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Uncle-nephew robbery team busted for Qns. stickups & shooting
BY ROBERT POZARYCKI
Two men have been cuff ed for their
alleged roles in a wild Queens stickup
spree early on Monday morning during
which a Woodside pharmacy worker was
shot in the head and critically injured.
Th e suspects have not yet been identifi
ed by name, but a law enforcement
source familiar with the case said that
they were an uncle and his nephew. Th e
source said the uncle drove the nephew
around as he committed each of the four
Both suspects are now awaiting arraignment
in Brooklyn federal court on federal
robbery charges, the sources said.
At a press conference, NYPD Chief of
Detectives Dermot Shea credited cooperation
with the U.S. Attorney’s offi ce of
the Eastern District of New York, the ATF
and the Queens Robbery Squad for cracking
Th e fi rst episode in the stickup spree
ended violently, when the nephew
allegedly shot a 49-year-old employee
behind the counter of the Duane Reade
pharmacy located at 60-02 Roosevelt Ave.
in Woodside. Sources said the suspect got
into an argument with the employee, then
shot him in the head and hand before
fl eeing empty-handed.
Th e victim remains hospitalized at
Elmhurst Hospital in critical but stable
condition, law enforcement sources said.
A source told Th e Courier that the
uncle then drove the nephew to three
other locations over the next two hours.
Th ey included a 7-Eleven convenience
store located near the corner of Northern
Boulevard and Woodside Avenue in
Woodside about a half-hour aft er the
Duane Reade shooting; a Rite Aid pharmacy
at the corner of 30th Avenue and
33rd Street in Astoria; and fi nally a Rite
Aid pharmacy located at the corner of
115th Avenue and Merrick Boulevard in
In each of those incidents, authorities
said, the suspect approached the counter
posing as a customer making a purchase,
then displayed a fi rearm at a cashier and
Shea indicated that “a lot of good detective
work” and “a mix of diff erent” technological
aspects led law enforcement
agents to the suspects, whose vehicle was
tracked to a Bronx location.
Th e suspects are facing federal robbery
charges under the Hobbs Act, a law
enforcement source said.
Photo via Twitter/@NYPDDetectives
Queens County bar talks about appellate courts
Photo by Walter Karling
The Queens County Bar Association recently held at its downtown Jamaica headquarters its annual presentation focused on signifi cant decisions
and developments within the appellate courts. QCBA President Hilary Gingold is pictured (center) welcoming the panel speakers. She is shown
with (from left to right) Karl Pfl anz, Deputy Chief Court Attorney of the Appellate Division, Second Department; Paul Schechtman, Leading Criminal
Law Practitioner and Professor of Law at Columbia Law School; Spiros Tsimbinos, Supreme Court Analyst and Former Editor of the Criminal Law
Newsletter; and John Barrett, Professor of Constitutional Law at St. John’s School of Law.
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