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RETIRED POLICE OFFICER INDICTED BY QUEENS GRAND JURY ON ASSAULT CHARGES FOR FIRING WEAPON INSIDE HOWARD BEACH RESTAURANT

January 13, 2021

Defendant Allegedly Shot Bystander in the Back After Dispute; Faces 25 Years in Prison if Convicted

QUEENS MAN CHARGED WITH STEALING IDENTITIES OF VICTIMS AND GOING ON CAR-BUYING SPREE

January 6, 2021

Defendant Allegedly Bought and Leased 11 Vehicles Under Victims’ Names And Received Bonus Pay for Brokering the Scam Deals; The Accused Faces Up to Seven Years in Prison if Convicted

BOSTON RESIDENT CHARGED WITH MAKING TERRORISTIC THREATS; ALLEGEDLY PLANTED A “HOAX DEVICE” BOMB ON CAR IN QUEENS MALL

January 5, 2021

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz announced today that Louis Shenker, 22, has been charged with making terroristic threats and other felony charges for allegedly planting a fake bomb on top of a car at the Queens Place Mall in Elmhurst, Queens. District Attorney Katz said, “Sadly, we live in a world where terror attacks are…

QUEENS MAN INDICTED BY GRAND JURY ON MURDER CHARGES APPREHENDED AFTER FLEEING SCENE OF DEADLY SHOOTING

December 28, 2020

Victim Shot and Killed Allegedly by Accomplice as They Pounced on People in Parked Car: Defendant Faces Up to 25 Years-to-Life in Prison if Convicted

QUEENS DISTRICT ATTORNEY MELINDA KATZ ANNOUNCES THE ESTABLISHMENT OF COLD CASE UNIT

May 26, 2020

District Attorney Melinda Katz announced today the creation of the first Cold Case Unit in Queens County. This specialized Unit is dedicated to investigating and solving the borough’s oldest and most challenging unsolved homicide cases. The Queens District Attorney’s Office seeks to provide justice for all crime victims no matter when the crime was committed….

QUEENS DISTRICT ATTORNEY MELINDA KATZ ISSUES WARNINGS TO PARENTS ABOUT ONLINE CHILD PREDATORS

May 21, 2020

The spread of the coronavirus has brought new challenges and responsibilities to all the parents and guardians in Queens County. With schools closed many teens and preteens are finding more time to explore the internet on computers and phones. Teens are naturally curious about everything including their sexuality and in this very difficult time may…

QUEENS DISTRICT ATTORNEY AND QUEENS BOROUGH PRESIDENT TO HOLD VIRTUAL MEMORIAL DAY OBSERVANCE CEREMONY

May 19, 2020

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz and Acting Queens Borough President Sharon Lee together will host a Virtual Memorial Day Observance Ceremony on Thursday, May 21, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. at www.queensbp.org from the borough home to the highest population of veterans in the City of New York. This is an online-only event, and everyone is…

QUEENS VILLAGE MAN CHARGED WITH MURDER IN STABBING DEATH OF HIS 22-YEAR-OLD HALF BROTHER

May 18, 2020

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz today announced that a 29-year-old Queens Village man has been charged with murder, criminal possession of a weapon and other crimes for a deadly stabbing that ended the life of his half-brother in a house on 208th Street in Queens Village last week. District Attorney Katz said, “This was an…

QUEENS DISTRICT ATTORNEY MELINDA KATZ ANNOUNCES HUMAN TRAFFICKING BUREAU

May 18, 2020

District Attorney Melinda Katz today announced the creation of a Human Trafficking Bureau that is exclusively dedicated to combating human trafficking in Queens County. This newly formed Bureau will combat sex and labor trafficking by aggressively prosecuting traffickers and buyers of sex and will also connect survivors of trafficking with meaningful services to empower them…

UPDATE FROM QUEENS DISTRICT ATTORNEY MELINDA KATZ ON EXPEDITING DISPOSITIONS OF CRIMINAL CASES TO AVOID KEEPING DEFENDANTS AT RIKERS ISLAND DURING PANDEMIC

May 13, 2020

The Queens District Attorney’s Office had its first pre-indictment felony plea this week during this on-going health crisis. The Office has taken other felony pleas in Supreme Court, post-indictment during the current pandemic. However, this pre-indictment case was moved up from its scheduled June 4, 2020 court date and the defendant appeared virtually in Queens…

