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QUEENS MOTHER INDICTED ON MANSLAUGHTER CHARGES FOR STARVING HER 7-MONTH-OLD BABY TO DEATH

June 17, 2021

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz announced today that Carla Garriques, 28, has been indicted by a Queens County grand jury and arraigned in Supreme Court on manslaughter and other crimes for allegedly starving her infant child to death. The baby boy died on October 30, 2020 as a result of severe malnutrition and medical neglect….

QUEENS MAN SENTENCED TO 16 YEARS IN PRISON AFTER PLEADING GUILTY TO MANSLAUGHTER FOR KILLING HIS WIFE

June 17, 2021

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz announced today that Miguel Pichardo, 30, has been sentenced to 16 years in prison after pleading guilty to manslaughter for the June 2015 stabbing death of his wife. District Attorney Katz said, “The victim was viciously attacked by her spouse just two weeks after saying ‘I do.’ The defendant told…

QUEENS DISTRICT ATTORNEY MELINDA KATZ ANNOUNCES CREATION OF CRIME STRATEGIES AND INTELLIGENCE UNIT

June 15, 2021

District Attorney Melinda Katz today announced the creation of a new Crime Strategies and Intelligence Unit to improve public safety in Queens County by focusing prosecutorial resources on proactively reducing and preventing criminal activity, particularly violent criminal offenses and gun trafficking.  DA Katz also announced the appointment of Shanon LaCorte as the Unit’s Director. District…

QUEENS MAN INDICTED ON ARSON AND ASSAULT CHARGES FOR SETTING BLAZE THAT INJURED TWO IN APRIL

June 15, 2021

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz, joined by New York City Fire Department Commissioner Daniel Nigro, today announced that Sukhwinder Singh, 47, has been indicted by a Queens County grand jury and arraigned in Supreme Court on arson, assault and other charges for allegedly setting fire to an apartment building on 94th Avenue in Richmond Hill…

QUEENS MAN INDICTED BY GRAND JURY ON VEHICULAR MANSLAUGHTER CHARGES IN DEADLY CRASHES THAT KILLED HIS PASSENGER

June 15, 2021

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz announced today that Harpreet Singh, 20, has been indicted by a grand jury and arraigned in Supreme Court on manslaughter, vehicular manslaughter, assault and other crimes for allegedly drunk driving, running a light and hitting two other motorists. Following the double collisions, a male passenger in the defendant’s car was…

QUEENS RESIDENT INDICTED ON MURDER CHARGES AND OTHER CRIMES FOR SPREE OF KNIFE ATTACKS THAT KILLED ONE MAN IN THE SUBWAY AND LEFT THREE OTHERS SERIOUSLY INJURED

June 15, 2021

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz announced today that Mark Albano, 34, has been indicted by a grand jury and arraigned in Queens Supreme Court on charges of murder, attempted murder and other crimes for four separate stabbing attacks. The defendant allegedly stabbed a man to death in the Grand Avenue-Newton subway station on April 23,…

MAN INDICTED FOR 2020 RAPE OF WOMAN IN QUEENS ALLEY

June 14, 2021

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz announced today that Rony Lopez Alvarez, 38, has been indicted by a grand jury and arraigned in Queens Supreme Court for rape, kidnapping and other charges. The defendant allegedly forced a woman into an alley and attacked her in January 2020. District Attorney Katz said, “For more than a year,…

BROOKLYN MAN CHARGED WITH MANSLAUGHTER IN DEADLY CRASH THAT KILLED LYFT DRIVER

June 14, 2021

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz announced today that Erik Chimborazo, 22, has been charged with manslaughter, vehicular manslaughter and other crimes for allegedly driving while intoxicated, running a red light and crashing into a Lyft driver. District Attorney Katz said, “The rules of the road exist to save lives. As alleged, this defendant ignored them…

79 GUNS TAKEN OFF THE STREETS AT BUY-BACK EVENT CO-HOSTED BY QUEENS DA MELINDA KATZ, NYS AG LETITIA JAMES AND NYPD

June 12, 2021

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz, New York State Attorney General Letitia James and the New York City Police Department announced that 79 guns were collected today at St. Mary Magdalene Roman Catholic Church in Springfield Gardens, Queens. The gun buyback comes as the city has experienced an increase in gun violence and sought to curb…

QUEENS COUPLE CHARGED WITH ILLEGAL GUN POSSESSION FOR STASH OF FIREARMS FOUND IN HOME

June 12, 2021

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz announced today that Ashram and Elizabeth Lochan, who reside next door to the house where 10-year-old Justin Wallace was shot and killed June 5, have been charged with criminal possession of a weapon. As alleged, police found several illegal firearms in their Edgemere, Queens, home after the execution of a…

