him

From gotamist.com by Jen Chung:
The NYC Medical Examiner's Office has completed an autopsy of celebrity DJ Adam Goldstein, known as DJ AM, whose body was found in his Soho apartment yesterday afternoon. According to TMZ, "There has been no determination as to the cause of death -- more tests are needed, including toxicology. That could take several weeks to complete." It's suspected that he may have died of a drug overdose, as a crack pipe and numerous prescription drugs were reportedly found near his body. Friends had become concerned when he didn't go to Las Vegas for a gig and called the authorities to Goldstein's $2 million apartment at 210 Lafayette Street (One Kenmare Square).

Goldstein, who previously battled drug addiction, had survived a private plane crash in South Carolina last year; four other people died and Goldstein and Blink-182's Travis Barker were the only survivors, suffering second- and third-degree burns. A friend, DJ Scott Schroer, told the Daily News, "Prescription drugs? If you had been in a plane crash a year ago, I'm sure you'd have prescription drugs, too... After the accident, he changed. He was more humble. He cared more about people and life." Another friend told the Post, "He was taking painkillers, and he slowly grew addicted," while a third told Fox News, "The need for drugs grew, and now here we are. It's terrible that no one was able to stop him soon enough, but it just happened so fast."

Besides DJing—he was "resident DJ" at the Palms Casino in Las Vegas and just played in Atlantic City last Saturday, telling the crowd, "Are you guys f**ked up tonight? I'm not."— and working on the video game DJ Hero, Goldstein was also working with MTV on a show about drug addiction and intervention called, Gone Too Far. He told Extra, "It's life or death, some of these people have come so close to dying, just as I did ... People were there for me when I asked for help, and I had no idea how to stop, so I'm there for them." Reportedly eight episodes of the show were completed.

2 Cop Cars Collide respoding to 911 Call

From myfoxny.com by Kathy Carvajal:
Four police officers with the NYPD were injured in a car collision on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.

Two police cruisers crashed at West 72nd Street and West End Avenue at around 2 a.m. on Friday.

Police say both units were responding to a knife assault when the accident occurred.

The police officers were treated at St. Luke's Hospital and are expected to recover.

Infant Found Dead - Cops: Mother Denies Birth

From myfoxny.com by Kathy Carvajal:

BROOKLYN, N.Y. - It's not clear how a baby, who was found dead in Brooklyn, passed away.

Police say a woman went to see a doctor on Saturday complaining of stomach pains.

After examining her, they discovered she had recently given birth.

The woman denied having delivered a child.

According to police, the baby's body was later found.

An investigation is underway.

No charged have been filed.

Staten Island man shoots wife, cats, says it was an 'accident,' then turns gun on self

From the Daily News by Edgar Sandoval, Alison Gendar AND Jonathan Lemire:

A Staten Island man called 911 Thursday morning and calmly admitted to fatally shooting his wife and their cat - moments before he turned the gun on himself, police sources said.

"I shot my wife," John Pizon, 52, told the 911 operator just before 10 a.m., claiming that the shooting was inadvertent.

"Yeah, it was an accident," said Pizon, "and I shot the cats too."

Pizon then assured the 911 operator he would leave the front door of their Bulls Head home open for emergency responders - but when police arrived moments later, they found him sprawled on the floor, dead of a gunshot wound to the head.

Karan Pizon, who was shot once in the back of the head, was rushed to Staten Island University Hospital North but died an hour later.

"I came out to see the woman being carried to the ambulance," said neighbor Robert Pacifici, 52. "She looked in bad shape.

"She was all wrapped up, bleeding," he said. "I felt horrible. It was pretty sad."

Investigators believe the couple was arguing over some recent financial struggles when John Pizon, a gun collector, reached for a .22-caliber pistol and opened fire. After gunning down his wife, he also fatally shot Midnight, the couple's black cat. They owned two other cats.

