Suspect Nabbed In Fatal Shooting
Police last week arrested a 31-year-old Queens man in connection with the October 24 fatal shooting of a Sunnyside resident and another man. Gino Fiorencia is facing second-degree murder charges along with multiple counts of assault and weapons possession in the shootings.
Police responding to 911 calls on October 24 found Edison Vera, 25, lifeless on the sidewalk outside 45-55 48th St. Vera, who was shot once under his arm and once in the chest, was taken to Elmhurst Hospital Center, where he was pronounced dead on arrival.
Cops also found a second victim at the scene, police said. The second man, also 25 years old, suffered shotgun wounds in the left arm and abdomen and was treated and released at Elmhurst Hospital Center.
Arrest In May-December Slashing
A 32-year-old Flushing man found himself behind bars this week after he slashed his 47-year-old live-in lover during a November 6 dispute, police said.
Cops said the argument between Jose Martia and his girlfriend turned violent when Martia grabbed a knife from the kitchen of their Flushing apartment and slashed the victim on the arm and chest.
The woman managed to break free and called police, who charged the knife-wielding Martia with assault and weapons possession.
Insurance Swindler Nabbed
Queens detectives last week arrested a 32-year-old Elmhurst man who tried to swindle his car insurance carrier by padding a recent claim with an extra $1,000, authorities said.
Mohammed Mia sent a bill to the insurance company in June that indicated his vehicle needed $1,173 in repairs.
An investigator for the insurance company became suspicious and asked the auto body shop for copies of receipts and the original invoice, which showed only $173 worth of repairs was needed to put the vehicle back in shape, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said.
Hunt Armed Video Store Bandit
Queens detectives are seeking help from the public to identify and locate a suspect sought in connection with the October 23 robbery of a Forest Hills video store.
Police said the suspect walked into the store at 102-30 Queens Blvd. on October 23, waved a silver pistol and demanded cash from a terrified clerk.
The clerk handed over an undisclosed amount of cash to the suspect, who then ordered him to the basement of the store. The suspect locked the clerk in the basement and fled on foot in an unknown direction, police said. The clerk was not injured in the incident.
The suspect is described as a black or Hispanic male, 30 to 35 years old, 5 feet, 9 inches tall and weighing 170 pounds.
Anyone with information is urged to call the Crimestoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS. The Hotline is offering a $2,000 reward to anyone with information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect.