10 JANUARY 19, 2017 RIDGEWOOD TIMES WWW.QNS.COM POLICE BEAT Compiled by Anthony Giudice and Emily Davenport PERSONS ARRESTED IN RECENT POLICE ACTIONS AS REPORTED BY THE 104TH PRECINCT INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING: Jan. 9: (Beat 16) Samuel Espinoza, at Metropolitan Avenue and Woodhaven Boulevard, for aggravated unlicensed operator, by P.O. Mancini. (Beat 4) Carlos G. Argueta, at 64-02 Catalpa Ave., for menacing, by Det. Friedrich. (Beat 16) Brendalys Negron, at Cooper Avenue and 80th Street, for aggravated unlicensed operator, by P.O. Dowal. (Beat 4) Mohamed Saido, at 64-02 Catalpa Ave., for criminal mischief, by Det. Houlihan. (Beat 4) Anthony Strachiny, at 64-02 “When Only The Best Will Do!” Great Quality, Fair Pricing! Catalpa Ave., for criminal mischief, by Det. Demarco. (Beat 4) Antonio Stracchia, at 64-02 Catalpa Ave., for criminal mischief, by Det. Lodato. Jan. 10: (Beat 14) Kevin Klass, at Metropolitan Avenue, for grand larceny, by Det. Wolf. (Beat 2) Aldo G. Brito, at Palmetto Street and Myrtle Avenue, for criminal possession of a weapon, by P.O. Martinez. (Beat 9) Adam Zalewski, at 69th Place, for assault, by P.O. York. (Beat 15) Kasheka S. Atkins and Lourdes N. Villalba, at Seneca Avenue, for assault, by P.O. Carr. (Beat 8) Kevin Lituma, at 54th Avenue and 63rd Street, for resisting arrest, by P.O. Cumur. Jan. 11: (Beat 10) Wellington Delacruz, at Borden and Maurice avenues, for aggravated unlicensed operator, by P.O. Daquet. (Beat 2) Herbert Williams, at Gates Avenue, for petit larceny, by P.O. Khela. (Beat 3) Antonio Crespo, at Myrtle Avenue, for resisting arrest, by P.O. Shariff . (Beat 16) Kenneth P. Williams, at 73rd Place, for DWI, by P.O. Nisbett. (Beat 9) Tadeusz Benkowski, at Grand Avenue and 74th Street, for DWI, by P.O. Lamm. Jan. 12: (Beat 4) Efrain Tadeo, at 64-02 Catalpa Ave., for criminal mischief, by Det. Scrimenti. (Beat 4) Juan A. Rodriguez, at 64-02 Catalpa Ave., for stalking, by Det. Diaquoi. (Beat 4) Nakia Pellom, at 64-02 Catalpa Ave., for petit larceny by Det. Friedrich. (Beat 3) Marte Emmanuel, at Myrtle Avenue, for resisting arrest, by P.O. Marinacci. (Beat 3) Rami Ali, at Wyckoff Avenue, for assault, by P.O. Teti. Jan. 13: (Beat 5) Claddagh Campbell, at Cypress Hills Street and Myrtle Avenue, for robbery, by P.O. Giordani. (Beat 10) Jaior A. Lara, at Metropolitan Avenue, for tampering with physical evidence, by P.O. P. Jackson. (Beat 10) Christhian R. Cruz Rodriguez, at Metropolitan Avenue, for aggravated unlicensed operator, by P.O. P. Jackson. (Beat 13) Yadiro A. Henriquez, at 60th Street and Metropolitan Avenue, for aggravated unlicensed operator, by P.O. Szpak. (Beat 4) Hector Pagan, at 64-02 Catalpa Ave., for assault, by Det. Moon. (Beat 5) Angel Taveras, at Cypress Avenue, for criminal possession of a weapon, by P.O. Mancuso. Jan. 14: (Beat 2) Boyau Petkovic, at Gates Avenue, for acting in a manner injurious to a child, by P.O. Prizeman. (Beat 14) Maurice Noble, at Metropolitan Avenue, for petit larceny, by P.O. Florio. Jan. 15: (Beat 2) Marco Guaman, at Gates and Woodward avenues, for operating a motor vehicle while under the infl uence of alcohol, by P.O. Hirani. (Beat 4) Herbert A. Segovia, at Fresh Pond Road, for operating a motor vehicle while under the infl uence of alcohol, by P.O. Defrietas. (Beat 16) Jose A. Aguilar Espinoza, at 76th Street and 77th Avenue, for aggravated unlicensed operator, by P.O. Fleming. The 104th Precinct, located at 64- 02 Catalpa Ave., can be reached by calling 718-386-3004. It was noted that all criminal charges are accusations and all persons listed in this blotter are presumed innocent until proven guilty. 104 PRECINCT BLOTTER MUSIC DIRECTOR AT A QUEENS CHURCH CHARGED WITH SEXUALLY ABUSING GIRL DURING TPRIVATE LESSONS he music director of a Jamaica church has been charged with sexually abusing a young girl while giving her private singing and piano lessons at her home. “Instead of being a role model to all of his students, the defendant is accused of taking advantage of his position as a church choir director to gain access to a young child for his own sexual gratifi cation. These are deeply disturbing allegations that, if proven true, are deserving of severe punishment,” Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown said in a statement on Tuesday, Jan. 17. According to police, 69-year-old Rafael Diaz, music director for the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish, was arrested at his Forest Hills home on Saturday, Jan. 14. Published reports indicated that the victim, who was a parishioner and is now 15, told investigators that, when she was 11 and 12 years old, Diaz would use four fi ngers to touch her diaphragm and fondle her breast over her clothes while making her sing different notes. Diaz also asked the victim if she had started her menstrual cycle and then allegedly put his hand over her clothing on her private parts. Police say that the abuse took place over the course of two years. It is alleged that aft er the victim told her father what occurred, he and Diaz had a controlled telephone conversation in which Diaz allegedly admitted that he touched the daughter and that it happened fi ve or six times. It ended when the piano and singing lessons stopped. The victim’s father reported the abuse to the church on Thursday, Jan. 12, aft er he was made aware of it by the victim. According to the Diocese of Brooklyn, the church was not aware that Diaz had been hired by victim’s parents to give their child private music lessons at their home. Aft er the victim’s father reported the abuse to the school, Diocesan offi cials contacted the police and cooperated with the authorities during the investigation. Diaz’s employment was terminated upon his arrest. Diaz is currently being held on a $35,000 bond and has been charged with sexual abuse against a child under 11, sexual abuse, and acting in a manner injurious to a child under 17. If convicted, Diaz faces up to 7 years in prison. Brown asked that any individuals who believe that they have been victimized by Diaz to call the Queens DA’s Special Victims Bureau at 718-286-6505. 104TH PRECINCT RIDGEWOOD, GLENDALE, MASPETH & MIDDLE VILLAGE THIEVES STEAL A SMALL FORTUNE IN JEWELRY WHILE BREAKING INTO A CMASPETH HOME: COPS ops are asking the public to help identify and locate a trio of crooks who burglarized a home in Maspeth earlier this month. According to police, the caper took place between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 6 — with the 104th Precinct narrowing the time of occurrence to approximately 4 p.m. Authorities said the victim left the residence on 72nd Street in the morning and returned home later that day to fi nd that the three burglars gained entry to the house through a rear window, which was closed but not locked. All of the bedrooms and the bathroom were found to be ransacked, and $1,500 worth of jewelry was stolen, law enforcement agents reported. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Detective Jae Moon of the 104th Precinct Detective Squad at 718-386-2723, or the Detective Borough Queens North at 718-520-9200. All calls are kept confidential.
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