QUEENS DISTRICT ATTORNEY MELINDA KATZ INTRODUCES THE OFFICE’S CONVICTION INTEGRITY UNIT

May 5, 2020

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz announced today that the new Conviction Integrity Unit she established on January 1, 2020, has been actively working to make sure that no one has been wrongfully convicted of a crime in Queens County. This Unit is the District Attorney’s signature initiative and one of the first promises she made…

TWO CREWS OF DRUG DEALERS AND GUN TRAFFICKERS DISMANTLED IN QUEENS FOLLOWING LONG-TERM INVESTIGATIONS

May 2, 2020

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz, joined by New York City Police Commissioner Dermot Shea, today announced that two interconnected dangerous and complex illegal enterprises selling drugs and firearms throughout Jamaica, Queens have been dismantled with the arrests of 7 defendants Wednesday and Thursday, and 1 previously arrested in March. Two long-term investigations led to a…

QUEENS MAN CHARGED WITH MURDER IN STABBING DEATH OF MOTHER

April 30, 2020

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz announced today that a 48-year-old Woodside, Queens resident has been charged with murder for slashing his elderly mother in head with a kitchen knife early Friday, April 24, 2020. The defendant allegedly said he didn’t know why he did this – but that he woke up, grabbed a butcher knife…

CORONA TEEN CHARGED WITH ASSAULT IN CRASH THAT INJURED NASSAU COUNTY POLICE DETECTIVE

April 24, 2020

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz today announced that a Corona, Queens resident has been charged with first-degree assault and other crimes for allegedly crashing the car he was driving at the moment a Nassau County Police Detective was gaining access through the passenger side door. The vehicle slammed into another car with the detective between…

QUEENS RESIDENT CHARGED WITH MURDER IN STABBING DEATH OF MAN WHO TRIED TO BREAK UP FIGHT

April 23, 2020

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz announced today that a Queens resident has been charged with murder in the fatal stabbing death of a 43-year-old man, who intervened when the defendant became embroiled in a fight with a property owner on April 13, 2020. District Attorney Katz said, “The victim in this case was allegedly stabbed…

QUEENS DISTRICT ATTORNEY MELINDA KATZ ON TODAY’S COURT PROCEEDINGS TO RELEASE RIKERS INMATES

April 15, 2020

As the highly-contagious coronavirus spreads throughout our City and communities, Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz and the Office’s senior staff are carefully reviewing many requests for defendants to be immediately released from the City’s jails. The Office collaborates with defense attorneys, the Mayor’s Office and the Department of Corrections to identify those whose release would…

STATEMENT OF QUEENS DISTRICT ATTORNEY MELINDA KATZ ON CORONAVIRUS-INSPIRED HATE CRIMES

April 10, 2020

Queens is arguably the most diverse county in the world and home to the largest immigrant population in New York City. This diversity is our strength and makes Queens County an amazing place to live, work and visit. We are the World’s Borough and hate crimes have no place here. Crimes motivated by hate are…

STATEMENT OF QUEENS DISTRICT ATTORNEY MELINDA KATZ

March 28, 2020

This morning, I was informed that I have tested positive for COVID-19. I had been exposed on Wednesday, March 17th and informed of the exposure on Saturday March 21st. I have been sheltering in place before and since that exposure, and while I was mildly symptomatic for a time I have not experienced any symptoms…

QUEENS COUNTY GRAND JURY INDICTS NYPD HIGHWAY OFFICER CHARGING HIM WITH POSSESSING AND PROMOTING A SEXUAL PERFORMANCE BY A CHILD

March 26, 2020

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz, with New York City Police Commissioner Dermot Shea, announced today that a 35-year-old former highway officer with the NYPD has been indicted by a Queens County grand jury and charged with promoting a sexual performance by a child and possessing a sexual performance by a child. The officer allegedly used…

BP LEE, DA KATZ MESSAGE TO SURVIVORS DURING “STAY AT HOME” URGE

March 20, 2020

QUEENS, NY – Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz and Acting Queens Borough President Sharon Lee affirmed the borough’s unwavering commitment to protecting and serving survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, child and elder abuse, in light of the urge for all non- essential workers and their families to “Stay At Home” during the rapidly-developing COVID-19…

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