114th Precinct Crime Watch
Compiled By LIZ GOFF
Hunt Vernon Blvd. Shooter
Police at the 114th Precinct are seeking help from the public to identify and locate two suspects who ambushed and shot a Long Island City man on May 31.
Cops said the gunman and a female accomplice ambushed the victim at about 7:05 p.m. on May 31 in front of 40-05 Vernon Blvd.
The gunman opened fire, striking the victim once in the leg and ran with the woman to a dark colored SUV parked on 10th Street, police said.
Cops said surveillance cameras captured the gunman walking with the gun in his hand, while his female accomplice was checking her cellphone.
Anyone with information on the suspects 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.
Thief Hits Astoria Dental Office
Detectives at the 114th Precinct Squad are searching for a thief who was caught on surveillance video breaking into an Astoria dental office on May 4.
Cops said the thief climbed through an unlocked window at Steinway Family Dental on Steinway Street near 34th Avenue at about 3:50 a.m. on May 4.
The thief grabbed syringes and a laptop computer and fled on foot, police said.
Anyone with information is urged to call the Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS or click on www.nypdcrimestoppers.com.
Cop Busted In DWI Crash
An off-duty police officer last month was charged with driving under the influence and leaving the scene of a May 22 accident.
Ankur Joshi, 35, slammed his vehicle into another car at Steinway Street and 25th Avenue at about 5:25 a.m. on May 22 – just five blocks from the 114th Precinct stationhouse where he is assigned, police said.
The driver of the other vehicle suffered minor neck and back injuries in the crash, police said.
Joshi and the other driver exchanged information at the site of the accident, but when the driver decided to call 911, Joshi fled the scene, police sources said.
Cops who arrived at the scene arrested Joshi more than six hours later at his residence, police said. Joshi refused to take a Breathalyzer test and was taken to the Astoria Boulevard stationhouse for processing.
Joshi, who has been on the job since March 2000, has been assigned to the 114th Precinct for his entire career, police said. He was suspended without pay from his job and will face a departmental review.