A police source said Pizon had a license for the handgun but it was not immediately clear why he was permitted to have the weapon.

The couple's financial records did not reveal any bankruptcy cases or outstanding debts, but neighbors said the Pizons had recently been worried about money.

"It is very shocking," said neighbor Franny Rizzi.

Neither Pizon had a criminal record and investigators had never before been called to their rented Goller Pl. apartment on a domestic dispute, police sources said.

Neighbors said Karan Pizon was always chatty when she was feeding her cats, but her husband, a plumber, kept to himself and devoted his free time to his gun collection.

"She was very sweet," said Valerie Lopiano, 42, who lived two doors down. "He was a little odd. He collected guns so my kids were not allowed inside the house."

Thug admits killing cabbie, says payback for drug theft

From the Daily News by Dorian Block:

A career criminal admitted gunning down a Bronx livery-cab driver in cold blood but claimed the slaying was in revenge for a botched drug deal, prosecutors said Tuesday.

Benny Delgado, 31, a paroled thug with a long rap sheet, told cops that he blasted cabbie Jose Peña-Segura, 42, because the hack's friend stole pills from one of his pals.

"We weren't able to find Jose's associate so we went after [Peña-Segura]," Delgado said, according to a statement read at his arraignment in Bronx Criminal Court yesterday.

Delgado, who has more than 20 arrests on his record, also confessed to shooting a Bronx drug dealer two days earlier in a fight over heroin, cops said.

In a one-man crime spree, Delgado robbed and shot Peña-Segura, a father of four, in the head on Sunday night after hailing his cab near St. Mary's Park in Mott Haven and telling him to go to a fake address, said prosecutors.

The cab hit two parked cars after the shooting, and Delgado fled the scene, said prosecutors.

Cops picked up Delgado in the park shortly afterward and found the .25-caliber gun tied to the crime.

Two other men were seen running from the scene of the killing, but no other arrests have been made, authorities said.

Delgado was arraigned and held without bail on first-degree murder and gun possession charges yesterday.

While being quizzed about the cabbie shooting, Delgado also confessed to shooting another Bronx man, John Latigua, also over drugs, two days earlier.

Delgado told cops that last Thursday, he went to pick up heroin on E. 146th St. from Latigua, and things got nasty, with Latigua nearly mowing him down during a drive-by shooting.

Delgado said he returned Friday for 25 bags of heroin and a healthy dose of payback, according to court documents.

"[Latigua] said he didn't give a f--- about us dope fiends," Delgado allegedly told prosecutors, according to a statement read during the arraignment. "I then took out my gun and shot him in the chest."

Latigua is in critical condition, awaiting surgery to repair a punctured lung.

Delgado was arraigned on attempted murder and weapons possession charges for that crime.

The thug was released from prison two years ago after serving a 12-year sentence on an attempted murder conviction.

Peña-Segura was the second livery-cab driver killed in a week in the Bronx.

Cabbie Amadou Ndiaye, 46, was murdered on Aug. 16 in Baychester.


Police identify suspected Seaport gunman

From the Daily News byJohn Lauinger:

Cops released a mug shot Wednesday of the suspected triggerman in a fatal shooting after a brawl on a party yacht near South Street Seaport over the weekend.

Londell Squire, 31, was identified by witnesses as the gunman who hunted down Omar Trent, 31, of Brooklyn, in a Seaport parking lot and shot him in the head early Saturday, police said.

The shooting marked a tragic ending to an alcohol-fueled melee at a birthday bash aboard the Atlantica, a multimillion-dollar yacht.

Squire is described as 5-feet-6, 140 pounds, with short black hair and hazel eyes. He has previous arrests for robbery, assault and marijuana possession, police said. His current address is unknown. Cops ask anyone with information about the shooting to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS or log on to www.nypdcrimestoppers.com.

