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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…

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 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…

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 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…

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…

MAIL FISHING-CHECK STEALING CREW DISMANTLED IN QUEENS; GRAND JURY INDICTS SIX INDIVIDUALS ON GRAND LARCENY, CONSPIRACY AND OTHER CHARGES

April 29, 2022

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz, joined by the United States Postal Inspection Service and the New York City Police Department, announced today that six individuals have been charged in two separate indictments by a Queens County grand jury and arraigned in Supreme Court on enterprise corruption, grand larceny charges and other crimes. Between March and…

BROOKLYN MAN CHARGED WITH THREE HATE ATTACKS ON SIKHS IN RICHMOND HILL

April 16, 2022

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz announced today that Vernon Douglas, 19, has been charged with hate crimes for allegedly attacking and robbing three men in separate incidents near the intersection of 95th Avenue and Lefferts Boulevard between April 3 and April 12 of this year. A second man, Hezekiah Coleman, 20, is also charged with…

QUEENS WOMAN CHARGED WITH MURDER IN DEATH OF IMMIGRATION LAWYER STABBED IN HIS FLUSHING OFFICE

March 16, 2022

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz announced today that XiaoNing Zhang, 25, has been charged with murder and possession of a weapon in the death of a well-known Queens immigration lawyer. The defendant allegedly repeatedly stabbed the 66-year-old man late Monday morning in the victim’s office on 39th Avenue in Flushing. District Attorney Katz said, “As…

QUEENS MAN CHARGED WITH THREATENING TO KILL WIFE AT COHEN CHILDREN’S MEDICAL CENTER AND POSSESSING “GHOST GUNS”

February 19, 2022

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz announced today that Thomas Saxton, 34, has been charged with criminal possession of a weapon, menacing, endangering the welfare of a child and other crimes. The defendant allegedly threatened to shoot his estranged wife while she held their child inside Cohen Children’s Medical Center yesterday afternoon. Responding police stopped the…

QUEENS LAWYER CHARGED WITH POSSESSING CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE IMAGES AND OTHER CRIMES

January 28, 2022

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz announced today that Eric Levi, a lawyer residing in Long Island City, Queens, has been charged with promoting a sexual performance by a child, possessing child sexual abuse images and other crimes. District Attorney Katz said, “As alleged, the defendant downloaded and viewed numerous images of nude prepubescent children engaged…

BROOKLYN MAN CHARGED WITH ATTEMPTED MURDER FOR BLOODY SHOOTING AT QUEENS MOTEL LAST YEAR

January 20, 2022

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz announced today that Rawle Washington, 27, has been charged with attempted murder, assault and other crimes for injuring a man he allegedly shot at the Surfside Motel in September 2021. The defendant allegedly fired several times at the victim. District Attorney Katz said, “As alleged, the defendant thought he made…

TWO MEN CHARGED WITH STABBING DEATH IN QUEENS; ONE OF THE DEFENDANTS ALSO CHARGED WITH SECOND MURDER TWO DAYS LATER

December 31, 2021

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz announced today that Raymond Kenner, 22, and Alexander Stephens, 31, have been charged with murder in the stabbing death of a man killed in Hollis, Queens, on December 21, 2021. Defendant Kenner is additionally charged with killing another man with a knife in Jamaica, Queens on December 23rd. District Attorney…

DISBARRED LAWYER CHARGED WITH SWINDLING MORE THAN HALF A MILLION DOLLARS FROM 44 CLIENTS

December 23, 2021

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz announced today that disbarred lawyer Yohan Choi, 47, has been charged with grand larceny and other crimes for allegedly bilking more than 40 clients out of nearly $620,000. Between August 2015 and August 2020, the Queens practitioner represented the victims in personal injury claims and allegedly failed to give his…

NETWORK OF DRUG DEALERS SUPPLYING COCAINE, CRACK AND HEROIN IN QUEENS, THE BRONX AND NASSAU COUNTY DISMANTLED FOLLOWING LONG-TERM INVESTIGATION

December 21, 2021

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz, joined by New York City Police Commissioner Dermot Shea, announced today that 11 people have been indicted by a Queens County grand jury and four of the accused have also been additionally charged in criminal complaints. The defendants allegedly operated as a network of dealers who supplied a variety of…

QUEENS WEBSITE CONSULTANT CHARGED WITH LARCENY FOR SWIPING ABOUT $233,000 IN CRYPTOCURRENCY FROM TWO TECH ENTREPRENEURS

December 20, 2021

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz announced today that Nithushan Sachchithanantham, 28, has been charged with grand larceny for stealing the proceeds of an online sale of more than 3,000 non-fungible tokens. The defendant set up an online sale of digital artwork for his two clients and then allegedly diverted nearly $233,000 in SOL cryptocurrency to…

QUEENS MAN CHARGED WITH POSSESSING ARSENAL OF ILLEGAL “GHOST” GUNS

December 9, 2021

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz, joined by NYPD Chief of Intelligence Thomas Galati, announced today that Chaz McMillan, 20, has been charged with multiple counts of criminal possession of a weapon, criminal sale of a firearm and numerous other charges for allegedly having a stockpile of illegal weapons – including “ghost” guns, large capacity magazines…

TWO MEN CAUGHT IN TRAFFIC STOP WITH TWO KILOS OF FENTANYL

December 7, 2021

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz announced today that Luis Navarro Gonzalez and Juan Esquer have been charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance and other crimes after they were pulled over during a traffic stop in Bayside, Queens and police found two kilos of fentanyl allegedly in the defendants’ vehicle. District Attorney Katz said,…

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