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BRONX MAN CONVICTED AT TRIAL OF MURDER IN BOTCHED SOUTH RICHMOND HILL HOME INVASION IN 2016

October 5, 2021

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz announced today that Jose Pichardo, 27, has been convicted at trial of murder and other crimes for his participation in a botched home invasion that resulted in the death of a 20-year-old man. The victim was stabbed to death when the defendant and others allegedly broke into a South Richmond…

TWENTY-YEAR-OLD MAN INDICTED IN DEATH OF GOLF COURSE WORKER; DEFENDANT ALLEGEDLY THREW ELDERLY VICTIM TO THE GROUND

October 1, 2021

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz today announced that David Mangaran, 20, has been indicted by a Queens County grand jury and arraigned in Supreme Court on assault and criminally negligent homicide charges. The defendant allegedly threw an elderly golf course  employee to the ground at the Forest Park Golf Course in September 2020. The 79-year-old…

QUEENS MAN INDICTED FOR TRANSPORTING GUNS AND AMMO INTO NEW YORK AFTER PENNSYLVANIA GUN SHOW PURCHASE

October 1, 2021

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz announced today that Richard McCormick, 42, has been indicted by a Queens grand jury and arraigned in Supreme Court on a 120-count indictment charging him with attempted criminal possession of a weapon and other crimes. The defendant allegedly purchased a cache of high-capacity magazines, firearm components and ammunition at a…

GRAND JURY INDICTS BROOKLYN RESIDENT IN HIT AND RUN CRASH THAT KILLED WOMAN ON CHRISTMAS EVE LAST YEAR

September 24, 2021

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz announced that Jason Liriano, 23, has been indicted by a Queens County grand jury and arraigned in Supreme Court on criminally negligent homicide charges and other crimes for allegedly crashing into a vehicle and running away on foot. The crash killed the female passenger in a ride-share car and the…

QUEENS DISTRICT ATTORNEY MELINDA KATZ ANNOUNCES GRANTS TO SIX GROUPS FOR THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE QUEENS COMMUNITY VIOLENCE PREVENTION PROJECT

September 23, 2021

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz today announced grants have been awarded to six community organizations for the implementation of her office’s Queens Community Violence Prevention Project (QCVPP). The District Attorney’s initiative aims to improve public safety and promote the fair administration of justice through the implementation of community-based violence prevention strategies. District Attorney Katz said,…

BROOKLYN MAN INDICTED FOR DEADLY SHOOTING OF CORONA TEEN

September 22, 2021

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz announced today that Dennis Vassilenko, 18, has been indicted by a Queens County grand jury and arraigned in Supreme Court on murder charges. A female co-defendant is charged in the indictment with hindering prosecution. On July 7, 2021, Vassilenko allegedly shot a 17-year-old across the street from a Corona restaurant…

CO-DEFENDANT INDICTED BY GRAND JURY AND CHARGED WITH HINDERING PROSECUTION IN FATAL SHOOTING OF 14-YEAR-OLD AAMIR GRIFFIN

September 22, 2021

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz announced today that Tymirh Bey-Foster, 18, has been indicted by a Queens County grand jury and arraigned in Supreme Court on hindering prosecution charges for his role in the mistaken-identity killing of Aamir Griffin. The 14-year-old victim was gunned down on October 26, 2019. This defendant allegedly helped the accused…

QUEENS RESIDENT PLEADS GUILTY TO MANSLAUGHTER IN 2019 SHOOTING DEATH OF MAN RUNNING AWAY FROM DEFENDANT

September 22, 2021

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz announced today that Keanu Suckoo, 21, has pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the shooting death of a 27-year-old man. The victim was gunned down as he ran down the street in Jamaica, Queens in March 2019. District Attorney Katz said, “The defendant in this case has now admitted to shooting…

QUEENS MAN CHARGED WITH ATTEMPTED MURDER FOR OZONE PARK CONFRONTATION WITH NYPD

September 20, 2021

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz announced today that Marco Mosquera, 43, has been indicted by a Queens County grand jury and arraigned in Supreme Court on attempted murder, kidnapping and other charges for allegedly pointing loaded firearms at his wife and shooting several times at police officers who responded to their Ozone Park home on…

BRONX RESIDENT INDICTED ON MURDER CHARGES IN SHOOTING DEATH OF ST. ALBANS MAN

September 17, 2021

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz announced today that Richard Swygert, 19, has been indicted by a Queens County grand jury and arraigned in Supreme Court for murder, assault and other charges. The Bronx resident is accused of shooting to death a 22-year-old Queens man and injuring one other person when both were struck by gunfire…

