10 FEBRUARY 14, 2019 RIDGEWOOD TIMES WWW.QNS.COM
Friendly fi re claims life of detective in Rich. Hill
The 104th Precinct released the
following list of persons arrested in
recent police actions. The charges
are accusations, and all individuals
listed in this blotter are presumed
innocent until proven guilty. For
questions about the names listed in
the blotter, contact the 104th Precinct
Feb. 4: (Ridgewood) Emil Keri, at 64-
02 Catalpa Ave., for criminal contempt,
by P.O. Vazquez. (Ridgewood) Lukasz
Ruszczyk, at 60th Place, for aggravated
contempt, by P.O. Bartichek. (Ridgewood)
Daniel Schutz, at 64-02 Catalpa Ave., for
criminal mischief, by P.O. Shoy.
Feb. 5: (Ridgewood) Ahmed Gamaa,
at Madison Street, for assault, by P.O.
Duran. (Glendale) Johan Duran, at
Vermont Place and Cypress Avenue, for
aggravated unlicensed operator, by P.O.
Feb. 6: (Ridgewood) Anthony Vargas
and Nelson Musse, at Putnam Avenue
and 60th Road, for assault and criminal
possession of a weapon, by P.O. Hopson.
(Ridgewood) Yaniry Martes, at Seneca
Avenue, for aggravated harassment, by
P.O. Ciancio. (Ridgewood) Javier Lopez,
at 64-02 Catalpa Ave., for burglary, by
Feb. 7: (Ridgewood) Marwai
Mustafa, at Wyckoff Avenue and George
Street, for petit larceny, by P.O. Swingle.
(Ridgewood) Xavier Britto, at St.
Nicholas Avenue and Menahan Street,
for aggravated unlicensed operator,
by P.O. Lipori. (Maspeth) Vanessa
Ceballos, at 69th Place, for assault, by
P.O. Rosalez, (Ridgewood) Anna Sibiga,
at 64-02 Catalpa Ave., for grand larceny,
by Det. Gerardi. (Ridgewood) Robert
Williams, at 64-02 Catalpa Ave., for
grand larceny, by Det. Fogus.
Feb. 8: (Maspeth) Romeo N. Blue,
at 53rd Drive and 67th Street, for petit
larceny, by P.O. Petito. (Ridgewood)
Michael J. Caruso, at Fresh Pond
Road and Myrtle Avenue, for criminal
possession of a weapon, by P.O.
Marinacci. (Ridgewood) Anthony Pepe,
at 64-02 Catalpa Ave., for assault, by P.O.
Carr. (Glendale) Jason Jurado, at Cooper
Avenue and Cypress Hills Street, for
aggravated unlicensed operator, by P.O.
Feb. 9: (Ridgewood) Sheron M.
Neal, at Wyckoff Avenue, for making
a terroristic threat, by P.O. Johnson.
(Middle Village) David Alvarez and
Sixto E. Paulino, at 65th Street, for
assault, by P.O. Lam. (Ridgewood)
Darius Lopez, at 64-02 Catalpa Ave., for
criminal contempt, by P.O. Campbell.
(Ridgewood) Hector Hernandez, at 70th
Avenue, for criminal mischief, by P.O.
104 PRECINCT BLOTTER
BY ZACHARY GEWELB, MARK
HALLUM AND ROBERT POZARYCKI
Police continue to investigate
the friendly fire death of a 19-year
NYPD veteran who was shot while
responding to a Richmond Hill
robbery on Tuesday night.
Detective Brian Simonsen, 42,
of the 102nd Precinct Detective
Squad and a sergeant with the
squad responded to a 911 call
about the heist inside the T-Mobile
store located at 91-62 120th St., just
after 6 p.m. on Feb. 12. Simonsen
sustained a gunshot wound to
the chest that proved fatal; the
sergeant was hit in the leg and
is in stable condition at Jamaica
During a press conference
at Jamaica Hospital, Police
Commissioner James O’Neill
indicated that the incident
“appears to be a tragic case of
friendly fire,” as officers began
firing on a suspected robber
inside the store who appeared to
be holding a gun and was walking
The suspect — whom O’Neill
described as a 27-year-old man
and a “career criminal” — was
shot multiple times and is now
hospitalized in stable condition.
The weapon he held turned out to
be an imitation firearm that police
recovered at the scene.
“Make no mistake about it,
friendly fire aside, it’s because
of the actions of the suspect that
Detective Simonsen is dead,”
O’Neill and Mayor Bill de Blasio
met with Simonsen’s wife and
mother at Jamaica Hospital. The
mayor expressed the remorse of
an entire city over the detective’s
“To go into a situation where
people’s lives are in danger, where
there’s someone with a weapon,
our officers, our detectives and
our sergeants go in self lessly to
protect others,” de Blasio said.
“That bravery and that resolve
is something we all need to
understand, even though most of
us have never experienced that
kind of split second decisionmaking.”
The incident reportedly took
place just after 6 p.m. on Feb.
12 at a T-Mobile store located
at Atlantic Avenue and 120th
Street, within the confines of the
Based on preliminary
investigation, O’Neill said, the
NYPD received multiple 911 calls
about the reported robbery. One
caller claimed that an armed man
had been holding several people
inside the store at gunpoint.
Simonsen and the sergeant, who
were in the area on an unrelated
matter, responded to the 911 calls
along with other 102nd Precinct
officers. O’Neill said that they
went into the store to get a closer
look, after being unable to see
anything from the street.
Upon walking into the store,
O’Neill said, Simonsen and the
sergeant spotted the suspect,
who fit the reported perpetrator’s
description, holding what
appeared to be a handgun. The
officers discharged their weapons
as the suspect advanced toward
them, the commissioner said, and
they retreated from the shop.
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