12 THE QUEENS COURIER • MAY 9, 2013 FOR BREAKING NEWS VISIT www.queenscourier.com s police beat COMPILED BY TONIA N. CIMINO Cement & Brick Work 112TH PRECINCT Forest Hills and Rego Park Safety tips in rash of robberies 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 Police Officer Frank Cantalino Police Officer Richard Harris Absolutely Trophies Awards • Plaques • Engraving • Laminations • Medals • and More….. AffordABle, depeNdABle ANd profeSSioNAl 47-32 Bell Blvd. • Bayside 718.279.4698 www.absolutelytrophies.com email@example.com Serving all five boroughs of NYC 102ND PRECINCT Kew Gardens, Richmond Hill East, Richmond Hill, Woodhaven and the northern part of Ozone Park Arrest rape suspect Police have arrested a man wanted in connection with a sexual assault that occurred on Sunday, May 5 at the intersection of 98th Street and 97th Avenue. The 20-year-old female victim told police she was given a ride by the suspect in his vehicle. When the suspect parked, he chased the victim and sexually assaulted her. On Wednesday, May 8, cops arrested Travis Wynter, 25, of 78th Street, and charged him with rape. 109TH PRECINCT Downtown Flushing, East Flushing, Queensboro Hill, College Point, Malba, Whitestone, Beechhurst and Bay Terrace Whitestone man found shot to death in Flushing Authorities are investigating the fatal shooting of a Whitestone man in Flushing. Police found 46-year-old Leslie Balogh around 1:45 a.m. on Friday, May 3 in front of a location on 137th Street with gunshot wounds to his face and torso. He was taken to Flushing Hospital Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead. One of Balogh’s neighbors said cars would pull up to his house at all hours of the day, with people entering and exiting in a hurry. Cops were often around the block, the neighbor added, and sometimes came up to the house. Police said there have been no arrests and the investigation is ongoing. -With additional reporting by Anthony O’Reilly 112TH PRECINCT Forest Hills and Rego Park Seek attempted cabbie robber Police are asking for your help identifying the suspect wanted in connection with an attempted robbery of a yellow cab driver. On Friday, May 3, the suspect entered the vehicle in the vicinity of 63rd Drive and 108th Street. The suspect demanded money, displayed a syringe and simulated a gun. The victim did not comply, and the suspect fled the location without property. No injuries were reported at this incident. Police say the perp is a white male, 25-30 with brown hair and a slight beard Anyone with information is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers hotline at 800- 577-TIPS. 114TH PRECINCT Astoria, Long Island City, Woodside and Jackson Heights Man found dead On Monday, May 6, police responded to a 9-1-1 call of an unconscious male in front of 41-19 30th Avenue. Upon arrival, officers were informed by EMS that the victim, an unidentified black male in his 40s or 50s, was found unconscious and unresponsive outside of the location. EMS took the victim to Mt. Sinai hospital where he was pronounced dead. The investigation is ongoing. The medical examiner will determine the cause of death. 115TH PRECINCT East Elmhurst, North Corona and Jackson Heights Good police work leads to robbery arrest A suspect who threatened to hurt a Bronx man visiting Queens with his four-year-old son, and who then stole the man’s iPhone, was apprehended a short time later by uniformed officers who stopped and questioned him in the 115th Precinct. Louis Barragan, 17, of the Bronx, was arrested for grand larceny and criminal possession of stolen property. He is an alleged member of the Sureno 13 gang and has an extensive robbery arrest history. Barragan confronted the victim and his son while the two were in front of 89-52 Elmhurst Avenue. Barragan asked what the victim was doing in the neighborhood. The victim ignored him, at which point Barragan said, “Do you want me to hurt you?” The victim replied, “I don’t want any problems. I’m here with my son,” at which point Barragan snatched the victim’s iPhone from his hand and ran south down 90th Street. Police Officers Richard Harris and Frank Cantalino of the 115th Precinct surmised that the suspect boarded the No. 7 train at 90th Street and Elmhurst Avenue to get off at the next stop, Junction Boulevard. At the station, they stopped a male matching the suspect’s description. When the victim was brought to the location, he positively identified Barragan. Upon being searched, Barragan was found to have two iPhones, including the victim’s, in his possession. BY LUKE TABET firstname.lastname@example.org A rash of burglaries in Forest Hills has prompted a second safety meeting in two months. Home and car break-ins have skyrocketed in Forest Hills and Rego Park this year, according to the 112th Precinct. According to Captain Thomas Conforti, property crimes make up 80 to 85 percent of criminal activity in the 112th Precinct. A special meeting geared towards teaching precautionary measures was held by the precinct’s Community Council on May 6. The first was held early last month. Residents were told to keep windows, doors and garages locked at all times. The 112th Precinct also encouraged residents to bring in mail and newspapers each morning so intruders do not assume the house is unoccupied. Concerned residents can also have their homes surveyed for by police for free under an NYPD service. Little could be said about break-in details because of ongoing investigations, Conforti said. But at least two arrests have been made in connection with the burglaries. For more information on safety, call 718-520- 9321.
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