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QUEENS WOMAN CHARGED WITH DRIVING WHILE INTOXICATED AND VEHICULAR ASSAULT FOR SERIOUSLY INJURING 8-YEAR-OLD GIRL AND GRANDMOTHER DURING AFTERNOON COLLISIONS

July 1, 2022

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz announced today that Alexandra Lopez, 52, has been charged with vehicular assault, driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs and other crimes for the June 28, 2022 multiple collisions that took place on 31st Avenue in Queens. The defendant struck multiple vehicles and two pedestrians – an 8-year-old…

STATEMENT FROM QUEENS DISTRICT ATTORNEY MELINDA KATZ ON THE U.S. SUPREME COURT’S DECISION TO OVERTURN ROE V. WADE

June 24, 2022

A mere day after SCOTUS decided to put the lives of New Yorkers at risk by striking down our long-standing restrictions on guns, the majority of Supreme Court Justices have now decided to put the lives of millions of women across the entire nation at risk by overturning Roe v. Wade. This decision is beyond…

STATEMENT FROM QUEENS DISTRICT ATTORNEY MELINDA KATZ ON THE U.S. SUPREME COURT’S DECISION IN NEW YORK STATE RIFLE & PISTOL ASSOCIATION INC. V. BRUEN

June 23, 2022

The Supreme Court’s ruling in New York State Rifle & Pistol Association Inc. v. Bruen significantly hinders our ongoing efforts to keep New Yorkers safe from gun violence. I am extremely disappointed in this decision by the highest court which creates undue burden on the commonsense gun laws in this State. We remain committed to…

JURY CONVICTS DEFENDANT OF ASSAULT IN THE FIRST DEGREE FOR STABBING MAN WITH BROKEN BOTTLE FOLLOWING MINOR CAR ACCIDENT

June 16, 2022

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz announced today that Robert Finley, 46, has been convicted at trial of assault in the first degree for stabbing a man in the face with a broken glass bottle. A minor traffic incident escalated into a near-deadly altercation when the victim stepped out of his vehicle after his car was…

QUEENS MAN SENTENCED TO 18 YEARS IN PRISON FOR NEAR FATAL SHOOTING OF FORMER COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYER

June 14, 2022

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz announced today that Jeffrey Thurston, 28, has been sentenced to 18 years in prison for shooting a former student athlete outside a deli on Springfield Boulevard in July 2020. The defendant was also sentenced for a burglary related to a March 2020 incident involving an estranged girlfriend and her son,…

TWO MEN INDICTED ON ATTEMPTED MURDER CHARGES FOR ROBBING ELDERLY WOMEN AND STABBING GOOD SAMARITAN PIZZERIA OWNERS

June 14, 2022

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz announced today that Supreme Gooding, 18, and Robert Whack, 30, have been indicted by a Queens County grand jury and arraigned in Supreme Court on attempted murder, assault, robbery and other charges. The defendants allegedly attacked two elderly women on two separate occasions in March and took their pocketbooks. The…

QUEENS RESIDENT CHARGED WITH MACHETE ATTACK THAT KILLED HIS 29-YEAR-OLD NEPHEW

June 14, 2022

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz announced today that Mahadeo Sukhnandan, 50, has been charged with murder and criminal possession of a weapon in the brutal knife attack that claimed the life of a 29-year-old man, who lived in the basement unit at the same address as the defendant. The victim was repeatedly hacked and slashed…

QUEENS MAN CHARGED WITH ATTEMPTED MURDER, ASSAULT AND OTHER CHARGES FOR ATTACKS ON SUBWAY AND IN BAKERY

June 13, 2022

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz announced today that Donny Ubiera, 32, has been charged with attempted murder, assault and other crimes for three attacks last week. Ubiera allegedly used a nail-embedded board to strike a man inside a Roosevelt Avenue bakery on June 8, 2022. The defendant is also accused of knife attacks on two…

DEFENDANT FOUND GUILTY OF MURDER IN DEATH OF NYPD DETECTIVE BRIAN SIMONSEN AND WOUNDING OF SECOND POLICE OFFICER DURING BOTCHED ROBBERY

June 13, 2022

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz announced today that Jagger Freeman, 28, has been convicted at trial of murder, robbery, assault and other crimes for his role in the February 2019 cell phone shop robbery that resulted in the death of New York City Police Detective Brian Simonsen in February 2019. A second police officer was…

DEFENDANT INDICTED BY GRAND JURY FOR SLAYING OF PAWN SHOP OWNER; VICTIM WAS REPEATEDLY STRUCK WITH BLUNT OBJECT

June 10, 2022

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz announced today that Rodolfo Lopez-Portillo, 48, has been indicted by a Queens County grand jury and arraigned in Supreme Court on murder charges and other crimes. The defendant allegedly struck and killed a 60-year-old pawn shop owner in broad daylight inside the Jamaica Avenue store in March 2022. District Attorney…

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