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College Point, Flushing &
Whitestone car part
A Whitestone man faces up to four
years in prison for allegedly clipping an
expensive part from 15 cars in neighborhoods
including Flushing, Astoria and
College Point, prosecutors announced.
Michael Cipriati, 33, of 11th Avenue
faces charges including criminal mischief
and auto stripping aft er being linked
to theft s in Astoria, Long Island City,
Sunnyside Gardens, Jackson Heights,
Flushing, College Point and Little Neck,
according to Queens District Attorney
Richard A. Brown. Cipriati was arraigned
in criminal court on Dec. 7.
According to the charges, the
Whitestone resident removed catalytic
converters from 15 parked vehicles
throughout the borough between Oct.
20 and Dec. 6. Make and models of the
targeted cars included a Ford Econoline
van, Chevy Cavalier, Honda Odyssey and
In each instance, prosecutors said,
Cipriati was either observed removing
the car part or cellphone records connected
him to the area at the time the expensive
part was stolen. In at least 11 of the
occasions, the defendant would then sell
the car part the same day it was stolen to
Alpha Recycling in the Bronx.
Additionally, at the time of the arrest,
Cipriati was discovered driving a Mercedes
Benz while his license was suspended,
prosecutors said. He was also allegedly in
possession of two Oxycodon pills.
Cipriati is charged with third-degree
criminal mischief, fourth-degree grand
larceny, second-degree auto stripping,
fourth- and fi ft h-degree criminal possession
of stolen property, petit larceny,
seventh-degree criminal possession
of a controlled substance and second-degree
aggravated unlicensed operation of a
Bail was set at $20,000 bond or $10,000
cash. If convicted, the defendant faces up
to four years in prison.
Brown said thieves are “growing more
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Corona & Elmhurst
Deadly stabbing in
Detectives are still looking for the suspect
who stabbed a 25-year-old man
to death inside an Elmhurst home on
Tuesday, Dec. 12.
Offi cers from the 110th Precinct
responded to a 911 call at 8:29 a.m. on
Dec. 12 and entered an apartment building
at the intersection of 80th Street and
Once inside, they found 25-year-old
David Alejandro Gonzalez with multiple
stab wounds to his torso and he was pronounced
dead at the scene.
According to police, Gonzalez lived in
the building, but they could not confi rm
if he was found in his apartment.
Th ere have been no arrests as of press
time, and the investigation is ongoing.
Brother arrested for
fatally stabbing sibling
Cops have arrested the brother of a
29-year-old man who was fatally stabbed
in St. Albans on the night of Sunday, Dec.
10, during an apparent domestic dispute,
On Dec. 11, police took into custody
Jaleel Glanville, 21, of St. Albans.
According to law enforcement sources,
Glanville and the victim were siblings and
the stabbing may have been a result of a
At approximately 10:47 p.m. on Dec.
10, offi cers from the 113th Precinct
responded to a 911 call regarding a person
stabbed outside a home on Jordan
Avenue near Farmers Boulevard.
Upon their arrival, authorities said, the
offi cers found a 29-year-old man with
stab wounds to his left forearm, right
hand and left leg.
EMS responded to the location and
transported the victim to Queens Hospital
Center, where he was pronounced dead.
Th e identity of the deceased is being withheld
pending family notifi cation.
According to the New York Daily News,
police shut off access to Jordan Avenue
following the incident and searched for
witnesses and clues near B & R Spice
Jamaican Restaurant, close to the crime
Glanville was charged with murder,
manslaughter and criminal possession of
Former Bayside teacher
guilty in net sex sting
A former substitute teacher from
Bayside pleaded guilty on Dec. 11 to
charges that he tried to lure a 14-yearold
girl he met online — who turned out
to be an undercover cop — into a sexual
rendezvous for cash.
Christopher Tselios, 29, of 64th
Avenue was arrested in July 2016 as part
of an NYPD Vice Enforcement Major
Case Team sting operation. According
to authorities, he had arranged to meet
the “girl” in Forest Hills with the intention
of paying her $500 for oral sex.
Law enforcement sources said
that Tselios had worked for the city
Department of Education as a substitute
special education teacher until 2015.
Th e week of his arrest, he had planned
to leave the U.S. permanently for South
Korea, where he was scheduled to teach
According to Queens District Attorney
Richard A. Brown, the undercover detective
made contact with Tselios on July
26, 2016, in responding to a Craigslist ad
seeking “fun with a teen high schooler or
younger.” Tselios sent a response inquiring
about the “girl’s” age; the undercover
agent claimed to be 14 years old.
Th rough an email conversation, prosecutors
said, the agent sent a photo of a
female undercover offi cer, and Tselios
sent a photo of himself. In a July 29
email, Tselios then suggested that they
meet up at a Forest Hills restaurant to
“fool around” and off ered $500 to further
Law enforcement sources said the
female undercover offi cer went to the
unidentifi ed restaurant at 11 p.m. that
night when Tselios showed up. He told
the female offi cer to leave with him,
and they walked toward his parked car,
where police apprehended him.
During his Dec. 11 court appearance,
Tselios pleaded guilty to charges of second
degree attempted criminal sexual
act, fi rst-degree attempted disseminating
indecent material to minors, second
degree attempted patronizing a
prostitute and attempted endangering
the welfare of a child. He is scheduled to
return to court on Feb. 6 and will likely
be sentenced to three months in jail
followed by 10 years’ probation; Tselios
will also be required to register as a sex