Ridgewood Man Threatens Cops
A 61-year-old Middle Village man remains hospitalized in police custody this week after he was injured while brandishing a weapon at police responding to 911 calls.
Police said officers who responded to 911 calls of a man with a weapon walked up the Linden Street home of James Crockett to find him wildly waving a gun. The cops took cover behind vehicles parked outside the home and called for backup, shouting orders to Crockett to drop the gun. Crockett turned toward the cops, waving the weapon in their direction.
When Crockett failed to respond to repeated orders by police to drop the weapon, one officer fired two rounds that struck him in the torso and thigh.
Crockett was arrested at the scene and taken to Elmhurst Hosptal Center with non-life-threatening injuries. He was charged with criminal possession of a weapon and menacing a police officer, authorities said.
Police recovered the weapon at the scene and determined it was a fully loaded BB gun.
Phony Building Inspector Arrested
Police last week arrested a 47-year-old scam artist who tried to gain entrance to a Fresh Meadows home by posing as a city Department of Buildings inspector.
Authorities said Gregory Williams scaled a fence outside the home at Underhill Avenue and 192nd Street where he was confronted by the homeowner. Williams told the man he was a building inspector and that he had left his agency identification in his car.
When the homeowner escorted Williams to the vehicle the phony inspector jumped behind the wheel, speeding away from the scene, authorities said.
Queens detectives tracked Williams down and charged him with criminal impersonation and criminal trespass.
Cabbie Busted In Fare Attack
An unlicensed cabbie found himself behind bars on February 7 after he beat a Queens woman over a fare dispute, police said.
Cops said cabbie Francisco Martinez agreed on a fare of $30 to drive the 24-year-old female victim from The Bronx to her Sunnyside residence, but when he pulled up outside her apartment building Martinez locked the doors and refused to allow the woman to leave the cab. Instead, Martinez drove the terrified woman toward the Queensboro Bridge.
Police sources said the woman told investigators Martinez got infuriated when she dialed 911 for help. He pulled over to the curb and pulled her from the cab “by the seat of [her] pants”, the woman said. “He then proceeded to beat me up,” the woman told police. The victim said Martinez punched her “so many times I can’t remember”, until a good Samaritan saw the attack and intervened tackling Martinez and holding him until police arrived.
Martinez was charged with third-degree assault. Police said a background check confirmed that Martinez is not licensed to drive a cab.
Motorist Uses Car To Get Revenge
Police last week busted a 40-year-old Flushing man after he used his car as a weapon to get even with a stranger.
Police said Seng Tan was sitting behind the wheel of his 2007 green Toyota when he got into a dispute with the victim outside a residence on Bowne Street and Northern Boulevard.
As the man walked away from the argument, Tan stepped on the gas and struck him, leaving the victim clinging to the hood of the Toyota. Tan then made a U-turn knocking the victim off the car and onto the street, police said.
Police said the incident took place as the victim’s children, ages two and four, stood by watching. The children were not injured in the incident.
Tan was charged with reckless endangerment and leaving the scene of an accident.