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QUEENS WOMAN CHARGED WITH DRIVING WHILE INTOXICATED AND VEHICULAR ASSAULT FOR SERIOUSLY INJURING 8-YEAR-OLD GIRL AND GRANDMOTHER DURING AFTERNOON COLLISIONS

July 1, 2022

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz announced today that Alexandra Lopez, 52, has been charged with vehicular assault, driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs and other crimes for the June 28, 2022 multiple collisions that took place on 31st Avenue in Queens. The defendant struck multiple vehicles and two pedestrians – an 8-year-old…

JURY CONVICTS DEFENDANT OF ASSAULT IN THE FIRST DEGREE FOR STABBING MAN WITH BROKEN BOTTLE FOLLOWING MINOR CAR ACCIDENT

June 16, 2022

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz announced today that Robert Finley, 46, has been convicted at trial of assault in the first degree for stabbing a man in the face with a broken glass bottle. A minor traffic incident escalated into a near-deadly altercation when the victim stepped out of his vehicle after his car was…

DEFENDANT INDICTED BY GRAND JURY FOR SLAYING OF PAWN SHOP OWNER; VICTIM WAS REPEATEDLY STRUCK WITH BLUNT OBJECT

June 10, 2022

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz announced today that Rodolfo Lopez-Portillo, 48, has been indicted by a Queens County grand jury and arraigned in Supreme Court on murder charges and other crimes. The defendant allegedly struck and killed a 60-year-old pawn shop owner in broad daylight inside the Jamaica Avenue store in March 2022. District Attorney…

QUEENS MAN WHO BABYSAT SEVEN-YEAR-OLD GIRL CONVICTED FOR SEXUALLY ABUSING VICTIM FOR THREE YEARS

June 10, 2022

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz announced today that Jose Nivelo, 43, has been convicted of course of sexual conduct against a child for sexually abusing a seven-year-old girl over a three-year period starting in 2012. The defendant was babysitting the girl in his Queens home when the abuse occurred. DA Katz, when she was an…

BROOKLYN MAN CHARGED IN SCHEME TO STEAL JAMAICA HOME FROM ELDERLY WIDOW BY CLAIMING SHE DIED AND HE WAS HER SON

June 10, 2022

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz, along with New York City Sheriff Anthony Miranda and New York City Finance Commissioner Preston Niblick, announced today that Christopher Williams, 41, has been charged with grand larceny, falsifying business records, identity theft, scheme to defraud and other crimes. The defendant allegedly used forged paperwork to claim ownership of a…

QUEENS MAN SENTENCED TO 21 YEARS IN PRISON FOR 2019 FAR ROCKAWAY SHOOTING THAT KILLED MAN

June 9, 2022

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz announced today that Michael Hall, 36, has been sentenced to 21 years in prison for the December 2019 fatal shooting of a 45-year-old man in front of a Far Rockaway deli. The defendant pleaded guilty to manslaughter last month in Queens Supreme Court. District Attorney Katz said, “Gun violence is…

QUEENS HIGH SCHOOL TEACHER CHARGED WITH FORCIBLY TOUCHING STUDENT AND OTHER CRIMES

June 4, 2022

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz announced today that Shannon Hall, 31, a teacher at Jamaica Gateway to the Sciences High School has been charged with forcible touching, endangering the welfare of a child and other crimes for abusing two female students, 14 and 16, from the school. District Attorney Katz said, “As parents, each day…

MAN INDICTED FOR KILLING GREAT WALL RESTAURANT DELIVERYMAN WHO WAS SHOT DOWN ON SCOOTER IN APRIL IN FOREST HILLS

June 2, 2022

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz announced today that Glenn Hirsch, 51, has been indicted by a Queens County grand jury on murder, stalking and other charges in the death of a 45-year-old Chinese food restaurant delivery worker. The victim was gunned down on his scooter, just moments after dropping off an order in Forest Hills…

BROOKLYN MAN SENTENCED TO EIGHT YEARS IN PRISON AFTER PLEADING GUILTY TO SEX TRAFFICKING A TEEN GIRL

June 1, 2022

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz announced today that Jordan Adderley, 32, was sentenced to eight years in prison after pleading guilty to sex trafficking of a child, rape and other crimes. The defendant profited from the prostitution of a 16-year-old girl whom he drove to various hotels, including the now-closed Umbrella Hotel in Kew Gardens,…

NYPD OFFICER INDICTED AND CHARGED WITH TAMPERING WITH EVIDENCE

May 25, 2022

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz announced today that NYPD Police Officer Kevin Martin, 45, has been indicted by a Queens County grand jury and arraigned in Supreme Court on tampering with evidence and other charges. The defendant failed to wear his body-worn camera during a March 2019 arrest in which an illegal gun was recovered….

