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Dead man on street may
have been homeless
Police are continuing to investigate the
death of a homeless man whose body was
found at a Richmond Hill intersection on
the morning of Saturday, Sept. 22.
At 3:25 a.m. on Sept. 22, offi cers from
the 102nd Precinct responded to a 911
call regarding an unconscious man at
124th Street and Atlantic Avenue.
Upon their arrival, they found the
32-year-old man, unconscious and unresponsive,
with no apparent trauma, police
EMS responded to the location and
pronounced the man dead at the scene.
His identity was withheld, pending family
Th e medical examiner will determine
the cause of death, but at this point, law
enforcement sources indicated that there
were no immediate signs of criminality.
leaves one man dead
Police are looking for the suspects
behind a drive-by shooting in St. Albans
on the night of Tuesday, Sept. 25, that
cost one man his life.
At 9:20 p.m. on Sept. 25, police responded
to a 911 call regarding a man who was
shot in the vicinity of 118th Road and
Upon their arrival, offi cers from the
113th Precinct learned from witnesses
that unknown individuals had fi red several
shots from inside of a gray four-door
sedan before fl eeing the scene southbound
on Farmers Boulevard.
A 34-year-old man who had been standing
near where the shooting occurred
took a bullet to the torso, authorities said.
Before police had arrived at the scene,
the victim was rushed by private means
to Jamaica Hospital, where he later died.
Police have withheld his identity, pending
family notifi cation.
No arrests have been made at this time.
Th e investigation is ongoing.
victim in the butt
Cops continue to search for the suspect
who shot a man in the butt on an Astoria
street last weekend.
Police reported that at 4 p.m. on Sept.
21, a 21-year-old man was standing
outside on 27th Avenue when he was
approached by an unknown man, who
pulled out a gun and shot the victim twice
in the buttocks. Th e gunman then fl ed
into a residence on 27th Avenue.
Offi cers from the 114th Precinct and
to the scene.
P a r a m e d i c s
victim to a
in stable condition.
do not know
the motive that
24, the NYPD
of the gunman,
last seen wearing
a black hooded
white images on
its front and back,
and blue jeans.
regards to this
incident is asked
to call the NYPD’s
Hotline at 800-
or for Spanish,
(74782). Th e public
can also submit
their tips by
logging onto the
website, nypdcrimestoppers.com or by
texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES)
then enter TIP577. All calls and messages
are kept confi dential.
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Queens man who lured
Australian teen for
sex gets 35 years
A Jamaica man will be spending a
long time in federal prison for enticing
an underage Australian girl he met
online into coming to America for a sexual
Sean Price, 40, was convicted back
in December 2017 on federal charges
including interstate and foreign enticement
to engage in sexual activity, interstate
and foreign transportation of a
engage in sexual
a Mann Act
of a child.
At a sentencing
on Sept. 21,
G a r a u f i s
to serve 35
years of supervised release. He must
also make restitution to the girl’s family.
Law enforcement sources said that
Price fi rst made contact with the girl
in the fall of 2016 online. Th e relationship
escalated by January of the following
year into daily messages through
Facebook, much of which were sexual
Federal prosecutors said that Price
repeatedly communicated his desire to
have sex with the girl, and worked to
persuade her to come to the United
States to meet with him. Knowing she
was underage, he urged her to make the
journey halfway across the globe without
her parents or law enforcement
fi nding out.
To that end, authorities said, Price discussed
obtaining a fake passport for her
so she could travel internationally, even
going as far as to off er to impersonate
her father in order to get her through
airport security in the United States.
When she told Price that she did
not need parental permission to fl y
internationally, prosecutors said, Price
responded, “So you coming to papa?”
Finally, aft er months of planning,
Price wired $900 to the girl, who then
purchased a plane ticket to Los Angeles.
Price was waiting for her in L.A. when
there in April
a rental car,
he then drove
the girl across
States back to
his home in
in the U.S. and
girl and Price four weeks later. In statements
made to authorities following his
arrests, Price admitted that he and the
girl engaged in sex repeatedly during
their cross-country trip and while she
was living with him in Queens.
According to U.S. Attorney Richard
Donoghue, the girl’s family recently
informed U.S. District Court that
they’re still struggling with the trauma
infl icted by Price and her journey
“Sean Price preyed upon the vulnerabilities
of a young teenage girl, luring
her across the world and away from
her home for his own illicit purposes,”
Donoghue said on Sept. 21. “With
today’s sentence, Price has been held
accountable for that predatory conduct.”