QUEENS MAN INDICTED BY GRAND JURY IN BEATING DEATH OF HOMELESS ACQUIANTANCE

June 11, 2021

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz announced today that Piotr Wilk, 35, has been indicted by a Queens County grand jury and arraigned in Supreme Court for manslaughter in the death of a homeless man. The defendant allegedly beat the victim to death on April 29, 2021. District Attorney Katz said, “This was a brutal crime…

WOODHAVEN MAN INDICTED ON MANSLAUGHTER CHARGES IN DEATH OF SEVEN-WEEK-OLD SON

June 10, 2021

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz today announced that Luis Sanchez, 30, has been indicted by a Queens grand jury on manslaughter and other charges in the death of his infant son inside the family’s 88th Street residence in August 2019. District Attorney Katz said, “A baby was left in his father’s care, where he should…

QUEENS MAN CHARGED WITH MURDER IN SHOOTING DEATH OF 10-YEAR-OLD BOY IN FAR ROCKAWAY

June 9, 2021

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz announced today that Jovan Young, 29, has been charged with murder, attempted murder and other crimes for the deadly shooting last Saturday that killed a 10-year-old boy and injured another male inside a home in Edgemere, Queens. District Attorney Katz said, “There isn’t a parent alive who doesn’t mourn this…

QUEENS RESIDENT PLEADS GUILTY TO MANSLAUGHTER IN 2018 SHOOTING DEATH OF MAN SEATED IN VAN IN CAMBRIA HEIGHTS

June 8, 2021

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz announced today that John Jahlik Hines, 27, has pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the shooting death of a Rosedale, Queens, resident. The victim was seated inside a van in Cambria Heights when the defendant fired multiple shots, killing him on June 3, 2018. District Attorney Katz said, “The defendant in…

QUEENS DISTRICT ATTORNEY CO-HOSTS GUN BUY BACK EVENT WITH NYS ATTORNEY GENERAL LETITIA JAMES AND NYPD

June 8, 2021

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz, along with New York Attorney General Letitia James and the New York City Police Department will sponsor a Gun Buy Back event this Saturday, June 12th, at St. Mary Magdalene Roman Catholic Church in Springfield Gardens, Queens. District Attorney Katz said, “In these difficult days, it is important that we…

QUEENS DISTRICT ATTORNEY MELINDA KATZ AND THE NYPD ANNOUNCE THE CREATION OF NEW PROGRAM TO HELP JAMAICA BUSINESSES

June 8, 2021

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz, joined by New York City Police Department officials, members of the Jamaica business community and elected officials, today announced a new initiative to discourage disruptive, unwanted activity inside, and in front of, local shops and stores. District Attorney Katz said, “This program, conceived in partnership with my Office, the police…

STATEMENT OF QUEENS DISTRICT ATTORNEY MELINDA KATZ ON RECENT GUN VIOLENCE

June 7, 2021

After a weekend of bloodshed that included the senseless death of a young child, it is more important than ever for our communities to come together. Our grief cannot weaken our resolve to stop gun violence. Justin Wallace’s death – indeed, every shooting – underscores the urgent need to stand together with our communities, clergy…

QUEENS MAN CHARGED WITH HATE CRIME FOR PAINTING SWASTIKAS IN ELMHURST NEIGHBORHOOD

June 6, 2021

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz announced today that Kristoffer Bahamonde has been charged with criminal mischief as a hate crime, harassment and other charges for allegedly defacing several locations in Elmhurst, Queens, with swastikas and other graffiti in late May 2021. District Attorney Katz said, “The defendant allegedly used symbols of hate to deface property…

STATEMENT BY QUEENS DISTRICT ATTORNEY MELINDA KATZ AND PEOPLE’S DISMISSAL MOTION – BELL, BOLT & JOHNSON

June 4, 2021

Today, my office moved to dismiss indictments against George Bell, Gary Johnson and Rohan Bolt, who were convicted of the December 21, 1996, murders of Ira “Mike” Epstein and NYPD Police Officer Charles Davis during a robbery attempt of Mr. Epstein’s check cashing business. This follows a thorough, three-month investigation by Executive Assistant District Attorney…

QUEENS DISTRICT ATTORNEY MOVES TO DISMISS CHARGES IN 1996 DOUBLE MURDER CASE

June 3, 2021

Queens County District Attorney Melinda Katz today announced that her office will move to dismiss charges against George Bell, Gary Johnson, and Rohan Bolt, who were convicted of the December 21, 1996, murders of Ira “Mike” Epstein and NYPD Police Officer Charles Davis during a robbery attempt of  Mr. Epstein’s check cashing business. DA Katz…

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