Cops bust four in LaGuardia shooting of Vegas man

From the Daily News by Alison Gendar and Brendan Brosh :

Four men accused of shooting a Las Vegas man in the back and dumping him at LaGuardia Airport on Monday night have been charged with attempted murder, Queens prosecutors said.

Port Authority cops arrested the men, who lured Cedric Click, 26, from a nearby hotel and into an SUV in an apparent drug deal that went wrong, prosecutors said.

The men - Javier Rodriguez, 28, of White Plains; Raymundo Martinez-Flores, 29, of Brooklyn; Adolfo Gonzalez, 21, of Brooklyn; and Dario Campbell, 25, of Queens - face up to 25 years in prison if convicted.

Click is in stable condition at Elmhurst Hospital, prosecutors said.

Man Shot At LaGuardia Airport

From myfoxny.com by Kathy Carvajal:
The NYPD is on the hunt for the person who shot a man at LaGuardia Airport.

Police say the 26-year-old was hit in the chest at the taxi holding lot.

He was taken to Elmhurst Hospital where he is expected to survive.

The shooting happened at around 11:30 p.m. on Monday.

The shooter and at leas two other men were reportedly seen driving up to the man in a silver Nissan Pathfinder and opening fire.

It's not clear what lead to the gunfire or why the victim was in the holding lot near the Delta Airlines and United Airlines terminals.

Port Authority police and NYPD investigators are working the case.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Arrest in Livery Driver Murder

From myfoxny.com:
A passenger in a livery cab shot the driver in the head late Sunday night in The Bronx.

Jose Pena-Seguira, 42, died at Lincoln Hospital a short time later. The shooter tried to get away, but cops say he was caught inside a nearby park.

Police arrested Benny Delgado, 31. Delgado is being held, and it's not clear if he had an attorney.

The shooting happened in front of 455 Wales Avenue in the Mott Haven section of the borough.

Police investigators are looking into the possibility the shooter is the same person behind another deadly shooting last week in The Bronx.

A 46-year-old livery cab driver was also shot and killed.

"The Bronx has become the most unsafe borough for cabbies this year," NYS Federation of Taxi Drivers spokesman Fernando Mateo spokesman said Monday. "Drivers are simply scared and no one deserves to work under these conditions."

Police arrest Louis Rodriguez in murder of bouncer Eric 'Taz' Pagan outside club Forbidden City

From the Daily News by Henrick Karoliszyn and Alison Gendar:

An ex-con from East Harlem was busted Monday for gunning down a bouncer and wounding two other men outside a popular East Village club, police said.

Louis Rodriguez, 29, shot and killed Eric (Taz) Pagan outsideForbidden City, a hip Asian-themed bar on Avenue A after a fight early Sunday, cops said.

Police said the quarrel started when Rodriguez rolled up on the club in a white van and accidentally struck bar patron Salvador Moran, 31, as he stood outside with Pagan and Robert Calbo, 30.

Moran and Rodriguez started arguing until Rodriguez ended the back-and-forth with gunfire, hitting Moran in the neck.

Calbo was shot in the hand trying to push the gun away, police sources said.

That's when Pagan jumped in and tried break up the fight.

He was fatally shot in the face, cops said.

Pagan, a single father, worked at the bar as a bouncer, but was off-duty the night of the shooting.

He died moments later at Bellevue Hospital.

Moran and Calbo are hospitalized in stable condition.

Rodriguez, who served nearly five years in state prison on a Bronx assault charge, was fingered as the gunman by witnesses.

Security surveillance video also captured him, police sources said.

Rodriguez was awaiting arraignment last night on murder, assault and weapons charges, police said.


Saturday, August 22, 2009

1 Dead after Seaport Shooting

From the NY Post by John Doyle & Edmund Demarche:

A Brooklyn man was shot in the head and killed after a wild melee broke out on a dangerously overcrowded Lower Manhattan party boat early today at the South Street Seaport.

Omar Trent, 31, of Flatbush, was shot in a parking lot near the boat as the crowd spilled off the vessel in the predawn hours, sources said.

The 4 a.m. shooting was the culmination of a raucous night of drinking and partying that devolved into a nasty brawl by young crowd of several hundred people that swamped the vessel, which never left the dock, according to the crew.

The boat was supposed to set sail at 1 a.m. for a night of fun on the water, but the ship didn't go out because there were too many people on board, workers said.

The fighting was so bad that at one point boat worker Perry Rumnit, 40, locked himself, his co-workers and some passengers in the ships kitchen to escape the fighting.

"It was chaotic," he said.

15-year-old father-to-be shot to death after leaving Brooklyn party

From the Daily News by Sarah Armaghan and Larry Mcshane:
Hundreds of people gathered at the scene where a 15-year-old was shot to death on Euclid Avenue.
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Craig Shelton loved basketball, church and his pregnant girlfriend. Just 15, he couldn't wait to hold his new baby and talked about someday becoming a pastor.

The Brooklyn teen's dreams died early Saturday on an East New York, Brooklyn, street, where he was shot to death while walking home from a party in a nearby housing project, police said.

Shelton took a bullet to the head when gunfire erupted outside 560 Euclid Ave. at 12:12 a.m., leaving behind his heartbroken girlfriend, devastated grandmother and two younger siblings.

"He was so wonderful, respectful," said a sobbing Iris Gucman, 55, the grandmother who raised Shelton for the past seven years. "He didn't deserve this. He was too young for this."

Shelton was looking forward to September, when he would start his sophomore year at Metropolitan High School and discover the gender of his unborn child.

His girlfriend, 17-year-old Tania Moore, is four months pregnant. The couple had scheduled a Sept. 8 visit to her doctor.

"I don't know what I'll ever say when the time comes, when our baby asks where their daddy is," the anguished teen said. "I won't know what to say. I'm hurting so much right now."

Police made no arrests and offered no motive in the shooting. Shelton's friends said he wasn't feeling well, and they tried to persuade him to head home shortly before the shooting.

Shelton was gunned down across the street from the Cypress Hills Houses as he walked with an unidentified woman, his grandmother said.

"The girl ran off, nobody knows who she is," said Gucman. "He got shot, and he died right there."

His uncle Christian Pellot said the killer targeted Shelton for no apparent reason.

"I don't think the party had anything to do with it," he said. "Whoever it was didn't want to fight him. They chose just to shoot him."

Shelton, who leaves behind a 5-year-old brother and a 6-year-old sister, started dating Moore nearly two years ago. He was excited by the news of her pregnancy.

"He was the most caring boyfriend," Moore said Saturday. "He always made me laugh. Now, I'm really sad."

His grandmother recalled a "loving and caring boy" who escorted her back and forth from the local subway stop.

"He was my heart," said Gucman, crying in the arms of relatives. "Whoever did it took a piece of my heart."


11-year-old sister witness as Brooklyn college student dies from bullet wound to back

From the Daily News by Edgar Sandoval, Barry Paddock and Jonathan Lemire:

The murder of a Brooklyn college student just steps from his home has left his family haunted by his last moments and cops hunting for a motive.

Patrick Nicolas, a junior at Kingsborough Community College who also worked a part-time job to help provide for his sisters, was shot in the back Wednesday night and collapsed on the sidewalk.

"It broke my heart," said sister Eureka Ravilus, who ran outside, kneeled next to her 20-year-old brother and clutched his hand.

"Hang in there," Ravilus, 23, recalled saying as Nicolas' life slipped away.

"I told him, 'I love you,' and he heard me," she said. "I know he heard me."

As paramedics furiously worked on Nicolas, described by relatives as a "giant teddy bear," his 11-year-old sister tried to push through a crowd of cops to get one last look at her brother.

"He was just laying on the floor, [and] all I could see was his feet and him moving," said Sharina Clay. "I can't really imagine my brother gone."

Nicolas was taken to Kings County Hospital but died just minutes after the 9:50 p.m. shooting, police said.

His mother, Elaine Ravilus, collapsed in grief after learning of her son's death.

"I don't know why God took him away," said Elaine Ravilus, who was briefly hospitalized for shock.

Investigators were not certain what prompted the shooting on Lenox Road in Prospect Lefferts Gardens, but Nicolas' family insisted he stayed out of trouble.

"We did not even know where the bullet came from," said Eureka Ravilus, who said her brother's final act was to raise his hands in an attempt to prevent her from seeing him bleed to death.

"He did not want me to see him like that," she said quietly.

To help pay his family's bills, Nicolas worked part-time at a Gap store at the Kings Plaza mall and was coming home from a shift when he was shot, relatives said.

A business and accounting major, Nicolas was a standout football player at Lafayette High School who stood 6-foot-4 and weighed 250 pounds. He rapped under the stage name "Pulla Pat" but never dabbled in drugs or gangs, relatives said.

"He did not have any problems with anyone," said Elaine Ravilus, 56, as she caressed a photo of her slain son. "He looked like Shaquille O'Neal, my prince."

"He doesn't really have any enemies," Sharina said. "I thought it was a mistake because he's not really a person who would start trouble."

Nicolas did not appear to have a prior arrest record, police sources said.

The tight-knit Haitian family gathered to grieve at their Clarkson Ave. home late Thursday. No arrests have been made.


With Jamie Locher

NYPD Hunts Serial Rapist

From myfoxny.com:
The NYPD has released security camera video of a man they believe has been terrorizing women in Upper Manhattan in recent weeks. The man has raped at least three women.

Police describe the man as black, in his 30s, with a medium build, about 5'9" to 6'. During one of the attacks, he was wearing black hooded sweatshirt, blue jeans, and white sneakers with red stripes on the sole.

In each of the three incidents, he sexually assaulted and robbed the victim, police said.


Incident #1: Saturday, August 1, 2009, 2:45 a.m., in the vicinity of West 148 Street and Broadway, the suspect grabbed the victim, F/W/59, dragged her into an alleyway where he sexually assaulted her and robbed her at knifepoint.

Incident #2: Monday, August 10, 2009, 1:55 a.m., in the vicinity of West 144 Street and Convent Avenue, the suspect followed the victim, F/W/23, into an elevator where he sexually assaulted her and robbed her.

Incident #3: Tuesday, August 18, 2009, 4 a.m., in the vicinity of West 158 Street and Riverside Drive, the suspect followed the victim, F/W/69, into an elevator of a residential building where he raped and robbed her.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto Crime Stoppers Web site at www.nypdcrimestoppers.com or by texting their tips to CRIMES (274637), then enter TIP577.

Monday, August 17, 2009

NYPD Investigates East Village Shooting Sunday

From wcbstv.com by Debra Garcia:
Police are investigating an early morning shooting in the East Village that sent a man to the hospital.

The victim left a deli on 12th Street and Avenue C around 5 a.m. Sunday after ordering a sandwich, and was shot in the chest outside.

Police did not release his identity. It is unclear if he was the intended target.

The man was taken to Bellevue Hospital, where he was listed in serious but stable condition.

No arrests had been made.

FBI Searches Brooklyn Home for Body

From myfoxny.com:
Authorities dug up the basement of a Brooklyn home in search of the body of a Russian-language translator who went missing two years ago. FBI spokeswoman Monica McLean said Monday that investigators excavated the basement after a tip led them to bring in a cadaver-finding dog and heavy equipment.

Agents did not find a body.

The home on Surf Avenue in Sea Gate, a gated community, belongs to a Russian couple who were arrested last month and accused of stealing the missing woman's identity.

Authorities say that Ukrainian-born Irina Malezhik was last seen on Oct. 15, 2007, when a security camera recorded her leaving her apartment building.

