2011-01-19 / Front Page

Queens Cops Hope Reward Will Help Solve 1986 Murder

Queens detectives are hoping a reward will spark new interest that will turn up clues in the 1986 murder of a Long Island City real estate attorney.

Police said Richard Belden, 53, picked up a payroll for workers at his Long Island City law firm at about 10:30 a.m. on December 24, 1986 and was walking back to his office when a car pulled up next to him.

The car suddenly stopped and three men jumped out, one of them waving a silver, 44-caliber handgun. The gunman pumped off several rounds, striking Belden in the face and chest, police said.

The gunman and his accomplices grabbed the cash from Belden, jumped back into the gold Buick sedan and sped away. No one was ever arrested in the murder.

Eyewitnesses told investigators they were skeptical about the murder, since it resembled scenes from the cop thriller, “Someone To Watch Over Me”, that were filmed on the same street the day before the shooting.

A private investigator hired by Belden’s family believed he was a victim of mistaken identity, murdered instead of another businessman who was carrying a larger payroll in a similar black case on the same day.

Belden’s widow, Helen, is offering a $10,000 reward to anyone with information leading to the arrest and conviction of a suspect.

Anyone with information is urged to call the Crimestoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS or go online to www.nypdcrimestoppers.com. The Hotline is offering an additional $2,000 to anyone with information leading to the arrest and conviction of a suspect.

–Liz Goff


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