114th Precinct Crime Watch
School Gunfire Strikes Diplomat’s Wife
A stray bullet fired by a suspect outside Long Island City H.S. struck the wife of a high-ranking Sudanese diplomat on April 18.
Police said the round barely missed Mawagad Elbahi’s three-year-old daughter and the infant son she was holding in her arms.
Elbahi, 31, “came within an inch of her life” when the stray bullet tore through her shoulder and neck at about 3:20 p.m. on April 28, Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said.
Elbahi, wife of Sudanese Consul General Mohamed Elbahi, was struck while she waited for her five-year-old son to be dropped off from school at a bus stop on 21st Street near 31st Drive in Astoria.
The shooting took place just blocks from Elbahi’s home on 31st Drive, police sources said.
Police sources said the stray bullet traveled about three blocks from the site of a dispute outside Long Island City H.S. Students from the school on Broadway and 14th Street were arguing when a suspect pulled a knife and a gun and started shooting, the sources said.
Police arrested Miguel Mata, 19, in the shooting. Mata was charged with attempted murder, assault, criminal possession of a weapon and reckless endangerment. He was held in lieu of $100,000 bail at his arraignment at Queens Criminal Court.
Mata is not a student at Long Island City H.S., police said.
Hunt Robbery Suspects
Detectives at the 114th Precinct are seeking help from the public to identify and locate two armed suspects who beat up their victims during three Long Island City robberies.
Cops said the suspects struck first at about 6 p.m. on March 30, when they approached a 43-year-old man in front of 40-44 24th St.
The suspects beat the victim with a baseball bat and fled with his cellphone and wallet, police said.
The pair struck again at 7 p.m. on April 8, when they accosted a 54-year-old man at 38th Street and 24th Avenue, police said.
The suspects flashed a knife at the victim and fled with an undisclosed amount of cash, police said.
The third robbery occurred at about 8:50 p.m. on April 9, when they pummeled a 31-year-old man at the corner of 22nd Street and 40th Avenue, police said.
The pair fled with undisclosed property from the victim, leaving the man bleeding on the sidewalk, police sources 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 to anyone with information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspects.