12 THE QUEENS COURIER • APRIL 18, 2013 FOR BREAKING NEWS VISIT www.queenscourier.com 107TH PRECINCT Fresh Meadows, Cunningham Heights, Hilltop Village, Electchester, Pomonok Seek man who threatened to kill Police are looking for a suspect who threatened to kill a man as he left a Flushing mosque. On Friday, April 12 around 8 p.m., the victim was leaving the 72-55 Kissena Boulevard mosque in his car when he noticed an unknown male driving a dark colored SUV following him, said police. The vehicle followed the victim for several blocks. When he stopped at a traffic light at Union Turnpike and 199th Street, the suspect pulled over next to the victim, displayed a gun, threatened to kill him, then fled in an unknown direction. During the incident, the suspect also made anti-Muslim statements, according to police. The suspect is described as a white male, 55 to 60 years old, with dark hair and a mustache. He was last seen wearing a dark suit jacket with an emblem patch on the left pocket. His vehicle may have been a Toyota SUV. It had an unknown New York license plate. Anyone with information in regard to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800- 577-TIPS. 112TH PRECINCT Forest Hills and Rego Park Seek burglary suspect Police are asking for the public’s help in finding a man wanted in connection with three burglaries in the 112th Precinct. The suspect has entered residential buildings, picked locks on apartment doors, and removed money and jewelry. Police describe the suspect as a white or Hispanic male, 45 to 50 years old, 5’8”, 250 pounds, balding, who walks with a limp. Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS. 114TH PRECINCT Astoria, Long Island City, Woodside and Jackson Heights Cause of death unknown On Wednesday, April 10, police responded to a 9-1-1 call of an unconscious male in front of 11-48 Welling Court, within the confines of the 114th Precinct. Upon arrival, officers observed a 34-year-old man unconscious and unresponsive. EMS also responded and pronounced him dead at the scene. The medical examiner will determine the cause of death. The investigation is ongoing. Teen charged with attempted murder in Astoria brick beating Police have arrested a 17-year-old for brutally attacking a teen in Astoria last week. Omer Khogali, of East Elmhurst, has been charged with attempted murder, assault and criminal possession of a weapon, said District Attorney Richard A. Brown. Khogali allegedly beat 16-year Michelle Rodriguez in the head multiple times with a brick near 22-63 43rd Street, according to the DA. After hitting the victim, Khogali fled with the brick, dropping it near 43rd Street and 23rd Avenue. According to the complaint, shortly before the incident a witness saw the alleged perpetrator “walking up to several vehicles in the area and pulling on car door handles,” said Brown. The defendant heard someone scream and “hit them with a brick to shut them up.” Khogali faces up to 25 years in prison if found guilty. He was held without bail and is set to return to court on April 29. s police beat COMPILED BY TONIA N. CIMINO & CRISTABELLE TUMOLA Cement & Brick Work 109th warns of con game BY MELISSA CHAN email@example.com Victims of a citywide scam targeting elderly Chinese women have given $1.3 million to con artists within the last year, police said. According to the 109th Precinct, a hoax stemming from China continues to plague seniors in downtown Flushing. Victims have lost about $500,000 in the Queens precinct alone out of about 50 cases citywide, officials said. “This is having a devastating impact upon families,” said Inspector Brian Maguire, commanding officer of the 109th Precinct. “It’s not just one or two people doing this. We believe there’s a bunch of different crews moving throughout the city.” Perpetrators are typically Chinese women between 30 and 40 years old, police said. They work in groups of three, convincing older, unsuspecting women on the street they are followed by evil spirits and bad luck. The con artists then sway victims into putting thousands of dollars in valuables and cash into a “good luck” bag before swapping the bag with a fake and stealing the goods, police said. “It’s an old trick that people still fall for,” said Captain Tommy Ng, the precinct’s executive officer. The precinct arrested three females last October in connection with the scheme, Maguire said. Two of the women, all Chinese nationals, have since fled the country after posting bail. Officers are urging families to spread the word to older relatives and friends. If approached, cops said victims should agree with the tricksters on a meeting spot and then go home alone and call 9-1-1. “It behooves the children to tell their parents,” Maguire said. “Do not fall for these promises. Do not talk to strangers. Don’t believe in these false spells.” 109TH PRECINCT App leads cops to cell phone thief Officer kills child, boyfriend in murder-suicide BY ANGY ALTAMIRANO An off-duty police officer who was recently assigned to a Queens precinct shot her boyfriend and their one-year-old son before killing herself at their home in Brooklyn, according to published Old World Craftsmanship Cement & Brick Work CALL ARTIE Basement Water Proofing Specialist Serving Queens for 35 Years Serving Queens for 35 Years For more information contact Artie DiBiase Mason Contractor 718.767.0072 Licensed #808097 and Insured Licensed #808097 and Insured Old World Craftsmanship CALL ARTIE Basement Water Proofing Specialist Pavers and Exposed Aggregate Concrete For more information contact Artie DiBiase Mason Contractor 718.767.0072 108TH PRECINCT Get PAID to help find a cure! Participate in local clinical trials at www.ZipTrials.us reports. The officer, identified as Rosette M. Samuel, 43, reportedly joined the police force in September 2000. She last worked at the 108th Precinct, which covers Long Island City, Sunnyside and Hunters Point. According to reports, the body of Samuel’s boyfriend was found lying in the front hallway of the home. Samuel and her child were found face up on a bed inside the family’s first-floor apartment on East 56th Street in East Flatbush. Samuel’s 19-year-old son from a previous relationship escaped from the house through a bedroom window after hearing gunshots. He called 9-1-1 around 8:30 a.m., the New York Times reported. According to the Daily News, police did not find a suicide note at the scene. BY MELISSA CHAN AND ROSA KIM firstname.lastname@example.org A smartphone tracking app played a key role in arresting an alleged cell phone thief within 30 minutes of the crime, police said. Jordan Osborne, 19, allegedly fled in Flushing after grabbing an iPhone 5 out of the hands of a 28-year-old woman, according to the 109th Precinct. The victim was walking on Main Street and 41st Avenue around noon on April 15, police said. A witness attempted to chase Osborne and then called 9-1-1. Police then used a tracking device on the victim’s phone to locate Osborne on the No. 7 train near Citi Field. The MTA stopped the train so officers could go car to car, police said. Cops found the phone ringing in Osborne’s hand. He was arrested immediately. The suspect has been arrested for assault three times.
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