10 SEPTEMBER 20, 2018 RIDGEWOOD TIMES WWW.QNS.COM
POLICE BEAT Compiled by Robert Pozarycki
TEENAGER ROBBED BY
Cops are still searching for two robbers
who recently used racial epithets
against a teenager while robbing him
at a Forest Hills subway station.
Law enforcement sources said the
incident occurred at 10:15 p.m. on Aug.
29 at the 71-Continental Avenues station,
below the intersection of Queens
Boulevard and 71st Avenue.
According to authorities, the
16-year-old male victim was on board a
Manhattan-bound F train at the station
when the suspects approached him
and began making what was described
as anti-white statements.
Sources familiar with the investigation
said that the suspects told the teen,
“We’re going to show you white people
how to treat black people, f***ing
Trump supporter. Give me your phone
before I slap the s**t out of you.”
Police said the victim complied with the
request and handed over his cellphone and
$24 in cash. The suspects then exited at the
station and fled in an unknown direction.
Officers from the 112th Precinct
responded to the incident; the teenager
was not injured. The NYPD Hate Crimes
Task Force is investigating the matter,
according to an NYPD spokesperson.
On Sept. 17, the NYPD released video
footage of the two suspects, both of
whom are described as black men between
20 to 25 years of age and standing
about 6 feet, 2 inches tall. One of the
robbers was last seen wearing a white
shirt, black shorts and neon green
sneakers, while his cohort wore a black
shirt, black pants and black sneakers.
Call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS
if you’ve seen the suspects.
INVOLVING COPS HAD
BROTHEL IN RIDGEWOOD
Taking advantage of law enforcement
tactics and intel, a retired
detective and seven active NYPD
members allegedly conspired to operate
a lucrative prostitution and gaming
enterprise in Queens and Brooklyn,
prosecutors announced on Sept. 13.
Authorities said that retired NYPD
Vice Detective Ludwig Paz, 51, of Queens,
and his wife, Arelis Peralta, led the
day-to-day operations of the ring. Paz
enlisted the active offi cers to help avoid
police raids at seven brothels under his
supervision in Brooklyn, Long Island
and on Liberty Avenue in Jamaica.
Another brothel was identified
as a home on Onderdonk Avenue in
Ridgewood, across the street from
In some instances, prosecutors noted,
he allegedly paid the cops money
to receive confi dential information
about police activities. News of the
seven active offi cers’ arrests broke on
Wednesday, Sept. 12; nearly three dozen
civilians have also been charged,
and two other NYPD detectives were
placed on modifi ed duty.
Queens District Attorney Richard A.
Brown, in announcing the grand jury indictment
against the ring participants on
Sept. 13, stated that Paz “allegedly used
his knowledge of the inner workings” of
the NYPD to avoid detection.
As one example, he allegedly
required clients at the brothels to
undress and allow themselves to
be fondled in order to pass security
screening; he knew that any undercover
detectives who may have stopped
in could not expose their genitalia
during interactions with alleged prostitutes,
as per NYPD protocol.
Internal Aff airs learned of the prostitution
operation in April 2015 through
a tip provided by a police offi cer who
learned of the scheme. A lengthy investigation,
which involved the use of
undercover agents, court-authorized
wiretaps and surveillance, helped cops
and prosecutors crack the case.
In all, Paz’s prostitution ring netted
more than $2 million between August
2016 and September 2017, prosecutors
said. He took out ads online to solicit
clients, who subsequently visited the
brothels and paid between $40 for a
15-minute encounter with a prostitute
or $160 for a full hour of sex.
Brown said that Paz and Peralta allegedly
operated illegal lottery businesses
at the Sarahi Deli on Springfi eld Boulevard
in Laurelton and the Shining Star
Beauty Salon on 243rd Street in Rosedale.
They employed numerous managers,
runners and agents to help customers
place illegal bets on legal lottery drawings.
All of the offi cers have been suspended
for 30 days without pay, the
New York Daily News reported.
The 104th Precinct released
the following list of persons
arrested in recent police accusations.
The charges are
accusations, and all individuals
listed in this blotter are
presumed innocent until proven
guilty. For questions about
the names listed in the blotter,
contact the 104th Precinct at
Sept. 10: (Beat 3) Marcos Vasquez,
at Summerfi eld Street, for criminal
contempt, by P.O. Oswald. (Beat 4)
Maria Alicea, at 64-02 Catalpa Ave.,
for menacing, by Det. Scrimenti.
(Beat 4) Jaiko Naula, at 64-02 Catalpa
Ave., for assault, by Det. Bazilio. (Beat
2) Edward Monez, at Onderdonk and
Catalpa Avenues, for assault, by P.O.
Bartichek. (Beat 3) Stuart Rose, at
Myrtle Avenue, for petit larceny, by
Sept. 11: No arrests reported.
Sept. 12: (Beat 4) Mario Blanco, at
65th Place and Catalpa Avenue, for
grand larceny, by P.O. Hili. (Beat 12)
Daniel Nemeth, at 78th Street and 66th
Road, for petit larceny, by P.O. Jackson.
(Beat 2) Hendrick Cuevas, at 69th and
Forest Avenues, for aggravated unlicensed
operator, by P.O. Kucic.
Sept. 13: (Beat 4) Daisy Spence, at
64-02 Catalpa Ave., for aggravated
harassment, by P.O. Coronado.
Sept. 14: (Beat 16) Segundo Ortiz,
at 78th Street, for operating
a motor vehicle while under the
influence of alcohol, by P.O. Taveras.
(Beat 4) Joshua Reyes, at
Fresh Pond Road, for criminal
obstruction of breathing, by P.O.
Sept. 15: (Beat 15) Andrew Cardona,
at Fairview Avenue and Bleecker
Street, for aggravated unlicensed
operator, by P.O. Nardello.
Sept. 16: (Beat 2) Bryan Llambo,
at Putnam Avenue, for DWI, by P.O.
Prizeman. (Beat 13) Ruben Quilli,
at Metropolitan and Flushing Avenues,
for aggravated DWI, by P.O.
Claybrooks. (Beat 5) Ariel Espinal,
at 60th Lane, for criminal mischief,
by P.O. Leblanc. (Beat 3) Oscar Garcia,
at Forest Avenue, for acting in a
manner injurious to a child, by P.O.
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