10 FEBRUARY 4, 2021 RIDGEWOOD TIMES WWW.QNS.COM
(FOREST HILLS AND REGO PARK)
FDNY rescues person who was pinned
underneath E train in Forest Hills
A person was struck by a train and rescued from underneath it in Forest
Hills Tuesday evening.
On Tuesday, Jan. 26, around 5 p.m., the FDNY received reports of a person
struck by a train at the 71st Avenue train stop in Forest Hills.
When fi refi ghters and EMS personnel arrived to the station, they found a
person pinned underneath an E train, according to the authorities.
Power was shut down and FDNY units were sent onto the tracks to rescue
the person, according to the department.
The injured person was taken to Jamaica Hospital and power to the line was
restored around 5:30 p.m. The authorities could not expand on the condition
of the person.
(ASTORIA, LONG ISLAND CITY, WOODSIDE, AND JACKSON
New Jersey man arrested for setting
fi re to his Astoria hookah bar: FDNY
A New Jersey man was arrested and charged for allegedly setting fi re to his
Astoria hookah bar, aptly named Ignited Lounge, the FDNY announced last
Asif Raja, 54, was charged with arson earlier this month in Brooklyn federal
court aft er he allegedly set fi re to his lounge, located at 30-27 Steinway St., over
the summer, according to Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro.
On Aug. 4, 2020, fi refi ghters were called to Ignited aft er reports of a gas order
at the location were made around 10:15 p.m., the FDNY said.
When they arrived, fi refi ghters found the lounge’s water sprinklers activated,
fi ghting several small fi res throughout the lounge, according to the authorities.
FDNY members brought the incident under control without any injuries.
The fi re marshals investigating the scene found the fi res suspect and began
an investigation in collaboration with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms
Video recovered from inside the restaurant allegedly shows Raja pouring a
liquid over several seats and tables inside Ignited before lighting a fl ame and
throwing it onto the substance.
“We are extremely grateful that no one was injured during this incident and
for the collaboration between all the law enforcement agencies involved in
bringing this individual to justice,” Nigro said.
If convicted, Raja will be sentenced at least fi ve years to, at most, 20 years in
104 PRECINCT BLOTTER
The 104th Precinct released
the following list of persons
arrested in recent police actions.
The charges are accusations,
and all individuals
listed in this blotter are presumed
innocent unt il proven
For questions about the names
listed in the blotter, contact the
104th Precinct at 718-386-3004.
Jan. 25: (Ridgewood) Hanif Alexander,
at Catalpa Avenue and Fresh
Pond Road, for possession of alcohol
in a motor vehicle, by PO Troia.
Jan. 26: (Ridgewood) Harlan Mann,
at Bleeker Street, for aggravated unlicensed
operation, by PO Martinez.
Jan. 27: (Ridgewood) Matthew
Leon, at Myrtle Avenue, for criminal
mischief, by PO Mark. (Ridgewood)
Viola Makar, at Seneca Avenue, for
felony assault, by Det Wright. (Ridgewood)
William Sykes, at Metropolitan
Avenue, for possession of stolen
property, by PO Kardanov.
Jan. 28: (Ridgewood) Juan Tirado,
at Catalpa Avenue, for criminal contempt,
by Det Scrimenti. (Ridgewood)
Brian Fletcher, at Gates Avenue, for
possession of stolen property, by PO
Jan. 29: (Ridgewood) Jean
Villegas-Rincon, at Catalpa Avenue,
misdemeanor assault, by PO Jasusl.
(Middle Village) Robert Stalzer, at
Cook Avenue, for misdemeanor assault,
by PO Hughes. (Maspeth) Dao
Li, at 72nd Place, for misdemeanor
assault, by PO Simone. (Ridgewood)
Jonathon Santiago, at Summerfi eld
Avenue, for misdemeanor assault, by
Jan. 30: (Glendale) Pedro C Calixto,
81 Avenue and Woodhaven Boulevard,
for driving while under the
infl uence, by PO Troia. (Ridgewood)
Ignacio Davila, at Wyckoff Avenue,
for petty larceny, by Det Wright.
(Ridgewood) Rafael Fiallocumba, at
Woodbine Street, for misdemeanor
assault, by PO Gunderson. (Ridgewood)
Antonio Skipper, Forest
Avenue and Greene Avenue, for
operating a motor vehicle without
insurance, by PO Rosario.
Jan. 31: (Ridgewood) Henry
Delgado, at Woodbine Street, for assault,
by PO Prizeman. (Ridgewood)
Jared Blake, at Norman Street, for
driving while under the infl uence,
by PO Etienne. (Maspeth) Anthony
Markowski, at 56th Avenue, for forcible
touching, by PO Lama.