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EMACIATED DOGS AND CATS FOUND IN HOME OF MAN CHARGED WITH ANIMAL CRUELTY

March 11, 2024

Photo credit: ASCPA Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz announced that Cory Elder was arraigned on animal cruelty charges after a search of his Edgemere home on Monday revealed he was housing 11 dogs and two cats that were malnourished and kept in undersized cages. Heroin, fentanyl and ammunition for a revolver were also found in…

QUEENS MAN CHARGED WITH SCAMMING MORE THAN $600,000 FROM SENIORS ACROSS U.S.

March 10, 2024

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz announced that Fei Liang was charged with possession of stolen property in connection with a scheme that defrauded $628,278 from senior citizens across the country. Liang is alleged to have worked with a co-conspirator who called seniors and claimed to be from the Social Security Administration, their bank, or a…

DRIVER INDICTED IN FATAL HIGHWAY CRASH

March 5, 2024

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz announced that Makeda McDonald was arraigned today on an indictment charging her with criminally negligent homicide in connection with a high-speed collision on the Cross Island Parkway that killed her cousin and left her aunt gravely injured. DA Katz said: “Disregarding the rules of the road often has devastating consequences….

QUEENS MAN SENTENCED IN FATAL FAR ROCKAWAY SHOOTING

March 4, 2024

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz announced that Tyrell Dennis was sentenced today to 25 years to life in prison for fatally shooting a 35-year-old man at point-blank range in a Far Rockaway apartment building in August 2020. District Attorney Katz said: “Senseless gun violence has tragically cut short too many lives including that of this…

QUEENS MAN INDICTED FOR CRIMINALLY NEGLIGENT HOMICIDE

March 1, 2024

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz announced that Umar Khan was arraigned today and charged with criminally negligent homicide, reckless driving and speeding for driving at nearly 100 mph on the outbound JFK Expressway ramp before losing control of the car, which went over a cement retaining wall and landed on the Belt Parkway below, killing…

MAN INDICTED ON SEX TRAFFICKING CHARGES

February 28, 2024

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz announced that Hector Galindo Capultitla was arraigned on sex trafficking charges for forcing a Mexican woman to engage in sex for money in Mexico and the United States, including Queens. During her three-year ordeal, whenever the victim failed to produce the amount of money Galindo Capultitla required of her, he…

UNLICENSED DRIVER CHARGED WITH MANSLAUGHTER, DWI IN DEADLY ASTORIA CRASH

February 23, 2024

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz announced that Rey Perez was arraigned today on charges of manslaughter, vehicular manslaughter and drunk driving for speeding through a stop sign in Astoria, where he collided with another vehicle, was propelled into parked cars and then drove approximately four miles before seeking help for his gravely injured passenger —…

LONG ISLAND WOMAN SENTENCED FOR KILLING NYPD DETECTIVE IN HIT-AND-RUN ON LONG ISLAND EXPRESSWAY

February 21, 2024

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz announced that Jessica Beauvais was sentenced to more than 20 years in prison for speeding through an NYPD roadblock while drunk and killing Detective Anastasios Tsakos, who was diverting traffic around a fatal collision on the Long Island Expressway in Fresh Meadows. Beauvais, whose blood alcohol content was nearly twice…

MAN INDICTED FOR STABBING DEATH FOUR YEARS AGO IN ASTORIA

February 20, 2024

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz announced that Luis Hernandez was arraigned today for murder and gang assault in the fatal stabbing of a 21-year-old man and the attempted murder of two others in Astoria in February 2020. District Attorney Katz said: “A young man’s life was cut short in a brutal act of violence four…

FAR ROCKAWAY MAN INDICTED FOR MURDER IN BRUTAL BEATING DEATH

February 16, 2024

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz announced that Gyasi Denis was indicted, charged with murder in the fatal beating of a 64-year-old man inside the victim’s Far Rockaway apartment. After leaving the apartment following the slaying, Denis is accused of returning and taking the victim’s bank card. District Attorney Katz said: “As violent and brutal as…

