Arraignments

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,…

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

June 12, 2021

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

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…

QUEENS MAN INDICTED ON MURDER CHARGES IN STABBING DEATH OF MOTHER’S HUSBAND

May 27, 2021

                Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz announced today that Andrew Hinton, 31, has been indicted by a Queens County grand jury and arraigned in Supreme Court on murder charges.   District Attorney Katz said, “Domestic disputes can escalate all-too-quickly into violence. This one erupted into tragedy after the defendant allegedly stabbed his mother’s husband to…

QUEENS RESIDENT CHARGED WITH ATTEMPTED MURDER FOR STABBING MAN WITH KITCHEN KNIFE OVER PARKING SPACE

May 25, 2021

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz announced today that Anthony Thomas, 58, has been charged with attempted murder and assault in the stabbing of a motorist who was parking his car on the block. The defendant allegedly pulled out a kitchen knife and attacked the victim, stabbing him multiple times Sunday, May 23, 2021.   District…

ARRAIGNMENT UPDATE: LONG ISLAND WOMAN INDICTED IN HIT-AND-RUN CRASH THAT KILLED NYPD POLICE OFFICER IN APRIL

May 25, 2021

Defendant Jessica Beauvais, 32, of Myrtle Avenue, in Hempstead, Long Island, was arraigned today before Queens Supreme Court Justice Michael Aloise on a 13-count indictment charging her with aggravated manslaughter in the second degree, manslaughter in the second degree, aggravated criminally negligent homicide, vehicular manslaughter in the second degree, leaving the scene of an incident…

FORMER ACCOUNTANT FOR DEMO COMPANY CHARGED WITH EMBEZZLEMENT FOR CREATING FAKE EMPLOYEES, PUTTING THEM ON THE PAYROLL AND CASHING CHECKS FOR NEARLY $2 MILLION

April 28, 2021

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz announced today that Vedeyah Badal, 56, has been charged with grand larceny and other crimes for allegedly stealing millions of dollars from her employer for a third of the 22 years she worked at an interior and exterior demolition company in Maspeth, Queens. Between 2012 and 2019, the defendant in…

LONG ISLAND WOMAN CHARGED WITH KILLING NYPD POLICE OFFICER IN FATAL HIT AND RUN CRASH

April 27, 2021

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz announced today that Jessica Beauvais, 32, has been charged with aggravated manslaughter, vehicular manslaughter and other crimes for allegedly driving while intoxicated and striking a New York City Highway Police Officer on the Long Island Expressway in the early morning hours of Tuesday, April 27, 2021.   District Attorney Katz…

QUEENS MOTHER CHARGED WITH FIRST DEGREE MURDER FOR KILLING INFANT TWINS; SIX-WEEK OLD BABIES FOUND DEAD IN APARTMENT

April 24, 2021

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz announced today that Danezja Kilpatrick, 23, has been charged with murder in the first degree, criminal possession of a weapon and other crimes for allegedly killing her son and daughter. The 46-day-old babies were found dead in the mother’s apartment in Woodside, Queens, Thursday afternoon. District Attorney Katz said, “This…

QUEENS MAN CHARGED WITH VEHICULAR MANSLAUGHTER IN DEADLY CRASHES THAT KILLED PASSENGER

April 23, 2021

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz announced today that Harpreet Singh, 20, has been charged with vehicular manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide and other crimes for allegedly driving while intoxicated, running a red light and crashing into two vehicles. A male passenger in the defendant’s car was injured and killed in the early morning collisions on Wednesday,…

QUEENS MAN CHARGED WITH HATE CRIME FOR DRAWING SWASTIKA ON A NEIGHBORHOOD SYNAGOGUE

April 16, 2021

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz announced today that Ramtin Rabenou, 41, has been charged with criminal mischief as a hate crime and other crimes for allegedly defacing the Rego Park Jewish Center on Queens Boulevard with a swastika and for scrawling graffiti at multiple other locations in the area in February 2021. “Sadly, we have…

QUEENS MAN CHARGED WITH MURDER IN STRAY BULLET KILLING OF YOUNG MOTHER IN ASTORIA

April 2, 2021

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz announced today that Dajuan Williams, 19, is facing murder and weapons charges for allegedly shooting and killing a 37-year-old mother of two young children last month. The victim, an innocent bystander, was hit by a bullet intended for a rival gang member.

QUEENS SOCCER COACH INDICTED FOR SEXUALLY ASSAULTING STUDENT OVER FIVE YEAR PERIOD

March 17, 2021

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz today announced that Jose Claros, 57, has been indicted by a Queens County grand jury and was arraigned in Queens Supreme Court on course of sexual conduct against a child, sex abuse and other charges for assaulting a 12-year-old student from 2013 through 2018 in his Richmond Hill, Queens, residence….

REHAB CENTER SOCIAL WORKER CHARGED WITH GRAND LARCENY FOR STEALING NEARLY $150,000 FROM 90-YEAR-OLD PATIENT

March 12, 2021

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz announced today that Olivia Gordon, 28, has been charged with grand larceny, identity theft and other crimes for allegedly stealing nearly $150,000 from an elderly patient at a rehab center where she worked as the Director of Social Services in 2019. The defendant also is accused of setting things in…

QUEENS RESIDENT CHARGED WITH MURDER IN SHOOTING DEATH OF 33-YEAR-OLD MAN

March 12, 2021

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz announced today that Mark Watson, 24, has been charged with murder and other crimes in the shooting death of a 33-year-old man in Hollis, Queens, Tuesday evening.   District Attorney Katz said, “A game of dice turned deadly after the defendant allegedly robbed and shot the victim to death. This…

QUEENS COUNTY GRAND JURY INDICTS CAR WASH EMPLOYEE ON VEHICULAR MANSLAUGHTER AND DRUNK DRIVING CHARGES IN DEATH OF WOMAN STRUCK WHILE WALKING TO HER JUST-CLEANED AUTO

March 9, 2021

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz announced today that a Queens County grand jury has indicted Edwin Vargas Tabares, 43, who was arraigned in Queens Supreme Court on vehicular manslaughter and operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol charges. The defendant was allegedly intoxicated while working at an Ozone Park car wash business and struck…

GRAND JURY INDICTS QUEENS RESIDENT IN HIT AND RUN CRASH THAT KILLED GOOD SAMARITAN WHO STOPPED TO HELP MAN HAVING CAR TROUBLE

March 4, 2021

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz announced today that Kevin Drawhorne, 27, has been indicted by a Queens County grand jury and arraigned in Supreme Court on criminally negligent homicide charges and other crimes for allegedly hitting and killing one man and injuring another on January 29, 2021. The victim was a Good Samaritan who had…

QUEENS HOME HEALTH AIDE CHARGED WITH STEALING NEARLY $100,000 FROM LEGALLY BLIND 89-YEAR-OLD WOMAN

February 24, 2021

Defendant Allegedly Duped Victim into Signing Checks That Greatly Exceeded Weekly Pay; Accused Faces Up to 15 Years in Prison if Convicted Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz announced today that Sita Saunders, 61, has been charged with grand larceny, identity theft and other crimes for allegedly siphoning nearly $100,000 from her legally blind, 89-year-old patient’s…

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