Domestic Abuse Call Reveals Weapons Cache
Police responding to a brutal domestic attack on June 21 searched a suspect’s Ridgewood home where they discovered a cache of unregistered weapons – including a fully loaded assault rifle, authorities said.
Anthony Macchiarole, 60, is facing weapons and assault charges after he allegedly threatened and assaulted a woman during a dispute at his Eliot Avenue home, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said.
Macchiarole then allegedly grabbed the victim by her left arm and shoulder and dragged her to the sidewalk outside the home, Brown said. Eyewitnesses told investigators Macchiarole then flung the woman to the pavement and dragged her by the hair while saying, “Get out of here before I kill you,” court records state.
When police responding to multiple 911 calls asked Macchiarole if he had any weapons in the home, he replied, “Yeah, a few.” Cops who conducted a legal search of the home recovered the assault rifle, a variety of 16 other rifles and a BB gun. None of the weapons were registered and Macchiarole had no current permits for the weapons, Brown said.
Macchiarole was charged with assault, harassment, multiple counts of criminal possession of a weapon, possession of unlicensed firearms and other related charges at his arraignment at Queens Criminal Court where he was held in lieu of $25,000 bail.
The victim was treated and released at a nearby hospital for injuries she suffered in the attack.
Hunt Burglary Suspect
Queens detectives are seeking help from the public to identify and locate a suspect sought in connection with a June 20 break-in at a Sunnyside apartment.
Cops said the suspect entered the apartment through an open window at 42-15 43rd Ave. where he stole electronic equipment and an undisclosed amount of cash.
The suspect is described as a black or Hispanic male, 30-35 years old, 5 feet, 7 inches tall and 180 pounds. He was carrying a pink backpack and wearing an orange tee shirt, a short sleeved, button-down orange and white “checkered” shirt, blue jeans and a blue and white baseball cap with the letter “F” emblazoned on the front at the time of the burglary, police said.
Anyone with information is urged to call the Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS or visit www.nypdcrimestoppers.com.
Illegal Cigarette Sellers Busted
Two Elmhurst men were charged with cheating the city and state out of revenue for allegedly selling untaxed cigarettes, police said.
Hungan Lai, 61, and Ming Gao, 33, were arrested after police discovered more than 1,300 cartons of untaxed cigarettes and more than 3,500 fake Virginia tax stamps in an Elmhurst garage where the pair parked their vehicles, authorities said. They were arraigned on June 30 and June 29, respectively.
Police seized more than 1,800 cartons of cigarettes and $32,000 from Lai and Gao at the time of their arrest, authorities said. The cops also seized an additional 350 cartons of cigarettes and an undisclosed amount of cash from Lai’s car.
Lai is facing 15 years in prison and Gao could face up to seven years behind bars, if convicted.
Armed Thug Busted In Foiled Car Theft
Police in Bayside last month arrested a 27 year-old Queens man after he held up a motorist at knifepoint and tried to steal the victim’s car.
Cops said the victim parked his car in a lot at 38th Avenue and 218th Street on the afternoon of June 24. The man was leaning on the car, eating a sandwich, when the suspect slashed the man with a knife and robbed him – and then attempted to steal the car, police said.
The suspect fled on foot when the victim wrestled him out of the car, police sources said. Police who arrived at the scene canvassed the area and caught up with the suspect a short distance from the lot.
The victim later identified the suspect, who was charged with robbery, grand larceny auto, assault, criminal possession of a weapon and resisting arrest.
The victim was treated at a local hospital for lacerations he suffered in the knife attack.
Beer Bottle Bust
A 23 year-old Queens man is facing assault and weapons charges after he attacked a man on June 12, who was defending his wife outside a Jackson Heights nightclub.
Court papers state Hernandez Modesto made a pass at the victim’s wife at about 1:50 a.m. on June 12, as the couple left the El Burrito Loco Nightclub on Roosevelt Avenue and 95th Street.
When the husband defended his wife, Modesto grabbed a beer bottle and hit the man in the face – sending him to a nearby hospital for treatment of cuts and abrasions, court papers state.
Club employees detained Modesto until police arrived and charged him with assault, criminal possession of a weapon and harassment.