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College Point, Flushing,
Fresh Meadows man
pays for pug’s death
A Fresh Meadows man has received
a light sentence aft er pleading guilty to
throwing his ex-girlfriend’s pug to its
death off of a Flushing balcony back in
Yuk Cheung, 35, pleaded guilty to
aggravated cruelty to animals and tampering
with evidence on Aug. 14. He was
sentenced to 45 days in jail and fi ve years’
probation, where he will be banned from
Cheung is also required to register with
the city Department of Health as an animal
abuser upon the completion of his
incarceration. Th e animal abuser registration
will prevent city shelters, rescue
groups and/or pet stores from allowing
Cheung to purchase or adopt a pet.
“Th e defendant has admitted to killing
the animal. His actions were both cruel
and heartless,” Queens District Attorney
Richard A. Brown said. “He threw a
defenseless animal to her death while in
the midst of a heated exchange with his
former girlfriend. Jail time in this instance
is more than warranted as punishment
for this senseless crime.”
Corona and Elmhurst
Fake cops rob man in Elmhurst
Cops are on the hunt for two men who
posed as police offi cers in order to rob a
60-year-old man in Elmhurst last week.
According to the NYPD, the incident
occurred on Sept. 19 at about 3:20
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p.m. around Ithaca Avenue and Britton
Avenue. Th e men, driving a grey sedan,
approached the victim and told him they
were police offi cers.
Th e driver, who was wearing an identifi
cation holder around his neck, got out
of the car and told the man to raise his
hands. Th e suspect in the passenger seat
also exited the car while the victim was
being frisked. Th e driver took $100 in
cash from the victim and both suspects
got back in their car and fl ed the scene.
Th e fi rst suspect is described as a
Hispanic male, approximately 6 feet tall
and 250 pounds. He was last seen wearing
a green, long-sleeved shirt, black sweat
pants and white sneakers.
Police describe the second suspect as a
Hispanic male who was last seen wearing
a light-colored shirt.
Anyone with information in regards to
this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s
Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS
(8477) or for Spanish, 888-57-PISTA
(74782). Th e public can also submit their
tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers
website, www.nypdcrimestoppers.com, or
by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES)
then enter TIP577. All calls and messages
are kept confi dential.
Astoria and Long Island City
Car thieves dupe
senior in Astoria
Two men lured a 73-year-old out of his
vehicle in Astoria in order to steal the car
earlier this month. Now, the suspects are
still on the run, cops said.
According to law enforcement sources,
the incident occurred on Sept. 13 at
about 9:41 a.m. near 44th Street and 25th
Avenue. Th e 73-year-old male victim was
parking his 2012 Honda Accord when the
suspects approached him in a white or silver
vehicle and accused him of causing
Th e victim exited his car to check the
duo’s claims, leaving his own car running.
He was pinned down to the ground while
one suspect climbed into his car, police
said, and the second suspect got into the
other car before they fl ed the scene.
Th ere were no reported injuries and
the victim’s car was found at 2:40 p.m. at
the intersection of 64th Street and 37th
Th e fi rst suspect is described as a black
male who was last seen wearing dark
clothing. Th ere is no description for the
Corona, East Elmhurst, Jackson
Jackson Heights hitand
run victim dies
Police are investigating a hit-and-run
incident in Jackson Heights earlier this
month in which a pedestrian was hit by a
vehicle and later died.
At 4 p.m. on Sept. 13, offi cers from
the 115th Precinct responded to a 911
call of a motor vehicle collision involving
a pedestrian struck on Northern
Boulevard in the vicinity of 85th Street.
Upon their arrival, they found 71-yearold
Jose Gomez lying in the road with
EMS responded to the scene and transported
Gomez to Elmhurst Hospital.
Gomez died of his injuries on Sept. 17.
An investigation found that Gomez
was standing next to his 2013 Toyota
Camry, which was parked legally on the
north side of Northern Boulevard east
of 85th Street. At this time, an unknown
black sedan was traveling eastbound on
Northern Boulevard in the center lane,
and struck Gomez with the front right
side of the vehicle.
Aft er being struck by the unknown
vehicle, Gomez was thrown forward,
striking his car and an additional parked
car before coming to rest in the roadway.
No arrests have been made at this time.
Th e investigation is ongoing.
Flushing man used stolen
ID to buy sportscar
A Flushing man took a ride to a
Brooklyn courtroom on Monday morning
aft er being indicted on charges of
stealing another man’s personal information
to purchase a luxury sports car,
Brian White, 45, allegedly stole an
Acura NSX valued at $240,000 through
the fraudulent transaction that took
place in Midwood, Brooklyn, according
to acting Brooklyn District Attorney
Law enforcement sources said that
White walked into the Plaza Auto Mall
in Midwood on March 22 of this year
and made a deal to purchase the Acura
NSX. He presented a forged driver’s
license with the victim’s name, as well
as the victim’s Social Security number,
insurance documents and credit information,
in order to fi ll out a fi nance
application. Aft er getting approval,
White left the dealership with the vehicle.
Several weeks aft er the illegal transaction
was made, prosecutors said, the
victim received in the mail paperwork
about the purchase. He realized that he
was the victim of identity fraud and subsequently
contacted Plaza Auto Mall,
which then reached out to the Brooklyn
District Attorney’s offi ce.