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Alleged sex attacker cuff ed
BY EMILY DAVENPORT
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Cops arrest man who violently beat and
sexually assaulted a woman at her Ozone
Police cuff ed a man who repeatedly beat
and tried to rape a woman in Ozone Park
earlier this month.
Nickoloas Samaroo, 21, was arrested
aft er turning himself in on Nov. 28. He
was charged with rape, assault, committing
a criminal sex act, sexual abuse and
criminal possession of a weapon.
According to police, at 3 a.m. on Nov. 9,
Samaroo allegedly knocked out a 39-yearold
woman inside of an apartment on
101st Avenue by kicking and punching
her repeatedly. When the victim regained
consciousness, authorities said, she found
Samaroo attempting to take off her pants.
Law enforcement sources said that the
victim managed to stop Samaroo from
removing her clothes by having a conversation
with him, however when the victim
tried to escape to the bathroom, Samaroo
grabbed her, dragged her to the bedroom
and assaulted her once more, causing her
to lose consciousness again.
When the victim woke up, police
reported, Samaroo was holding a knife
to her face and threatened to harm her
if she didn’t comply with his demands.
When Samaroo forced the victim to perform
oral sex, the victim bit him on the
genitals, causing Samaroo to fall over
and allowing the victim to fl ee the location
Samaroo fl ed the scene on foot eastbound
on 101st Avenue and then southbound
on 108th Street, authorities said.
Th e incident was reported to the 106th
Precinct. Th e victim was treated at a nearby
hospital for lacerations to her face and
fi ght turns deadly
Detectives have arrested a Sunnyside
man accused of delivering a fatal punch
to a foe during a fi ght outside a neighborhood
bar early on Th anksgiving morning.
Steven O’Brien, 25, of 42nd Street was
booked on Nov. 23 for assault in the death
of fellow Sunnyside resident John McGee,
21, of 41st Street. Additional charges are
pending the results of the ongoing investigation.
Law enforcement sources said McGee
and O’Brien got into a fi ght outside of Th e
Gas Light Bar, located at 43-17 Queens
Blvd., just before 3:47 a.m. on Nov. 22.
During the dispute, police said, O’Brien
allegedly punched McGee in the head,
causing McGee to fall and strike his head
against the sidewalk. O’Brien allegedly
fl ed the scene.
Offi cers from the 108th Precinct
and EMS units responded to a 911 call
about the incident. Upon arrival, they
found McGee with trauma to his head.
Paramedics rushed him to Elmhurst
Hospital, where he was pronounced
Th e Mirror and Th e Irish Post reported
that McGee was a native of Ireland and
grew up in County Longford; he had been
living in New York for about a year.
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Vetrano murder trial
ends in hung jury
With the jury solidly deadlocked, a
judge declared a mistrial on Tuesday in
the case of Chanel Lewis, the 22-year-old
Brooklyn man accused of killing Howard
Beach jogger Karina Vetrano during a
brutal assault in August 2016.
“Th e Queens District Attorney’s Offi ce
will retry the case,” a spokesman for
Queens DA Richard Brown said in a
short statement on Nov. 21. “Th e next
court date is Jan. 22, 2018.”
Deliberations took place for just over
13 hours when the jury informed Queens
State Supreme Court Justice Michael
Aloise on Nov. 20 that they were hopelessly
split on whether Lewis was guilty
of the murder and sexual assault of
Vetrano while she ran in Spring Creek
Park, not far from her home.
“It doesn’t seem like we’re making
progress,” the jury wrote to Aloise in
a note quoted in Th e Associated Press.
“We feel that we have exhausted all of
Aft er Lewis’ defense attorneys requested
a mistrial, Aloise granted the motion,
saying “I’m inclined to believe them.”
According to Th e Associated Press,
Vetrano’s parents appeared stunned and
refused to comment as they left the Kew
During its deliberations, the jury asked
to review DNA evidence that was found
on the 30-year-old woman’s cellphone,
under her fi ngernails and on her neck.
Th ey also wanted to see Lewis’ videotaped
confessions in which he allegedly
told detectives he strangled and beat
Vetrano because he “just lost it” and
beat and strangled Vetrano but did not
Lewis’ Legal Aid Society defense attorneys
argued the videotaped confession
was wrongly obtained and should not
have been admissible in the trial.
Backpack thief goes shopping
Police are looking for a crook who
stole a woman’s backpack in Flushing
and later used one of the victim’s credit
cards at a Woodside store.
According to police, at 9:30 p.m. on
Oct. 24, a 52-year-old woman was at a
Speedway gas station, located at 56-01
Main St., when she noticed that she
didn’t have her backpack anymore.
Among the items inside the backpack
were $2,300 in cash and two credit
An ongoing investigation found that
at 10:10 p.m. on Oct. 24, the thief used
one of the victim’s credit cards to purchase
approximately $1,700 worth of
merchandise from a Home Depot located
at 55-10 Northern Blvd. Th e suspect
fl ed the scene in a dark-colored, fourdoor
sedan with two other unidentifi ed
Cops described the thief as a female
with a light complexion and black hair
in a ponytail. She was last seen wearing
a black jacket, a light-colored shirt and
dark-colored pants, and she carried a
light-colored shoulder purse.
Call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS
with information about the case.