2009-02-11 / Front Page

Police News

By Liz Goff

Queens Man In 9-Hour Standoff With Cops

A mentally ill man distraught over the death of his mother last week fired at cops more than 20 times during a nine-hour standoff at his East Elmhurst basement apartment.
Police Emergency Service cops and NYPD negotiators converged on a Humphreys Street home at about 10:30 p.m. on February 5 after Arthur Anderson’s family called 911 for assistance, police said.
Family members told police Anderson had “gone crazy” and barricaded himself in his basement apartment, where he kept an arsenal of weapons and ammunition.
A sergeant from Emergency Service Unit 10 was struck in the ankle during the standoff when a round fired by Anderson ricocheted off the sidewalk, police said. The sergeant was treated and remained at the scene until the siege ended.
Police sources said Anderson’s family raced from the home as the first police arrived at the scene. “They shouted he was crazy, and that he had lots and lots of weapons in the apartment,” sources said. “We tried to calm him down, to let him know we understood he was having problems,” police sources said.
The standoff lasted until about 7:30 a.m. on February 6, when police negotiators convinced Anderson, 41, to lay down his weapons and walk out of his apartment.
Police recovered a 9-mm semiautomatic handgun, a weapon that resembled an AK-47, a rifle and an undisclosed amount of ammunition from the apartment, authorities said.
Anderson was taken to a local hospital for evaluation, police said. Charges are pending in the standoff.

Borough-Wide Blotter

Compiled By Liz Goff

104th Precinct
Cops Hunt Check Fraud
Police in Maspeth are seeking help from the public to identify and locate a woman sought in connection with a string of check fraud incidents in Queens and Nassau County.
Cops said the woman first walked into a J.P. Morgan Chase Bank branch at 54-12 48th St. on October 2, where she cashed a stolen check. The same woman cashed a second stolen check on November 2 at a Bank of America branch on Hempstead Turnpike in Nassau County, police said.
The suspect is described as a black female, 40 to 50 years old, with long black hair. The woman was wearing a dark jacket, glasses and white nail polish at the time of both incidents, police said.
Anyone with information on the suspect is urged to call the Crimestoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS or text “CRIMES’ (274637) and enter “TIPS577”. The Hotline is offering a $2,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect.

108th Precinct
Tossed Goldfinger’s Patron Killed
A drunken strip club patron was beaten to death on January 30 after he was tossed from the club for his sauced-up behavior, police said.
Cops said a club bouncer tossed Sammy Dejesus, 28, out of Goldfinger’s at about 11:15 p.m. on January 30. Dejesus was found unconscious by police responding to a 911 call of a beating near the club, police said.
Dejesus, of Middle Village, was taken to Elmhurst Hospital Center, where he died of his injuries on February 2.
Police arrested Alex Rodriguez, 27, on February 2 and charged him with manslaughter and assault in Dejesus’ death. Police sources said eyewitnesses told investigators Rodriguez and Dejesus got into a verbal dispute that led to the beating.
Investigators are trying to determine what led to the dispute between the two men.

109th Precinct
Hunt Foiled Animal Clinic Thief
Queens detectives are seeking help from the public to identify and locate a suspect sought in connection with the attempted robbery of a Flushing animal clinic.
Cops said the suspect walked into the Petopia Animal Clinic with a brown bag pulled over his head and threatened workers with a simulated weapon and demanded drugs.
When the workers refused to comply, the suspect walked from room to room at the clinic and left empty-handed a short while later, police sources said.
The suspect is described as a white male, 30 to 35 years old, approximately 6 feet tall and 200 to 230 pounds. Police said the suspect was wearing a dark colored hoodie, dark jeans and sunglasses at the time of the incident.
Anyone with information on the suspect is urged to call the Crimestoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS.

114th Precinct
Queensbridge Drug Bust
Nets 59 Suspects
Queens Narcotics detectives last week busted 59 people on drug charges at the Queensbridge Houses, part of a continuing investigation into suspected drug activity at the Long Island City NYCHA (New York City Housing Authority) housing development, authorities said.
Armed with a series of search warrants, detectives arrested 34 people for sale of a controlled substance and seized undisclosed amounts of crack, powdered cocaine, heroin and marijuana, along with four pistols, one bulletproof vest and $4,000 in cash, authorities said.
Others arrested during the raid are facing drug possession and drug-related charges, police sources said.
The raid was carried out as part of a seven-month undercover investigation at Queensbridge sparked by two shootings in April 2008, police said.


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