That day, authorities say the Russian couple cashed checks totaling nearly $6,500 from accounts belonging to Malezhik or that were made out to her.

Police: Man Masturbated, Stole Cell Phone on Subway

From 1010wins.com:
New York City police are asking the public for help in finding a man wanted for public lewdness and grand larceny.

On July 30, a man, believed to be in his late teens to early 20s, began masturbating on a southbound D train at the 36th Street subway station around 6 a.m. before fleeing at the 9th Avenue station, police say.

Around 12:40, the same man stole a cell phone from a commuter on a northbound F train and fled at the 18th Avenue subway station, police say.

Anyone with information is asked to call the NYPD's Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS. The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers Website at www.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.com or texting their tips to 274637(CRIMES) then enter TIP577.

Who Killed Sabrina? - Vicious murder still unsolved

From the Queens Chronicle by by AnnMarie Costella:
“I miss you Sabrina. I love you so much,” Sharida Matthews sobbed as she taped a reward poster to a pole near her home in Cambria Heights. She still retains hope that the person who murdered Sabrina, her youngest daughter, will be brought to justice.
“My daughter was so sweet,” Matthews said. “I never thought in my whole life that this could happen.”

Sabrina Matthews was found dead in her bedroom on Sunday, Nov. 9, 2008 at approximately 12:30 pm. The 14-year-old was naked from the waist down and her throat had been slashed. The crime remains unsolved.
The Matthews family wants to rekindle interest in the case, so they gathered with friends and local officials on Friday to blanket their quiet neighborhood with posters advertising a new reward of $22,000, recently increased by the mayor, for information leading to the arrest of the person or persons responsible for the crime.
“Any mother and father would love to have a child like her,” Matthews said of Sabrina. “Every day when I came home from work, she would ask me, ‘Mommy how was your day?’ Every day of her life, she would say ‘Mommy, I love you.’ She was caring and loving. She was a wonderful child.”
Valerie Bell, the mother of Sean Bell, the Jamaica man slain by police officers in 2006, also attended to show her support, frequently hugging Matthews and holding her hand as the distraught mother broke down in tears.
“I am with her and for her in her time of need,” Bell said.
Matthews contends that police working on the case in the 105th Precinct, who are primarily Caucasian, are not being diligent in their pursuit of the killer because they are unsympathetic to Jamaican Americans.
“I’m not a racist,” Matthews said. “I love white people. I don’t hate anyone. But what other explanation could there be?”
Bell, whose son’s death at the hands of police outraged the black community in Queens and elsewhere, agreed that race is often a factor in murder investigations.
“I hate to say it, but in general, when a Caucasian person is killed they are working on it, you hear about it in the paper more than you hear about any Afro-American, and you should know it,” Bell said. “I don’t know what this society has come to.”
The NYPD disagrees.
“There is an exhaustive investigation underway involving scores of leads and interviews,” the deputy commissioner for public information, Paul Browne, said in an email. “Detailing investigative leads would jeopardize the progress of the case. The Matthews family can be assured that the Police Department is doing all it can in identifying and bringing to justice anyone responsible for Sabrina Matthews death.”
At first, the police suspected the girl’s father, Livingston Matthews, of committing the crime since he was the one who discovered her body upon his arrival home from work that day. But he was never charged and, according to the family, is no longer a suspect.
“It made me feel like a victim,” he said of the initial suspicion.
His wife, who has been married to her husband for nearly three decades and has known him since childhood, said he is a peaceful man and would never harm anyone.
“They should have focused more on finding the real killer instead of blaming my husband,” she said. “We told them to go around to the school and question the neighbors, but they never did.”
The devastated mother said that when she tells people that she is still searching for her daughter’s killer, they often are surprised because they assumed, based on the media coverage, that her husband was responsible.
“It was on TV that they suspected the dad but they never cleared it. They never said that he was no longer a suspect,” she explained. “That’s a disgrace.”
As Sharida Matthews handed out flyers to her fellow Cambria Heights residents, many offered their condolences.
“I really pray about it because I thought this was a gruesome murder,” Karen Pinnock said. “I have children, and I am really concerned and I hope this person will be brought to justice.”
“I can’t understand how after all of this time there is nothing being done,” Barbara Cunningham said. “They have all this forensics and all this equipment and they can’t find this person.”
City Councilman Leroy Comrie (D-St. Albans) also met with Sharida Matthews at the end of the flyer distribution march, and made an announcement to shoppers at the Fambria Food Center on Linden Boulevard, asking them to report any information about the murder to the police.
“This type of crime affects the entire community,” Comrie said. “We can’t have unsolved crimes of this magnitude, where it’s a home invasion, and someone is murdered and no one is talking about it.”
The mayor’s office is providing $10,000 toward the reward, contingent on arrest and conviction of the perpetrator. The Police Department is providing the same amount on the same basis. The other $2,000 is offered by the Crime Stoppers unit; that portion only requires arrest and indictment.
Anyone with information about the killing is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1 (800) 577-TIPS (8477). Tips can also be submitted at nypdcrimestoppers.com or by text to 274637 (CRIMES), then TIP577. Information will be kept confidential.

