10 FEBRUARY 8, 2018 RIDGEWOOD TIMES WWW.QNS.COM
POLICE BEAT Compiled by Ryan Kelley and Robert Pozarycki
MASPETH & MIDDLE
NO CHARGES AFTER FALSE
A report and ensuing police response to
an apparent abduction caused quite a commotion
in Middle Village on the aft ernoon of
Thursday, Feb. 1, authorities said.
Police responded on Feb. 1 to P.S. 87 on
80th Street with a level 1 mobilization aft er
it was reported that a child had been abducted.
Aft er a brief investigation, however, police
confi rmed that the call has been canceled.
Authorities said that the child in question
has been located and there was some sort of
misunderstanding surrounding the report,
but could not yet provide any specifi cs as of
the evening of Feb. 1.
On Feb. 2, police said they had no information
on fi le about the reported incident.
A spokesperson from the Department of
Education also said on Feb. 2 that the incident
seemed to be a miscommunication, but
referred the Ridgewood Times back to the
Police Department for the offi cial details.
According to Councilman Robert Holden
on Twitter, P.S. 87 Principal Caryn Michaeli
said that the situation was determined to
be non-threatening, adding, “Our staff followed
the appropriate safety protocols and
the situation was resolved without further
Outside the school as children were being
dismissed, a mother of a P.S. 87 student told
the Ridgewood Times that she had not received
any offi cial alert from the school or
the authorities. Instead, she said her daughter
contacted her from her cell phone to tell her
about the reported incident.
Police said the investigation has been
Persons arrested in recent police
actions as reported by the 104th
Precinct include the following:
Jan. 29: (Beat 8) Alejandro Marulanda
and Davon Robins, at Grand
Avenue, for assault, by P.O. Reyes. (Beat
3) Eliezer DeCastro, at Norman Street,
for menacing, by P.O. Sheehan. (Beat 4)
Carlos Luciano, at Madison Street, for
petit larceny, by P.O. Dick.
Jan. 30: (Beat 2) Robert Wolin, at Putnam
and Cypress avenues, for aggravated
unlicensed operator, by P.O. Zbikowski.
(Beat 11) William Schwenk, at 81st Road
and Myrtle Avenue, for menacing, by P.O.
Babayev. (Beat 2) Raymond Pena, at Myrtle
Avenue, for petit larceny, by P.O. Moise.
(Beat 11) Brian Recchia, at 81st Road and
Myrtle Avenue, for assault, by P.O. Babayev.
(Beat 12) Richard Parker, at 75th Street, for
criminal mischief, by P.O. Anderson.
Jan. 31: (Beat 4) Richard Schack, at
64-02 Catalpa Ave., for assault, by Det.
Bazilio. (Beat 4) Camron Bryant, at
64-02 Catalpa Ave., for grand larceny,
by Det. Moon. (Beat 4) Eva Torres, at
64-02 Catalpa Ave., for burglary, by
Det. Friedrich. (Beat 3) Desoberto
Guarneras, at Summerfi eld Street
and Cypress Avenue, for criminal
possession of a weapon, by P.O.
Teemsma. (Beat 14) John Fitzpatrick,
at Eliot Avenue and 72nd Street, for
aggravated unlicensed operator, by
Feb. 1: (Beat 2) Aaron Moya, at Madison
Street, for criminal mischief, by
P.O. Duran. (Beat 4) Karolina M. Orlik,
at 68th and Forest avenues, for criminal
contempt, by P.O. Daquet. (Beat 3)
Marcin Bolesta, at Wyckoff Avenue,
for strangulation, by Det. Bazilio. (Beat
13) Mark honig, at Page Place, for grand
larceny, by Det. Glowa. (Beat 13) Hasan
Abdelhadi, at 56th Street, for robbery,
by Det. Gerardi. (Beat 4) Mauricio
Rivas, at 69th Avenue, for assault, by
Det. Friedrich. (Beat 2) Felipe Oliveras,
at Myrtle Avenue, for petit larceny, by
Feb. 2: (Beat 12) Agata Prestigiacomo,
at Metropolitan Avenue and 80th
Street, for aggravated unlicensed
operator, by P.O. Nardello. (Beat 14)
Ricky Olan Rodriguez, at Metropolitan
Avenue, for petit larceny, by P.O. Mc-
Guire. (Beat 16) Robert Interewicz, at
56th Drive, for aggravated harassment,
by Det. Lodato.
Feb. 3: (Beat 15) Andy Morang, at
Stanhope Street, for intent to obtain
a transaction without paying, by P.O.
Prizeman. (Beat 3) Perdomo S. Gustavo,
at Stephen Street, for assault, by P.O.
Feb. 4: (Beat 3) Maria Toroshina, at
Hancock Street, for assault, by P.O.
Chen. (Beat 15) Hector Flores, at Seneca
Avenue, for failure to pay for a transaction,
by P.O. Petito.
The 104th Precinct, located at 64-
02 Catalpa Ave. in Ridgewood, can be
reached by calling 718-386-3004. It
was noted that all criminal charges are
accusations, and all persons listed in
this blotter are presumed innocent until
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TEACHER IN SEX
VID CASE GETS
CUFFED AGAIN A teacher formerly
assigned to a Ridgewood
who was arrested last October
for allegedly exchanging
X-rated images with one
of his former students is in
trouble with the law again.
Michael Cognato, 35, a
Bethpage, NY, resident who
formerly taught at I.S. 93,
was arrested on Feb. 1 on a
criminal contempt charge.
According to a spokesperson
for Queens District
Attorney Richard A. Brown,
Cognato allegedly contacted
the teenage girl with whom
he previously exchanged
explicit images and videos,
thus violating a protection
Cognato was booked on
Oct. 6, 2017, in a 33-count
indictment for using a
child under 17 for a sexual
a sexual performance by a
minor, possession of sexual
performance by a child and
acting in a manner injurious
to a child.
Prosecutors said Cognato
had been in his eighth-grade
class and continued to
remain in regular contact
following her graduation
from I.S 93. He regularly
communicated with her
through Facebook and
Skype and served as a math
On or about July 20, 2017,
law enforcement sources
said, Cognato allegedly
shared several pictures of
himself shirtless through
Snapchat. He would later
send pictures of himself
naked and engaged the
girl in sexually explicit
Between Aug. 15 and
Sept. 29, authorities said,
Cognato allegedly sent the
girl 15 videos of himself
performing various sexual
acts; the girl also sent him
explicit videos that she had
made at his request.
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