2012-03-07 / Front Page

114th Precinct Crime Watch

By LIZ GOFF

Mad Dragger Busted

Police arrested an angry East Elmhurst man after he dragged his wife along the pavement with his car, authorities said.

Cops said Freddy Rodriguez, 46, was behind the wheel of his 2008 Infiniti FX at about 8:45 p.m. on February 18 when he stopped for a red light on 108th Street.

At that point, Rodriguez started arguing with his 26-year-old wife, who was standing outside the vehicle, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said.

As the dispute heated up, the woman grabbed the door handle and demanded that Rodriguez let her into the vehicle. But he instead hit the gas and tore through the red light, dragging the woman a short distance until she fell to the ground.

Rodriguez did not pull over to check on the woman when she fell to the pavement, but sped away instead.

The woman was taken to a local hospital where she was treated for injuries she suffered to her hip, leg and arm during the incident.

Cops tracked down Rodriguez and arrested him on February 22, Brown said. He was charged with assault, leaving the scene of an accident and reckless endangerment at his arraignment at Queens Criminal Court.

Hunt Dutch Kills Bandit

Police at the 114th Precinct are searching for a man who swiped a pocketbook from a woman while she was standing inside an auto repair facility.

Cops said the woman was standing inside the Central Collision Auto Shop on 14th Street and 36th Avenue at about 7 a.m. on February 15 when the suspect grabbed her bag and fled in an unknown direction.

About 15 minutes later, the suspect tried unsuccessfully to use the woman’s American Express card to withdraw cash from a nearby ATM machine, police said.

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

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