Livery Driver Shot Dead in Baycehester section of the Bronx

From myfoxny.com by Kathy Carvaja:

An investigation is underway into the shooting of a livery cab driver in the Baychester section of The Bronx.

Ndiaye Amadau, 46, was found dead inside his car on Wilson Avenue and Boston Road just before 1 a.m. on Monday. He was shot in the chest. He later died at Jacobi Medical Center.

Police say the vehicle collided with two parked cars before the shooting. Cops say a witness reported seeing a man run from the livery cab after the collision.

Investigators are looking into the possibillity that a passenger killed the driver during a robbery.

Fox 5 Reporter Katherine Creag says the 47-year-old driver had been living in the United States for twenty years. He left behind a wife and child in Senegal. He would regularly send them money.

It was unclear during the early hours of the investigation if the driver was licensed, but the President of the New York State Federation of Taxi Drivers says he was in fact working for a livery service as a licensed driver.

No arrests have been made.

Queen Latifah movie shoot in Chelsea delayed by shooting at housing project

From the Daily News by Edgar Sandoval and John Lauinger:

Workers prepping a Chelsea block for a movie shoot starring Queen Latifah got a shock Sunday when bullets started flying outside a nearby housing project, police and witnesses said.

Feliberto Rivera, 36, was hanging no-parking signs on W. 17th St. near 10th Ave. in advance of a shoot for the sports-themed romance "Just Wright" when he heard gunshots at the opposite end of the block.

Rivera said he turned around to see what happened and saw a man sprawled out on the street in front of the Fulton Houses.

"I was waiting for him to get up, but he did not," Rivera said. "He yelled, 'Help! Help!'"

"The neighbors kept saying, 'Get up!' Then the ambulance came."

The shooting took place shortly after the unidentified victim parked his car in front of the Fulton Houses around 6 p.m., witnesses said.

After getting out of the car, the victim got into an argument on the street with two guys. When the argument escalated, someone started shooting, hitting the victim twice in the torso and once in the leg, police and witnesses said.

"He was conscious the whole time, just in pain," Rivera said.

The victim was in stable condition at St. Vincent's Hospital Manhattan Sunday, a police source said, adding that no arrests have been made.

The car the victim had been driving was registered to Prince Harris, 29, of East Harlem, records show, but it was unclear if Harris was the victim.

The "Just Wright" shoot was expected to take place Monday, Rivera said. Latifah stars opposite rapper-turned-actor Common, according to published reports.

The flick, due out next year, is about a sports trainer who falls in love with a professional basketball player while helping him rehab from an injury.