A 40-year-old day laborer found himself behind bars on December 21 after he bashed a fellow laborer in the head with a tool outside a Home Depot store in Ozone Park.
Police said Ramon De La Rosa and his brother were outside the Rockaway Boulevard store looking for work at about 12:30 p.m. on December 21 when they spotted the victim.
Fearing the man would take work away from him, De La Rosa grabbed a three-foot wooden level and hit the victim over the head with it.
The victim was taken to a local hospital with a concussion and facial fractures, authorities said.
De La Rosa was charged with assault and criminal possession of a weapon.
Teen Kills Teen
An argument between two teenage girls turned deadly on the first day of the new year, when one of the teens grabbed a knife and stabbed the other through the heart.
Police said Sarsheena Lynn, 17, and Mary Herron, 19, were arguing over a property matter inside Herron’s Kew Gardens Hills home at 135th Street and 82nd Avenue at about 12:40 p.m. on January 1 when Herron grabbed a knife and plunged it into Lynn’s chest.
Paramedics rushed Lynn to Queens General Hospital, where she died a short while later, authorities said.
Herron was charged with manslaughter and criminal possession of a weapon.
Suicidal Jumper Halts LIRR
Service was disrupted on a Penn Station-bound LIRR train on New Year’s Eve when an elderly man jumped from a snow bank and stood in front of the oncoming train, police said.
Investigators said the victim who died instantly, was wearing a heavy winter coat, but no pants, when he jumped in front of the train.
The man was struck at about 11:30 a.m. on an isolated stretch of track that runs through Elmhurst, police said. Service was disrupted on the line for approximately 2 1/2 hours, a spokesperson for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority said.
Cops Hunt Killer Boyfriend
Queens detectives this week are continuing their search for the boyfriend of a 29-year-old woman, found inside her Corona home on December 29 with 40 stab wounds.
Police broke into the home of Diana Bolivar, 29 at about 12:10 p.m. after her sister failed to reach her and called 911 for help.
Police sources said the apartment showed signs of a struggle, and Bolivar’s body had stab wounds to the jugular, heart and lungs.
Bolivar’s sister told police she had not heard from her since Christmas Eve, when Bolivar and her boyfriend left a family gathering. The pair had been arguing over when they would leave the gathering, the sister said.
Investigators believe the boyfriend hacked Bolivar to death in a jealous rage shortly after they returned to the 110th Street apartment on Christmas Eve.
Sources said investigators believe the boyfriend got on a plane to his native Colombia on December 28. The man had been in this country on a work visa, the sources said.
Police are urging anyone with information on the whereabouts of the boyfriend 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.