QUEENS MAN HIT WITH ASSAULT, FORGERY, GUN CHARGES AND MORE AFTER RAMMING POLICE CAR AT ROADBLOCK IN AUGUST

September 16, 2021

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz announced today that David Griffiths, 24, has been indicted by a Queens grand jury and arraigned in Supreme Court on gun charges, criminal possession of stolen property, possession of a forged instrument and other crimes. The defendant was allegedly in a stolen car when police pursued him in early August…

DEFENDANT IN JFK CARGO HEIST PLEADS GUILTY TO CRIMINAL POSSESSION OF STOLEN PROPERTY

September 14, 2021

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz, with the Port Authority Chief Security Officer John Bilich, announced today that David Lacarriere, 34, has pleaded guilty to criminal possession of stolen property in the first degree for his involvement in the May 17, 2020 Kennedy Airport cargo heist of more than $4 million worth of designer goods. The…

QUEENS GRAND JURY DECLINES TO INDICT IN CHOKEHOLD CASE

September 14, 2021

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz said today that a grand jury considering charges against former police officer David Afanador has found a no true bill and declined to indict. The District Attorney had charged Afanador with using a chokehold on a man he arrested in Far Rockaway on June 21, 2020. “While the law prohibits…

QUEENS WOMAN CHARGED WITH HATE CRIME FOR DESTROYING STATUES AT FOREST HILLS CATHOLIC CHURCH

September 14, 2021

 Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz announced today that Jacqueline Nikiena, 23, has been charged with criminal mischief as a hate crime for destroying two statues in front of a church in Forest Hills, Queens. The defendant allegedly pulled down the statues and bashed them to pieces early Tuesday morning in July 2021. District Attorney Katz…

CONNECTICUT RESIDENT CHARGED WITH VEHICULAR MANSLAUGHTER AND DRUNK DRIVING IN DEATH OF DIRT BIKE RIDER ON LONG ISLAND EXPRESSWAY

September 13, 2021

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz announced today that Jorge Serrano, 30, has been charged with vehicular manslaughter and drunk driving for allegedly striking a dirt bike on the Long Island Expressway and killing its rider. Serrano also allegedly struck a moped, the rider of which has been hospitalized with a broken leg. District Attorney Katz…

QUEENS MAN WHO FILED 13 PHONY UNEMPLOYMENT CLAIMS TO COLLECT COVID RELIEF FUNDS THROUGH “CARES” ACT CHARGED WITH GRAND LARCENY

September 9, 2021

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz, joined by N.Y. State Department of Labor Commissioner Roberta Reardon and the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Inspector General, New York Region Special Agent-in-Charge Jonathan Mellone, announced today that Keijohn Graham, 21, has been indicted by a Queens County grand jury and arraigned in Supreme Court on a 68-count…

INDICTMENT ANNOUNCED IN FATAL SHOOTING OF 14-YEAR-OLD AAMIR GRIFFIN; INNOCENT VICTIM ON BASKETBALL COURT WAS GUNNED DOWN IN MISTAKEN IDENTITY GANG HIT

September 8, 2021

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz, joined by NYPD Chief of Department Rodney Harrison, announced today that Sean Brown, 18, has been indicted by a Queens County grand jury and arraigned in Supreme Court on murder and weapon charges for the October 26, 2019 killing of 14-year-old Aamir Griffin. The reputed gang member allegedly sought to…

DISGRUNTLED CLIENT INDICTED ON MURDER CHARGES IN STABBING DEATH OF QUEENS LAWYER

September 3, 2021

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz announced that Nando Perez, 64, has been indicted by a Queens County grand jury and arraigned in Supreme Court for murder in the August 2021 stabbing death of a 65-year-old Queens attorney. District Attorney Katz said, “This was a brutal killing that stunned the community. The victim was found dead…

DEFENDANT SENTENCED TO 15 YEARS IN PRISON AFTER PLEADING GUILTY TO MANSLAUGHTER FOR KILLING ALLEGED RIVAL

September 1, 2021

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz announced today that Chaz Reyes, 31, has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for the July 2017 shooting death of a 26-year-old man near a 21st Street bus stop in the vicinity of the Ravenswood Houses in Astoria, Queens. District Attorney Katz said, “In pleading guilty, the defendant has…

BRONX MAN INDICTED BY GRAND JURY ON HATE CRIME CHARGES FOR SLASHING MAN AFTER HURLING HOMOPHOBIC AND RACIAL SLURS

August 24, 2021

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz announced today that Ramon Castro, 55, has been indicted by a Queens grand jury and arraigned in Supreme Court on hate crime charges for allegedly slashing a man in the face after using racial and homophobic slurs near a subway station in Flushing, Queens on July 6, 2021. District Attorney…

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