FATHER AND SON CHARGED WITH POSSESSING LOADED GHOST GUN ASSAULT WEAPONS

February 15, 2024

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz announced that Hyung-Suk Woo and his father, Ji-In Woo, were arraigned on charges of criminal possession of a weapon after a search of their Fresh Meadows home uncovered ghost guns, including assault weapons, as well as silencers made with a 3-D printer and other weapons-related paraphernalia. District Attorney Katz said:…

CHARGES FILED IN DEATH OF MAN THROWN FROM HOOD OF CAR TRYING TO THWART ROBBERY

February 14, 2024

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz announced that Kenny Panama was arraigned today for the murder of 43-year-old Mauro Chimbay, who was killed after his car window was smashed and he then frantically tried to stop the defendant from getting away in a BMW with property he had allegedly stolen. Chimbay was thrown to his death…

ADDITIONAL ILLEGAL SCOOTERS SEIZED BY DA’S OFFICE AND NYPD

February 9, 2024

Over the past week, in three separate operations, the Queens District Attorney’s office and the NYPD seized a total of 176 scooters as part of an ongoing joint operation between her office and local police precincts to address the vehicles’ persistent involvement in crimes such as drive-by shootings and robberies. The scooters were confiscated for…

COLLEGE POINT MAN SENTENCED FOR SHOOTING AT NYPD OFFICERS RESPONDING TO DOMESTIC VIOLENCE CALL

February 6, 2024

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz announced that Rodolfo Montero was sentenced today to 18 years in prison for firing an assault rifle at officers responding to a 911 call from his girlfriend and mother. After assaulting his girlfriend in the presence of their 1-year-old child, Montero pulled out the rifle and threatened to kill her….

ILLEGAL SCOOTERS SEIZED BY OFFICERS FROM DA’S OFFICE AND NYPD

February 5, 2024

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz announced that more than 40 illegal motorized scooters were seized as part of a joint operation between her office and local police precincts in response to the vehicles’ persistent involvement in crimes, including drive-by shootings, and traffic collisions. The scooters were seized from locations along Roosevelt Avenue and in Long…

QUEENS TEENS CHARGED WITH ATTEMPTED GANG ASSAULT IN BRAWL AT HIGH SCHOOL

February 3, 2024

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz today announced that two Martin Van Buren High School students have been charged with attempted gang assault and other crimes after a brawl Thursday inside the school. District Attorney Katz said: “As detailed in the complaint, this was a vicious attack. The brutality was chilling under any circumstance, but that…

QUEENS MAN CHARGED IN SHOOTING THAT KILLED ONE, LEFT TWO PARALYZED

February 2, 2024

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz announced that Eric Foster is charged with murder for a shooting in Jamaica that killed one man and seriously injured three others, two of whom were left paralyzed. District Attorney Katz said: “A cold-blooded shooting in broad daylight on a residential street cost a man his life and left three…

BROOKLYN MAN INDICTED IN HOLIDAY PACKAGE THEFT SPREE

February 1, 2024

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz announced that Oliver Rodriguez was indicted and charged with multiple counts of burglary in a mail theft spree that targeted six apartment buildings in Lindenwood beginning on Christmas Day and continuing into the new year. District Attorney Katz said: “We are charging that the defendant spoiled Christmas for many families,…

QUEENS MAN CHARGED WITH POSSESSING CACHE OF GHOST GUNS, ASSAULT PISTOLS

January 31, 2024

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz announced that Lenold Caesar was arraigned on charges of criminal possession of a weapon and other crimes after a search warrant executed at his Cambria Heights home uncovered ghost guns, including assault weapons, as well as silencers and other weapons-related paraphernalia. District Attorney Katz said: “Illegal firearms cause unspeakable tragedies…

BROTHERS CHARGED AFTER SEIZURE OF HOMEMADE EXPLOSIVES, GHOST GUNS IN THEIR ASTORIA APARTMENT [PHOTO]

January 29, 2024

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz announced that Andrew and Angelo Hatziagelis were indicted on 130 counts of criminal possession of a weapon and related charges after an arsenal of improvised explosive devices and ghost guns, including assault rifles, was found inside an Astoria apartment they shared with their mother and another brother. Instructions for making…

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