2008-02-13 / Features

Borough-Wide Blotter


104th Precinct

19-Year-Old Asleep At The Wheel

Police arrested a 19-year-old Queens man on January 27 after he was caught asleep behind the wheel of his 1993 Honda Civic. The officers who found Thomas Falzone snoozing in the driver's seat also found him in possession of marijuana and a pipe containing crack cocaine.

Falzone was in the Honda at about 11:30 a.m., parked at 81st Street and 62nd Avenue in Middle Village shortly after he fled the scene of an accident at an undisclosed location, sources claimed.

Falzone failed a Breathalyzer test and was charged with DWI, criminal possession of marijuana and criminal possession of a controlled substance.

105th Precinct

9/11 Scam Nets Thieves $400,000 & Arrest

Two Queens men pled guilty last week to stealing $400,000 from a dozen Bangladeshi immigrants and then claiming the scam was revenge for the 9/11 attacks.

Authorities said Joseph Ogueri, 27, and Marconian Sockwell, 22, of Queens Village, posed as workers at a credit reporting agency to obtain their victims' financial information which they used to purchase diamonds over the Internet.

When the victims reported the fraud to authorities, the sales were tracked to the defendants.

Ogueri and Sockwell are due back in Queens Criminal Court on February 19 for sentencing.

Bouncer Busted In Club Stabbing

Police arrested a 26-year-old Queens bouncer on January 27 in connection with a triple stabbing at a Hollis nightclub.

Police said Argenis Collado got into a brawl with the victims at about 2:40 a.m. at Club Mavi on Jamaica Avenue and 205th Street, where he allegedly stabbed one man in the chest and another in the torso. A third victim was stabbed in the stomach by an unknown suspect.

Collado was charged with assault.

Police are urging anyone with information on the unknown suspect to call the Crimestoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS.

107th Precinct

Drunk Driving Lawyer Hits Police Car

A lawyer found himself behind bars last week after driving drunk into a police car, according to police.

Albert Gaudelli, 69, was on his way home from a party at about midnight on February 7 when he crashed his 2002 Acura into a traffic light at Utopia Parkway and Union Turnpike.

When police arrived at the scene, Gaudelli shifted the Acura into reverse in an attempt to flee the scene and slammed into the front of a police car. Sources said Gaudelli had bloodshot eyes and alcohol on his breath when police approached him after the incident. His blood-alcohol level measured .169- more than double the legal limit- in a Breathalyzer test administered a short while later, police said.

Gaudelli was charged with two counts of drunk driving at his arraignment at Queens Criminal Court, where he was released on his own recognizance.

110th Precinct

DWI 'Parking' Arrest

Police arrested a drunken 35-year-old Corona man on February 4 after he parked his car in the middle of a busy street and went to sleep.

Manuel Buestan-Saito allegedly passed out behind the wheel of his 1999 Lincoln, at about 12:30 a.m. on Junction Boulevard. When police approached the Lincoln they found Buestan-Saito slurring his words, with alcohol on his breath. Police sources said he also allegedly failed a Breathalyzer test administered at the scene. Buestan-Saito was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol.

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