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South Richmond Hill
Robbers sought for
Two suspects are on the run aft er beating
and attempting to rob a 79-year-old
man in South Richmond Hill in broad
daylight last week.
Th e brutal attack occurred at 1:15 p.m.
on July 11 in front of a residence on
127th Street near 102nd Avenue, when
the crooks — whom police described as
two black men — approached the victim
from behind and demanded his necklace,
Law enforcement sources said said that
one of the suspects hit the victim in the
back of the head with a fi rearm, causing
a laceration, and the other perpetrator
also began assaulting the victim, causing
bruising and swelling to the head.
Sources familiar with the investigation
said that the suspects then fl ed eastbound
on 102nd Avenue and got into a parked
red SUV and drove northbound on 127th
Offi cers from the 102nd Precinct
responded to the scene and EMS transported
the victim to Jamaica Hospital for
treatment of his injuries, authorities said.
Th e 102nd Precinct also shared photos
of the suspects and getaway vehicle
Anyone with information regarding the
perpetrators or vehicle is urged to call the
102nd Precinct Detective Squad at 718-
805-3212. All calls are kept confi dential.
Springfi eld Gardens
Woman found dead with
body trauma in home
Detectives are looking into the death of
a woman who was found with body trauma
in her Springfi eld Gardens home on
the night of Tuesday, July 17.
At 9:10 p.m. on July 17, offi cers from
the 105th Precinct responded to a 911
call regarding an unconscious person at
a home on 145th Road near 167th Street.
Upon their arrival, police found 29-yearold
Samantha Stewart, unconscious and
unresponsive, with trauma to her neck
EMS rushed to the location and
declared Stewart dead at the scene. Her
death is being investigated as a homicide.
Police say that it the motive behind
Stewart’s death is unknown at this time.
Th ere were no obvious signs of forced
entry into Stewart’s home.
No arrests have been made at this time,
and the investigation continues.
Local cops help save
A group of fast-acting detectives
worked to save a woman’s life aft er her
friend came into a Queens police precinct
stationhouse looking for help.
NBC New York reported that on July
11, a woman called police pleading with
them to fi nd her girlfriend, whom she
believed was attempting to commit suicide.
Th e woman had been on a FaceTime
call with her girlfriend and had no idea
where she was.
At 6 p.m. that day, the woman went to
the Flushing-based 107th Precinct, where
Detectives Raymon Portillo, Robert
Alartosky, John Acconi and Abigail Soto
jumped into action. With the woman’s
phone, law enforcement sources said,
they were able to get a pin message —
which would give them a general idea
where she was — leading to a hotel in
The NYPD Technical Assistance
Response Unit was able to pinpoint the
friend’s location to Th e Hotel @ Times
Square on 46th Street. Police said the
detectives rushed to the hotel and spoke
to the manager, who gave them a security
key to enter the woman’s room.
Once inside, authorities said, the detectives
found the woman hanging in the
closet. Acconi immediately cut her down
and felt for a pulse. Once the detectives
found that she was breathing on her own,
they called in EMS for assistance.
Th e woman was sent to a hospital for
treatment. Offi cers say that she is grateful
to the detectives who saved her life.
Homeless man arrested for
murder near drug store
A homeless man has been locked up
on murder charges for allegedly stabbing
another undomiciled man to death near a
Woodside drug store last week.
Antonio Cabrera, 45, is accused of killing
Velibor Flores, 39, who is also homeless,
during a dispute in the vicinity of
Roosevelt Avenue and 60th Street on the
morning of July 10.
Th ough police initially reported the
case as a shooting, an autopsy revealed
that Flores was, in fact, fatally stabbed
several times in the torso.
Th e New York Daily News reported
that Cabrera and Flores were drinking in
a public plaza adjacent to a Duane Reade
drug store and got into a dispute with one
another that eventually turned physical.
Offi cers from the 108th Precinct and
EMS units responded to a 911 call at the
location just aft er 12:30 a.m. on July 10.
Paramedics found the wounded Flores
and rushed him to Elmhurst Hospital,
where he was pronounced dead.
Following an investigation, detectives
tracked down Cabrera and booked him
on second-degree murder and fourth-degree
criminal possession of a weapon.
Court records noted that Cabrera was
ordered held in custody without bail at
his July 14 arraignment. He’s due back in
court on July 27.
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Suspect wanted for string
of 13 Queens robberies
A suspect involved in 13 robberies
across Middle Village, Jackson Heights,
East Elmhurst and Flushing over a fi veday
period this month is still on the run.
Over the course of fi ve days, two men
robbed a number of victims, many of
them at gunpoint, for their wallets and
cellphones. Each incident took place
between 9 p.m. and 1:30 a.m., with
many robberies occurring just minutes
apart from each other.
Cops managed to catch one of the perpetrators
on July 6. Timothy Lane, 19,
of Brooklyn has been charged with 13
counts of robbery.
Th ere were no injuries reported for
any of the incidents.
In one of the incidents, at 9:05 p.m.
on July 5, a 54-year-old man was standing
in front of 21-30 79th St. in East
Elmhurst when the suspects approached
the victim. Th ey displayed a black fi rearm
and demanded the victim’s wallet
and cellphone. Th e victim complied
and the suspects fl ed the scene with $20.
Images of the wanted bandit following
that incident were released by police
Cops described the at-large suspect
as a black man believed to be 25 years
of age, standing 5 feet, 8 inches tall and
weighing 150 pounds, remains at large.
He was last seen wearing a white tanktop
with black trim, black shorts with
white stripes and white sneakers.
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.