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QUEENS MAN INDICTED FOR STASH OF FIREARMS FOUND IN FAR ROCKAWAY HOME

July 13, 2021

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz announced today that Ashram Lochan has been indicted by a Queens County grand jury and arraigned in Supreme Court on weapon charges. As alleged, after the execution of a search warrant, police found several illegal firearms in his Edgemere, Queens, home. District Attorney Katz said, “This defendant is alleged to…

DISTRICT ATTORNEY MELINDA KATZ JOINS NYPD COMMISSIONER SHEA TO ANNOUNCE EXPANSION OF SATURDAY NIGHT LIGHTS PROGRAM IN QUEENS [PHOTO]

July 9, 2021

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz today joined NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea and Department of Youth and Community Development Commissioner Bill Chong to announce the expansion of 17 new Saturday Night Lights (SNL) program sites in Queens County, an important step in increasing access to this public initiative that is focused on youth development and violence…

THREE MEN INDICTED BY GRAND JURY IN DEATH OF BRONX MAN SHOT AT RUFUS KING PARK LAST YEAR

July 9, 2021

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz, joined by New York City Police Department Commissioner Dermot Shea, announced that Chance Goode, Torren King and Jabari Curtis have been indicted by a Queens County grand jury and arraigned in Supreme Court on murder charges and other crimes in the shooting death of a young man in Rufus King…

BROOKLYN RESIDENT INDICTED ON MURDER CHARGES FOR SHOOTING AND KILLING MAN AFTER FOOT CHASE

July 8, 2021

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz announced today that Rayshawn Cherry, 27, has been indicted by a grand jury and arraigned in Queens Supreme Court on murder charges. The defendant allegedly shot a man to death in St. Albans, Queens, on June 11, 2021. District Attorney Katz said, “As alleged, this defendant used a firearm to…

QUEENS MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO MANSLAUGHTER IN STABBING DEATH OF HALF-BROTHER IN 2020

July 7, 2021

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz today announced that Wkorasky Voltaire, 30, has pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the May 2020 stabbing death of his half-brother in Queens Village, Queens. District Attorney Katz said, “This was a senseless act of violence. The defendant chased down his younger sibling and brutally stabbed him to death. The defendant…

BRONX RESIDENT INDICTED BY GRAND JURY ON MURDER CHARGES IN SHOOTING DEATH OF QUEENS MAN

July 7, 2021

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz announced today that Darrius Saunders, 28, has been indicted by a Queens grand jury and arraigned in Supreme Court for murder and other crimes for the shooting death of a 33-year-old Queens man on May 10, 2021, in Long Island City, Queens, near the Queensbridge Houses. District Attorney Katz said,…

SUSPENDED LAWYER CHARGED WITH BILKING HOME BUYERS OUT OF MORE THAN $1 MILLION IN DOWN PAYMENTS

July 7, 2021

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz announced today that suspended lawyer Freddie Berg, of the Berg Law Firm LLC, has been charged with grand larceny, conspiracy and other crimes for allegedly conning nearly two dozen would-be home buyers out of their down payments between September 2016 and December 2018. District Attorney Katz said, “This defendant is…

QUEENS RESIDENT SENTENCED TO PRISON FOR BRUTAL ASSAULT OF QUEENS MOTHER IN KEW GARDENS HILLS

July 6, 2021

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz announced today that Ronald Williams, 24, has been sentenced to prison after pleading guilty to assault and attempted sexual abuse for attacking a 52-year-old woman on April 30, 2018 in Kew Gardens Hills, Queens. District Attorney Katz said, “This was a vicious attack on a woman just moments after she…

COUPLE INDICTED FOR SEX TRAFFICKING TEENAGE GIRL

June 30, 2021

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz announced today that Jamael “Tiny Biz” Whittingham and Shaneya “China” James have been indicted by a Queens County grand jury and arraigned in Supreme Court on sex trafficking of a child, promoting prostitution and other crimes. The couple allegedly arranged for strangers to have sex with the minor in Queens,…

MAN EXTRADITED FROM CALIFORNIA CHARGED WITH MURDER IN 2018 SHOOTING DEATH OF QUEENS MAN

June 30, 2021

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz announced today that Charles Williams, 35, has been indicted by a grand jury and arraigned in Queens Supreme Court on murder and other charges for the 2018 shooting death of a 27-year-old Jamaica, Queens father. District Attorney Katz said, “What began as a night of bowling turned to deadly crime…

NETWORK OF DRUG DEALERS AND GUN TRAFFICKERS DISMANTLED IN QUEENS FOLLOWING LONG-TERM INVESTIGATION (PHOTOS)

June 30, 2021

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz, joined by the New York City Police Department, announced today that a group of 21 defendants have been indicted by a Queens County grand jury and were arrested early this morning. The defendants are variously charged in five separate indictments with allegedly running and/or possessing guns and dealing drugs in…

QUEENS RESIDENT INDICTED BY GRAND JURY FOR TWO SEPARATE HOMICIDES; DEFENDANT CHARGED WITH FATAL SHOOTING IN JANUARY 2020 AND A SECOND MURDER IN APRIL 2021

June 28, 2021

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz announced today that Ashik Zaman, 20, has been indicted by a Queens County grand jury and arraigned in Supreme Court on murder, weapons charges and other crimes for two fatal shootings – one earlier this year and one last year – and a third shooting that seriously injured a man….

QUEENS RESIDENT INDICTED BY GRAND JURY ON ATTEMPTED MURDER CHARGES FOR STABBING MAN WITH KITCHEN KNIFE OVER PARKING SPOT

June 25, 2021

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz announced today that Anthony Thomas, 58, has been indicted by a Queens County grand jury and arraigned in Supreme Court on attempted murder and assault charges. The defendant allegedly stabbed a motorist who moved orange cones that were used to reserve a public space in front of the defendant’s home…

QUEENS MAN CHARGED WITH MURDER IN FATAL SHOOTING OF FAR ROCKAWAY MAN

June 23, 2021

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz announced today that Tyrell Dennis, 31, has been indicted by a grand jury and arraigned in Queens Supreme Court on murder and other charges. District Attorney Katz said, “The victim, a young father of two, was having a conversation in the hallway of his apartment building when the defendant allegedly…

DISTRICT ATTORNEY MELINDA KATZ ASKS COURT TO DISMISS THOUSANDS OF MARIJUANA CASES

June 22, 2021

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz appeared virtually today in Queens Criminal Court to request that thousands of marijuana cases be dismissed and sealed. District Attorney Katz said, “For many years, I have advocated for the decriminalization of recreational marijuana use and other low-level, marijuana-related offenses. Since taking office, I have declined to prosecute these cases…

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…

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