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Passenger beats up bus driver
After learning that there’s no such
thing as a free ride, a passenger in
Laurelton decided to beat up an MTA
bus driver, police said.
Cops released images on Dec. 23 of
a man who attacked a bus driver on
the night of Dec. 14 at 10:38 p.m. at
a stop on the Q5 line along Merrick
Boulevard near 220th Street.
According to authorities, the assailant
boarded the bus and demanded
that the 32-year-old male driver
let him on without paying the $2.75
fare. When the driver refused, the passenger
went on the attack, punching
the driver multiple times in the
face before exiting the bus and running
away northbound on Merrick
Officers from the 105th Precinct and
EMS units responded to the scene.
Paramedics brought the injured bus
driver to Long Island Jewish Valley
Stream Hospital, where he was treated
for his injuries.
Cops described the assailant as a
black man between 20 and 24 years
of age, standing 6 feet tall and weighing
185 pounds. He was last seen wearing
a red hooded sweatshirt, blue sweat
pants with white stripes on the sides,
and white sneakers.
Anyone with information regarding
his whereabouts can call Crime
Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS. All calls are
Burglar breaks into
house of worship
Cops are looking for a man who broke
into a Flushing house of worship last
week and fl ed without taking anything.
According to police, at 1:22 p.m. on
Dec. 17 an unknown man broke into the
Evangelical Mission Church Seminary,
located on the second fl oor of 41-42
College Point Blvd., by walking into the
building and through an unlocked door
leading into the location.
However, authorities said, the suspect
ultimately left the scene empty-handed.
Th e NYPD released images of the suspect
on Dec. 23. Th ey described the burglar
as a man with facial hair believed to
Call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS
with information on the case.
Homeless man indicted
for Brooklyn rape
A homeless man who lived at a Queens
shelter faces up to 25 years in prison
for brutally raping a woman near the
Prospect Park Parade Ground last month,
according to Brooklyn’s top prosecutor.
A grand jury charged the defendant,
Mowngly Lucas, 28, with a top count of
predatory sexual assault on Dec. 20, following
his alleged assault of the 59-yearold
victim on Nov. 18.
Prosecutors said that Lucas resided at
an unidentifi ed Queens shelter at the time
of the incident. Th e NYPD announced
his place of residence as 112-36 Roosevelt
Ave., which is the location of a Best
Western Plus hotel.
According to Brooklyn District
Attorney Eric Gonzalez, Lucas allegedly
put the woman in a chokehold on
Parkside Avenue near Parade Place at 5
a.m. before telling her, “I have a knife. I
just got out of jail and I don’t care, so follow
what I told you.”
Lucas then allegedly pulled down the
woman pants and raped her on the sidewalk,
before dragging her behind a bench,
ordering her onto her hands and knees,
and raping her again, law enforcement
sources said alleged.
Police said that Lucas allegedly dragged
the woman by her neck to a van parked
nearby, entered it with her aft er breaking
a window, and raped her for a third time
inside the vehicle, before grabbing money
from her purse and fl eeing.
Richmond Hill father & son
stole armored car: Feds
A federal grand jury indicted a father
and son from Richmond Hill for their
roles in an armored car theft on Long
Island last month in which they stole
more than a half-million dollars in
Federal prosecutors said that
Raymond Soto Sr. and Raymond Soto
Jr., along with Alexis Laguerra, worked
together to carry out the Nov. 2 heist
in Valley Stream. Th e FBI took Soto Sr.
into custody on Dec. 21; his son, however,
remains at large. Laguerra was previously
picked up on a criminal complaint
and released on bail.
According to U.S. Attorney Richard
Donoghue, the entire caper was an inside
job; Laguerra worked as a armored car
driver at GardaWorld, and facilitated
the truck’s theft on Nov. 2 while he was
At 2:22 a.m. on Nov. 2, law enforcement
sources said, Laguerra and an
unidentifi ed GardaWorld employee
were working a regular shift to empty
ATM machines at bank branches and
refi ll them with fresh money in amounts
ranging between $99,800 to $275,000.
Federal prosecutors said that Laguerra
pulled into a bank on Sunrise Highway
in Valley Stream and, along with the
unidentified employee, exited the
armored car and entered the branch.
Th at’s when the Sotos allegedly entered
the armored car and drove away.
Th e Nassau County Police Department
later located the unoccupied armored
car under an overpass a few blocks away;
detectives determined that $510,000 in
cash had been stolen.
Th rough an investigation, detectives
learned that Laguerra and the Sotos were
all members of the Unknown Bikers
Motorcycle Club, based in Brooklyn.
Moreover, they found out that Laguerra
and the junior Soto allegedly exchanged
text messages setting up the theft , and
later destroyed them to cover their
Law enforcement agents raided the
Sotos’ residence on Dec. 21, fi nding
$131,000 in cash, bundled in the same
manner that GardaWorld packages its
cash. Authorities also recovered from
the home a gun, ammunition and quantities
of marijuana and cocaine.
All three defendants were indicted
for bank larceny; Laguerra and Soto Jr.
were additional indicted on conspiracy
to obstruct justice.
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