2006-08-09 / Features

Club Soma Closed By 114th Precinct Police

BY LINDA J. WILSON

On Thursday, August 3, at about 9:30 p.m. under the direct supervision of 114th Police Precinct Commanding Officer Inspector Brian McCarthy, the precinct and the New York City Police Department legal bureau closed a problematic licensed premise, Club Soma, located at 49-09 25 Ave. Soma, a nightclub that had opened in October 2005, had been brought to the precinct's attention by an incident that occurred on June 9, 2006. On Thursday, August 3, at about 9:30 p.m. under the direct supervision of 114th Police Precinct Commanding Officer Inspector Brian McCarthy, the precinct and the New York City Police Department legal bureau closed a problematic licensed premise, Club Soma, located at 49-09 25 Ave. Soma, a nightclub that had opened in October 2005, had been brought to the precinct's attention by an incident that occurred on June 9, 2006. On Thursday, August 3, at about 9:30 p.m. under the direct supervision of 114th Police Precinct Commanding Officer Inspector Brian McCarthy, the precinct and the New York City Police Department legal bureau closed a problematic licensed premise, Club Soma, located at 49-09 25 Ave. Soma, a nightclub that had opened in October 2005, had been brought to the precinct's attention by an incident that occurred on June 9, 2006. Antonios Fasarakis, 19, was punched in the head outside the club when a group of young man who had been ejected from the club by security personnel tried to get back inside at about 4:30 a.m. Friday, June 9.

An argument had broken out some 15 minutes earlier, during which Fasarakis was escorted out of the club. When he tried to get back in, according to witnesses, he threatened Francisco Solivan, employed by the club as a fire evacuation coordinator, with a metal pipe. Solivan punched Fasarakis in the head and the younger man collapsed on the sidewalk outside the club. He was rushed to Mount Sinai Hospital of Queens, where he was pronounced dead at about 5:22 a.m.

Solivan, 24, of Midwood, Brooklyn, was originally charged by police with second degree manslaughter and third-degree assault. However, after extensive questioning and interviews with police and prosecutors, he was charged only with thirddegree assault, a misdemeanor with a maximum term of 12 months in jail. Sources in the office of Queens District Attorney Richard Brown were quoted as saying the case would be reviewed by a grand jury in the next few weeks. Since that time, no mention of any grand jury action has been made by the District Attorney's office.

In accordance with the New York State Liquor Authority and the state Alcoholic Beverage Control Law, the club said it did not serve alcoholic beverages to anyone under 21 years of age, although patrons between the ages of 18 and 21 were allowed in to use the establishment's dining facilities and listen to the music played in the club. This abatement had been submitted prior to this incident, but the case was strengthened by this incident.

On August 1, at approximately 6 a.m., again under McCarthy's direct supervision, a search warrant was executed at 41-01 Vernon Blvd., Apartment 1B, by the 114th Precinct with assistance from Patrol Service Area (PSA) 9. Asuspected cocaine operation was investigated at this location and due to observations made and other circumstances, a court order was issued by Judge William Harrington on July 26. Two black men were arrested and charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance and criminal use of drug paraphernalia. Evidence was confiscated that included cocaine, packing materials and currency.

Also on Tuesday, August 1, under McCarthy's supervision, members of the 114th Precinct and the Legal Bureau closed a chronic quality of life location, a store at 38-14 30th Ave. This location had been under investigation for transactions made involving forged goods. A search warrant had been obtained and executed on Oct. 28, 2005, resulting in the confiscation of evidence and the arrest of the store owner. The results of the investigation and the search warrant allowed the issuance of the court order to close the site. 114th Police Precinct Blotter

Tuesday, August 1:

+ A 42-year-old Hispanic woman and a 54-year-old black woman were observed in a store at 48-18 Northern Blvd. removing merchandise from store shelves and attempting to leave the store without payment. They were charged with criminal possession of stolen property and petit larceny.

Thursday, August 3:

+ A 37-year-old white man was observed urinating in public at 30-20 Steinway St. He struggled during apprehension and was charged with resisting arrest and violation of a local law.

+ A34-year-old Hispanic man attempted to get into 30-28 21st St. by breaking the rear and front doors. He was charged with burglary and criminal mischief.

+ A 22-year-old white man was observed inside 30-11 30th Dr. without permission or authority. He was charged with criminal trespass.

+ At 24th Avenue and 19th Street a 19year-old Hispanic man was found in possession of metal knuckles and was charged with criminal possession of a weapon.

+ A 24-year-old black man punched a female victim in the face. At the 114th Precinct station house at 34-16 Astoria Blvd., he was charged with assault with intent to cause physical injury.

+ A23-year-old Hispanic man permitted 30-84 45th St. to be used for conducting of prostitution acts and was charged with permitting prostitution.

+ A 20-year-old Hispanic man was charged with four counts of disorderly conduct after he was observed at 19th Street and 23rd Road making unreasonable noise, congregating and refusing to disperse, disobeying a lawful order and using abusive and obscene language. He also resisted arrest.

+ A 27-year-old Asian woman was observed going through sensors and setting them off at 50-01 Northern Blvd. She had merchandise in her purse. She was charged with petit larceny and misapplication of property.

+ Two white men 40 and 49 years old entered three different vehicles at 36-11 12th St. without permission. The 40-yearold was found in possession of a gravity

knife and the 49-year-old resisted arrest. They were charged with grand larceny, unauthorized use of a vehicle, criminal possession of a weapon and resisting arrest

Friday, August 4:

+ A 46-year-old white man, who had been arrested a few days prior to the incident, turned off the power to a home at 2119 29th St., turned away a delivery man and sat on the stoop outside the home, preventing a female victim from leaving. He was charged with coercion, harassment and violation of a local law.

+ Despite being directed not to do so, a 35-year-old white man continued to cause a scene at 22-45 31st St. and resisted arrest. He was charged with resisting arrest and two counts of disorderly conduct.

+ A 44-year-old white man was observed at 37-17 28th Ave. striking a victim's truck with a broomstick, causing damage. He was charged with criminal mischief.

+ A 45-year-old man kicked and punched a victim in the face on 31st Street between 31st and 30th Avenues. He was charged with assault with intent to cause physical injury.

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