QUEENS MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO ATTEMPTED MURDER FOR SHOOTING FORMER SUNY BUFFALO FOOTBALL PLAYER

May 25, 2022

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz announced today that Jeffrey Thurston, 28, has pleaded guilty to attempted murder, criminal possession of a weapon and other crimes for shooting a former student athlete outside a deli on Springfield Boulevard in July 2020. The defendant also pleaded guilty to burglary charges for a March 2020 incident involving an…

QUEENS MAN CHARGED WITH MURDER FOR DEADLY STABBING OF FLUSHING RESIDENT

May 24, 2022

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz announced today that Yang Zhang, 35, has been charged with murder, burglary and other crimes in the stabbing death of a 41-year-old man that took place in the early morning hours of Sunday, May 22, 2022. District Attorney Katz said, “This brutal act of violence is compounded by the seemingly…

QUEENS MAN SENTENCED TO PRISON FOR THREATENING TRANSGENDER WOMAN WITH ILLEGAL FIREARM

May 23, 2022

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz announced today that Quame Truitt, 24, has been sentenced to five years in prison after pleading guilty to attempted criminal possession of a weapon for a September 2021 incident in which the defendant pointed an illegal firearm at a transgender woman in Jamaica, Queens. District Attorney Katz said, “The defendant…

BROOKLYN MAN INDICTED ON MURDER CHARGES IN ROCK ATTACK ON WOMAN IN CORONA

May 23, 2022

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz announced today that Elisaul Perez, 33, has been indicted by a Queens County grand jury on murder and manslaughter charges, in addition to earlier filed charges of assault and criminal possession of a weapon in the November 2021 Thanksgiving weekend attack of 61-year-old Guiying Ma. Mrs. Ma was struck in…

QUEENS MAN SENTENCED TO PRISON FOR ATTEMPTED MURDER FOR SHOOTING UPS DELIVERY DRIVER WHOSE TRUCK BLOCKED TRAFFIC

May 19, 2022

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz announced today that Jahsheen Osbourne, 21, has been sentenced to 17 years in prison for the unprovoked shooting of a UPS delivery driver in Woodside, Queens. The 15-year-veteran UPS worker was attempting to parallel park the brown box truck while the defendant waited in the passenger seat of a stolen…

QUEENS MAN CHARGED WITH MURDER OF JAMAICA PAWN SHOP OWNER

May 19, 2022

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz announced today that Rodolfo Lopez-Portillo, 47, has been charged with murder and other crimes for the death of a 60-year-old pawn shop owner. The defendant allegedly struck the victim multiple times with a blunt object at a Jamaica Avenue pawn shop business in March 2022. District Attorney Katz said, “As…

LONG ISLAND MAN INDICTED FOR STEALING THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS FROM EMPLOYEES IN KICKBACK SCHEME

May 12, 2022

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz, joined by the New York City Department of Investigation (DOI) Commissioner Jocelyn E. Strauber, announced today that Komal Singh, 52, has been charged with grand larceny and other crimes for allegedly taking thousands of dollars in kickbacks from employees working on a New York City School Construction Authority project at…

QUEENS MAN INDICTED ON MURDER CHARGES OF FOREST HILLS WOMAN WHOSE BODY WAS DISCOVERED IN DUFFEL BAG NEAR PARK

May 10, 2022

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz announced today that David Bonola, 44, has been indicted by a Queens County grand jury and arraigned in Queens Supreme Court on murder and other charges for the killing of 51-year-old Orsolya Gaal.  Mrs. Gaal’s body was discovered in a hockey sports bag on Metropolitan Avenue near Union Turnpike on…

QUEENS MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO MANSLAUGHTER IN FAR ROCKAWAY SHOOTING DEATH IN DECEMBER 2019

May 10, 2022

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz announced today that Michael Hall, 36, has pleaded guilty to manslaughter for the December 2019 fatal shooting of a 45-year-old man in front of a Far Rockaway deli. District Attorney Katz said, “As a result of his guilty plea, this defendant has taken responsibility for the December 2019 shooting that…

FAMILY OF ALLEGED SCAM ARTISTS CHARGED WITH NUMEROUS CRIMES, INCLUDING GRAND LARCENY, IDENTITY THEFT, TAX FRAUD

May 4, 2022

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz today announced that Stephanie Bailey, 50, her daughter Chianti Baily, 31, and her sister Latonya Bailey Dostaly, 45, have been charged with multiple crimes including grand larceny, forgery, perjury, identify theft, defrauding the government and official misconduct. District Attorney Katz said, “As alleged, these defendants used virtually every trick in…

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