2012-01-18 / Features

Boro-Wide Blotter

By Liz Goff

Police this month arrested a 31-year-old Queens man suspected in a string of 11 armed robberies throughout the borough and three robberies in Nassau County.

Gregory “Bubba” Kennedy was pulled over on January 3, by Anti-Crime unit cops at the 105th Precinct who spotted him driving a black Chevrolet Impala at a high speed on 130th Avenue in Springfield Gardens, authorities said.

During the traffic stop, the cops recognized the driver, Kennedy, from a wanted poster that identified him as a suspect in a November 25 robbery at a T-Mobile store on Jamaica Avenue.

Police said a suspect, his face covered by a scarf, walked into the T-Mobile store at 251-05 Jamaica Ave. at about 10:15 a.m. on November 25 and displayed a firearm, demanding cash from terrified employees. The suspect made off with $2,750, unaware that the robbery was captured on an in-store surveillance video.

Detectives at the 105th Precinct reviewed the video that showed the suspect, moments later with his face still covered, entering a livery cab around the corner from the store. The video shows the suspect opening a passenger door on the livery cab as it pulled away from the curb – and tossing a liquor bottle to the street, police said.

Investigators at the NYPD Evidence Collection Unit returned to the scene where they recovered the empty bottle of Paul Masson Grande Amber brandy, police said. The cops lifted fingerprints from the bottle that matched prints on file as Kennedy’s.

Detectives pulled a photo of Kennedy, who has a lengthy criminal record, and produced the Wanted Poster that was distributed throughout the confines of the 105th Precinct.

During questioning after his arrest, Kennedy implicated himself in a series of 10 other recent armed robberies that occurred within the confines of the 103rd, 105th, 106th and 113th Precincts, police said.

Kennedy told investigators at the 105th Precinct that he stole a total of $11,435 in cash during a rash of robberies he pulled off between October 11 and December 30, 2011 at the JFK Inn, three different T-Mobile stores, three Dunkin’ Donuts shops and a Metro PCS store.
During his confession, Kennedy boasted that he held up two of the Dunkin’ Donuts shops twice, police said.

Kennedy was charged with 11 counts of first-degree armed robbery and weapons possession at his arraignment at Queens Criminal Court.

112th Precinct
Brothers Charged In New Year’s Attack

Two Rego Park brothers celebrated the New Year from behind bars after they allegedly beat and stabbed a man after an early morning dispute on January 1, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said.

Brown said Michael Vizanino, 22, and his brother John, 24, were outside their home on 63rd Road early on January 1 when they began arguing with two females and their male acquaintance.

Moments later, the brothers attacked the man – and one of the siblings pulled a knife and stabbed the man, prosecutors said.

Law enforcement sources said portions of the attack were captured on a nearby surveillance camera.

The victim, who suffered a punctured lung, was taken to a nearby hospital where he remains in stable condition.

The brothers were charged with assault and criminal possession of a weapon at their arraignment at Queens Criminal Court.


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