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ACTOR INDICTED BY QUEENS GRAND JURY FOR MURDER IN JAMAICA SHOOTING DEATH

July 16, 2021

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz announced today that Isaiah Stokes, 41, has been indicted by a Queens grand jury and arraigned in Supreme Court for murder and other crimes for the fatal shooting of a Queens Village man who sat in a parked vehicle in Jamaica, Queens this past February 2021. District Attorney Katz said,…

QUEENS MAN INDICTED BY GRAND JURY ON MURDER CHARGES IN SHOOTING DEATH OF 10-YEAR-OLD FAR ROCKAWAY BOY

July 15, 2021

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz announced today that Jovan Young, 29, has been indicted by a Queens grand jury on murder and other charges for the shooting death of a 10-year-old boy and the non-fatal shooting of another man. The shootings took place on June 5, 2021, in Far Rockaway, Queens. District Attorney Katz said,…

SECOND DEFENDANT INDICTED BY GRAND JURY ON MURDER CHARGES IN SHOOTING DEATH OF MAN IN LONG ISLAND CITY

July 14, 2021

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz announced today that Khalik Berry has been indicted by a Queens grand jury and arraigned in Supreme Court for murder and other crimes in the shooting death of a 33-year-old Queens man near the Queensbridge Houses on May 10, 2021. A co-defendant was arraigned last week. District Attorney Katz said,…

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 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…

LIVERY DRIVER CHARGED WITH 1996 RAPE OF PASSENGER

May 27, 2021

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz announced today that Danny Stewart, 58, has been indicted by a grand jury and arraigned in Queens Supreme Court for the 1996 rape of a female passenger. The defendant – a livery driver at the time – picked up the victim from her workplace in Jamaica and allegedly sexually assaulted…

GRAND JURY INDICTS SECOND MAN FOR MURDER IN STRAY BULLET KILLING OF YOUNG MOTHER IN ASTORIA

May 13, 2021

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz announced today that Benaiah Reid, 19, has been indicted by a grand jury and arraigned in Queens Supreme Court on murder charges and other crimes for the March 2021 shooting death of a 37-year-old mother of two children. The defendant was allegedly aiming to shoot a rival gang member. District…

QUEENS MAN INDICTED BY GRAND JURY ON A HATE CRIME CHARGE FOR ATTACK ON ASIAN WOMAN OUTSIDE BAKERY IN FLUSHING

May 10, 2021

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz announced today that Patrick Mateo, 47, has been indicted by a Queens County grand jury on a hate crime, aggravated harassment, and other charges for allegedly attacking a 52-year-old woman outside a bakery on February 16, 2021. The victim was shoved so hard she needed nearly a dozen stitches to…

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.

MAIL CARRIER CHARGED WITH STEALING CREDIT CARD FROM MAIL ROUTE AND USING IT TO PAY FOR $8,000 PLASTIC SURGERY Defendant Faces Up to Seven Years in Prison if Convicted

March 25, 2021

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz announced today that Shakera Small, a United States Postal Service mail carrier, has been charged with identity theft, grand larceny and other crimes for allegedly using a credit card stolen from her postal route. The woman is accused of using that charge card to pay for an $8,000 surgical procedure…

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…

TWO BUSINESS OWNERS CHARGED WITH $2.6 MILLION FRAUD AGAINST NEW YORK STATE INSURANCE FUND

December 23, 2020

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz, joined by Superintendent of the New York State Department of Financial Services Linda A. Lacewell and New York State Inspector General Letizia Tagliafierro, today announced that Manuel Sanchez and his business Lagos Construction have been charged with grand larceny and other crimes for allegedly failing to pay insurance premiums of…

SECOND PERSON CHARGED IN HATE CRIME ASSAULT OF MUSLIM FAMILY IN REGO PARK IN NOVEMBER

December 18, 2020

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz announced today that Eric Leon has been charged with assault as a hate crime and other charges for allegedly attacking a couple outside of their Rego Park home, in front of their two children, on November 6, 2020. District Attorney Katz said, “Perpetrators of hate crimes must be held accountable…

WOMAN CHARGED WITH HATE CRIME IN REGO PARK ASSAULT

December 18, 2020

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz announced today that Giselle DeJesus has been charged with assault as a hate crime and other charges for allegedly attacking a couple outside of their Rego Park home in front of their two children on November 6. District Attorney Katz said, “Hate crimes are unacceptable. The defendant allegedly took part…

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