2011-10-05 / Features

Boro-Wide Blotter

by LIZ GOFF

108th Precinct
Can’t Buy These Cops

A 20-year-old Sunnyside woman this week is facing bribery charges after she offered cash to cops at the 108th Precinct in exchange for a jail break for her boyfriend.

Police said Anjail Sharma and her boyfriend, Jose Reyes, 19, were driving at 58th Street and Broadway in Woodside on September 13 when police at the 108th Precinct pulled them over for a broken brake light.

While speaking with the couple, a detective spotted a metal grinder coated with marijuana stashed under the front passenger seat of the vehicle.

After questioning the couple, the cop issued Sharma and Reyes summonses for marijuana possession and Reyes was arrested for unlicensed driving, police said.

When cops took the couple to the 108th Precinct stationhouse for processing, Sharma offered to pay them $100 to release Reyes, court records show.

The cops reported the attempted bribery to the precinct Integrity Officer and added a bribery charge to the drug count Sharma was already facing.

Marshals Probe Fatal Fire

Queens fire marshals are trying to determine the cause of an early-morning fire at a two-family Sunnyside house that left one man dead on September 29.

The 41-year-old man was killed after a fire tore through his second-floor apartment at 49-01 43rd Ave. at about 3:30 a.m. on September 29, fire officials said.

The victim was taken to Elmhurst Hospital Center where he was pronounced dead on arrival, an FDNY spokesperson said. Fire officials said the blaze was contained to the victim’s apartment.

Two firefighters were treated and released at North Shore Medical Center for treatment of minor injuries they suffered while battling the blaze, the spokesperson said.

Fire marshals are continuing their investigation to determine the cause of the blaze.

109th Precinct
Offer $2G Reward For Armed Gas Station Bandit

Queens detectives are seeking help from the public to identify and locate an armed suspect who held up a Fresh Meadows gas station on September 29.

Cops said the suspect was wearing a mask when he entered the Sonoco station at 174th Street and the Horace Harding Expressway at about 6:30 a.m. on September 29, where he pointed a gun at a terrified clerk and demanded cash.

The attendant handed over $760 in cash to the bandit, who fled on foot in an unknown direction, police said.

Anyone with information is urged to call the Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS or click on www.nypdcrimestoppers.com. The Hotline is offering a $2,000 reward for anyone with information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect.
 
111th Precinct
Hunt Park Arson Suspect

Detectives at the 111th Precinct Squad are seeking help from the public to locate and identify an arsonist who last week torched a playground at Alley Pond Park.

Police said the fire was set in the park at Springfield Boulevard and 76th Avenue sometime between Tuesday night and Wednesday morning (September 27, 28). The blaze damaged park ground surface and equipment, police said.

Anyone with information is urged to call the Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS or click on www.nypdcrimestoppers.com.

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