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Mugger attacks and
robs two men
Detectives are looking for a man who is
said to be connected to a pair of robberies
in Woodhaven this month.
Police say that the fi rst incident took
place on Jan. 19. At 6:30 p.m. that day,
a 26-year-old man was walking toward
85th Street aft er getting off the Q52 bus
in the vicinity of Jamaica Avenue and
As he was walking, authorities noted,
he was approached by an unknown man,
who pushed the victim to the ground and
Law enforcement sources said the suspect
took the victim’s iPhone 6s, which
had fallen out of the victim’s pocket, and
proceeded to kick the victim about the
body. Th e victim then handed over his
wallet, which contained $700 and credit
cards, and the thief fl ed the scene on foot.
Th e NYPD said the second incident
took place on Jan. 24 at 5:22 p.m. that evening,
when a 15-year-old boy was walking
home in the vicinity of 79th Street and
Jamaica Avenue. According to authorities,
the the suspect grabbed the teenager
and demanded money.
Th e perpetrator took the victim’s
AirPods and $40 in cash before fl eeing
the scene on foot, police said. No injuries
were reported as a result of this incident.
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Cops described the suspect as a black
man between 18 and 25 years old and
weighing 150 to 170 pounds. Th e 102nd
Precinct tweeted out an image of the perpetrator
on Jan. 28.
Anyone with information about the
robbery pattern or the whereabouts of
the suspect can call the 102nd Precinct
Detective Squad at 718-805-3212. All calls
are kept confi dential.
Man fatally stabs
daughter’s boyfriend: DA
A Briarwood man has been charged
with fatally stabbing his daughter’s boyfriend
in his own home during an argument
Marco Ortiz, 45, was charged with second
degree murder, fi rst-degree manslaughter
and fourth-degree criminal possession
of a weapon. If convicted, Queens
District Attorney Richard A. Brown said,
he could face 25 years to life in prison.
On Th ursday, Jan. 24, authorities were
notifi ed of a stabbing at an apartment
building near 139th and Main streets in
Briarwood. When police from the 107th
Precinct arrived, they discovered 31-yearold
Travis Ford with wounds to his face
Prior to the attack, Ford and Ortiz,
the father of the victim’s girlfriend, had
engaged in verbal altercation that turned
physical. During the scuffl e, Ortiz pulled
out a knife and stabbed Ford. A report
said that the fi ght was allegedly over
Ford’s drinking habits.
Ford was transported to Jamaica
Hospital where he later succumbed to his
Gun-lover gets 3 ½ years
for illegal arsenal
A Flushing man will spend time in prison
for stockpiling a cache of guns and
ammunition in the basement of his home
in March 2018, prosecutors announced
on Jan. 24.
Alan Hoo, 47, pleaded guilty to second
degree criminal possession of a
weapon in December 2018. He was sentenced
to three and a half years in prison
to be followed by fi ve years’ post-release
According to Queens District Attorney
Richard A. Brown, on the morning of
March 25, 2018, Hoo called the police to
report shots fi red by an intruder in his
Mulberry Avenue home.
When police arrived at Hoo’s home,
offi cers found that the call, which was
placed by Hoo, had been a hoax and that
Hoo was the only person in possession of
Despite previously telling police that he
had to wrestle the weapons away from the
intruder who he claimed was shooting up
his apartment, Hoo admitted to owning
Upon searching the home, police found
numerous air rifl es, pistols, assault rifl es,
and a .308-caliber rifl e loaded with three
rounds of ammunition in the chamber
and 25 rounds in the magazine.
Police also found nine high-capacity
magazines and a large bag of fi reworks in
Woman, 92, killed in
A 92-year-old woman died a day aft er
being involved in a two-car collision in
Bayside, police announced on Saturday,
Gwendolyn Booklan of Bay Club Drive
in Bay Terrace had suff ered head and
body trauma in the crash that occurred at
10:55 a.m. on Jan. 25 at the corner of 33rd
Avenue and 202nd Street.
Law enforcement sources said that
Booklan was riding in the front passenger
seat of a 2007 Nissan Altima, driven
by a 59-year-old man, heading westbound
on 33rd Avenue when the vehicle
was struck by another 2007 Altima driven
by a 19-year-old man, traveling northbound
on 202nd Street.
Th e impact of the collision caused both
vehicles to smash into a cement retaining
wall of a nearby home.
Offi cers from the 111th Precinct
responded to a 911 call regarding the
crash. While both drivers were uninjured,
police said, Booklan suff ered head and
Paramedics rushed Booklan to
NewYork-Presbyterian Queens hospital
in critical condition; she died there on
Saturday, Jan. 26, of her injuries.
No arrests have been made, and the
NYPD Collision Investigation Squad is
conducting an inquiry.
Burglar hits two restaurants
Police are asking for help in fi nding a
man who allegedly broke into two restaurants
in Astoria recently and stole cash.
According to law enforcement sources,
at 10:35 p.m. Dec. 16. 2018, a man identifi
ed as Jameek Seymour tried to break
into 3 Greeks Grill at 35-61 Vernon Blvd.
through a side window but was unsuccessful.
He then fl ed the scene on foot.
Shortly aft er, at 11:10 p.m., authorities
noted, Seymour broke into Flor de
Azalea Cafe at 9-02 34th Ave. through
an unlocked side window. Once inside,
Seymour took an unknown amount of
cash from the register and ran out of the
Seymour was last seen wearing a hooded
sweatshirt, sweatpants and sneakers
and is approximately between the ages of
18 and 30, according to police.
Call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS
with information about the incidents.