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College Point, Flushing &
Man jumps to his death
off Whitestone Bridge
A man lost his life aft er plunging 135
feet from the Bronx-Whitestone Bridge
early in the morning of Tuesday, April 10.
According to police, a man jumped off
the Bronx side of the Bronx-Whitestone
Bridge just before 7 a.m. on April 10.
NYPD Harbor Units retrieved the victim
and brought him to a nearby dock.
EMS responded to the scene and transported
the man to Flushing Hospital,
where he was pronounced dead at 8 a.m.
Police withheld the man’s identity,
pending family notifi cation. An investigation
Traffi c on the bridge and the Whitestone
Expressway was snarled while NYPD and
FDNY units responded to the incident.
Corona & Elmhurst
Warning about Corona
Police in Corona are urging residents to
exercise caution in the area as they look
for two knife-wielding men responsible
for a pair of recent street robberies.
Th e fi rst incident occurred at 9:05
p.m. on March 28 in the area of 50th
Avenue and 98th Street. According to law
enforcement sources, two unidentifi ed
Hispanic men approached a 30-year-old
man, displayed a knife and removed the
Four nights later, at 9:30 p.m. on April
1, the crooks struck again at the corner of
Corona Avenue and Junction Boulevard.
Authorities said the suspects again displayed
a knife, this time at a 26-yearold
man, struck him with an unknown
object and removed his watch. Th e victim
wound up being treated for a minor
Both holdups were reported to the
110th Precinct. Th e precinct alerted residents
on April 7 through a post on its
Anyone with information regarding the
robbery series can call the 110th Precinct
Detective Squad at 718-476-9317. If you
see a robbery in progress, call 911 immediately.
Bayside, Douglaston, Flushing,
Little Neck burglar
rips off restaurant
Police are searching for a man who stole
hundreds of dollars from a Little Neck
business last week.
On April 4 at around 2:45 a.m., an
unidentified suspect entered the
Bocconcini Pizzeria & Restaurant at 254-
19 Northern Blvd. through a defective
rear door and removed $500 cash from
the location, according to law enforcement
sources. He then fl ed the scene in an
Authorities described the suspect as a
white or Hispanic man who was last seen
wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, white
mask and white gloves.
Th e incident was reported to the 111th
Precinct. Th e investigation is ongoing.
Anyone with information in regards to
this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s
Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS
(8477) or for Spanish, 888-57-PISTA
(74782). Th e public can also submit their
tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers
website, nypdcrimestoppers.com, or by
texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES)
then enter TIP577. All calls and messages
are kept confi dential.
Earlier this month, Captain John Hall,
commander of the 111th Precinct, noted
that burglaries continue to drive crime
within the precinct, which otherwise saw
reductions. A total 57 burglaries were
recorded year to date through April 1, as
compared to 46 in 2017.
Astoria & Long Island City
City employee attacks
girlfriend at hotel
A city employee tried to resist arrest
and attacked a police officer after a
fight with her girlfriend became physical
at a Long Island City hotel.
According to police, on April 8,
Octayvia Scott, 26, who works as an
Human Resources Administration
worker, was arrested at 2:05 p.m. after
she got into a domestic dispute with her
Police could not confirm the exact
location of the dispute, however the
Daily News reported that it took place
at the Giorgio Hotel on 13th Street in
Long Island City.
The dispute started as a verbal argument,
but quickly turned violent when
Scott began to punch the victim in the
face and body. She also bit the victim
several times on the arms. The victim
suffered minor cuts and bruising as a
result of the attack.
Officers from the 114th Precinct
responded to the scene to take Scott
into custody. Scott began to resist
arrest by flailing her arms, refusing to
be handcuffed and began to shout profanities.
In an effort to have Scott calm down,
the officer on the scene had her sit
down. Scott then proceeded to kick
the officer, who suffered a minor contusion.
Scott was charged with assault,
assaulting a police officer, harassment,
resisting arrest and disorderly conduct.
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Wage dispute sparked
Elmhurst arson attempt
Hot under the collar over his pay, a disgruntled
construction worker was busted
this week for trying to set fi re to a
Elmhurst restaurant that his employer
owns, fi re marshals announced on Friday.
Andrew Chung, 41, of 84th Avenue
in Jamaica entered the Islander Seafood
Restaurant located at 79-21 Queens
Blvd. at 11 a.m. on April 4 carrying
a fi ve-gallon container of gasoline.
According to the criminal complaint
that the Queens District Attorney’s
offi ce provided, Chung allegedly said
that he was going to burn down the
restaurant and kill the owner.
Fire Department sources said that
Chung proceeded to splash it across the
eatery, soaking a female employee in the
Restaurant workers were able to
restrain Chung before he could light the
place on fi re, but fi re marshals said that
he managed to escape their grasp. He
fl ed the scene before police offi cers and
Fire Department personnel arrived.
Th e FDNY released security camera
footage of Chung allegedly spreading
gasoline throughout the eatery, including
Photo courtesy of FDNY
Following an investigation, fi re marshals
apprehended Chung near his
residence. Th ey learned that Chung
attempted to torch the restaurant aft er
getting into a beef with his his employer,
who owns the establishment.
“If the gasoline had been lit, many
lives would have been in peril because of
this dangerous act,” Fire Commissioner
Daniel Nigro said in an April 6 statement.
Chung was charged with second-degree
attempted arson, attempted assault,
reckless endangerment and criminal
possession of a weapon.