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Corona man gets 15 years for killing
a Jackson Heights mother of three
with random shot: DA
Corona resident Issam Elabbar on Friday, March 25, was sentenced to 15 years in
prison for firing an illegal gun in the middle of the night that killed a Jackson Heights
mother of three children in September 2020, according to Queens District Attorney
Elabbar, 32, of 41st Avenue in Corona, pleaded guilty in December to manslaughter
in the second degree and criminal possession of a weapon in the second degree before
Queens Supreme Court Justice Michael Aloise.
According to court records, shortly before 1 a.m. on Sept. 30, 2020, Elabbar was in
the roadway on 34th Avenue near 92nd Street when he fired a single shot over his
shoulder. At the time, Bertha Arriaga was standing near her third-story apartment’s
bedroom window. The bullet ripped through the window and pierced the victim’s
carotid artery in her neck.
The 43-year-old married mother of three fell to the floor, bleeding profusely from
the single gunshot wound.
As she gasped for air, the victim’s then-14-year-old son heard the noise, walked
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 i l proven
For questions about the names
listed in the blotter, contact the
104th Precinct at 718-386-3004.
March 21: (Ridgewood) Johanna
Segura, at Cornelia Street
and Seneca Avenue, for aggravated
unlicensed operation of a
motor vehicle, by PO Nardello.
(Ridgewood) Meagan Corno, at
Gates Avenue, for petit larceny,
by PO Jimenez.
March 22: (Middle Village)
Omar Capistran, at 69th Avenue,
for assault, by PO Subbir. (Maspeth)
Jose K Vega Atencio, at 69th
Street and Maurice Avenue, for
aggravated unlicensed operation
of a motor vehicle, by PO Shoy.
March 23: (Middle Village)
Juan Delgado, at Metropolitan
Avenue, for petit larceny, by PO
Zbikowski. (Middle Village) Henryk
Krzewski, at Admiral Avenue,
for menacing, by PO Christodoulou.
(Ridgewood) Kelvin Gomez,
into the bedroom, turned on the light and saw his mother in a pool of blood. Arriaga’s
husband Javier heard his son shouting and performed CPR on his wife in an effort to
save her life, but the injury was fatal, according to court records.
“The victim of this senseless crime was in her home, a place where one would expect
to be safe from harm,” Katz said. “Tragically, the woman’s oldest son discovered
his mother gasping for air and bleeding to death. In pleading guilty, the defendant
has admitted to firing randomly without regard for human life. He has now been
sentenced by the court for his criminal actions.”
Justice Aloise sentenced Elabbar to 15 years in prison, to be followed by five years’
(FRESH MEADOWS, CUNNINGHAM HEIGHTS AND HILLTOP
Former St. John’s lacrosse captain
convicted of stabbing teammate
at Fresh Meadows frat house in 2019
A former captain of the St. John’s University lacrosse team was convicted by a
jury of assault in the first degree for the stabbing of a former teammate in 2019,
Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz announced Friday, March 25.
Matthew Stockfeder, 23, of Melville, Long Island, was found guilty on March
24 in the near-fatal stabbing of Justin Corpolongo at an off-campus frat house in
According to trial testimony, in the early morning hours of Oct. 22, 2019, the
victim was trying to sleep in the home he shared with Stockfeder and other
members of the lacrosse team. The then-23-year-old victim complained about the
noise from an ongoing party and explained he had to work early the next day. Even
after agreeing to relocate the party, Stockfeder was angry about having to leave
his own house.
According to the trial records, both men argued back and forth over a group
text message. After being called a loser by the defendant, the victim went to the
new party site to confront Stockfeder. The two men exchanged words and the
defendant appeared to take a stance and raise his arms as if he was going to strike
his housemate. That’s when the victim reacted and punched Stockfeder, who fell
to the ground. Other students grabbed the victim and that’s when the defendant
stood up, pulled out a knife and stabbed the victim twice in his stomach.
EMS rushed Corpolongo to NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Queens, where he
underwent lifesaving surgery to repair a laceration to his small intestine.
“The victim in this case was nearly eviscerated by the defendant after an
argument escalated to a physical altercation,” Katz said. “As others broke up
the fight, the defendant pulled out a kitchen knife and plunged it twice into his
teammate’s abdomen. After listening to the evidence, the jury rendered a guilty
Queens Supreme Court Justice Stephen Knopf, who presided at trial, set
sentencing for April 7. At that time, Stockfeder faces up to 25 years in prison.
at Centre Street and Wyckoff
Avenue, for operating a motor
vehicle without insurance, by PO
March 24: (Middle Village)
Christopher Picone, at 76th
Street, for aggravated harassment,
by PO Fuchs. (Maspeth)
Demetrio Madrid, at 60th Road,
for grand larceny auto, by PO
March 25: (Ridgewood) Christopher
Matos, at Woodward
Avenue, for assault, by PO Pellot.
(Ridgewood) Francisco Cruz-
Aguila, at Bleecker Street, for
assault, by PO Claybrooks.
March 26: (Ridgewood) David
Palmisano, at Myrtle Avenue, for
failing to pay meter, by PO Zuzzolo.
Ridgewood) Tara Rasmus, at
Myrtle Avenue, for failing to pay
meter, by PO Zuzzolo.
March 27: (Glendale) Deshawn
Kemp, at Otto Road and 67th Place,
for criminal trespassing, by PO
Martinez. (Ridgewood) Radovan
Stanojevic, at Cornelia Street,
for burglary, by Det. Gerardi.
(Middle Village) Yali Gutierrez,
at 68th Avenue, for strangulation,
by PO Martinez. (Middle Village)
Shane McCalla, at 78th Street, for
criminal mischief, by PO Wong.
104TH PRECINCT BLOTTER