FBI Agent Shoots At Three Thieves
FBI officials placed a federal agent on modified duty last week after he shot at three men he confronted as they tried to break into his car, parked near his South Ozone Park home, authorities said.
The off-duty FBI agent, whose name was not released, interrupted the thieves after he spotted them trying to break into his car outside his home, authorities said.
The agent confronted the thieves as they were trying to swipe a radio from the red Lexus sedan, law enforcement sources said.
The agent fired off three rounds at the suspects as they ran toward a waiting getaway car, police said.
The agent then called 911 and told police he believed one round had struck one of the suspects in the back, the sources said.
Police received a call from Brookdale University Hospital a short while later, advising them that a man had just walked into the hospital emergency room with a bullet wound in his back.
The man was detained by police until federal and Queens investigators completed their probe into the incident.
Glass Crash Driver Injured
A Queens motorist suffered only minor injuries when his car sped out of control and slammed into a 14-story building in Long Island City.
Cops said the driver was traveling along 44th Drive at about 6:45 a.m. on July 17 when it collided with a black BMW. The collision forced the driver to lose control of the vehicle, which slammed into a glass office building at 26-26 Jackson Ave., police said.
Police and firefighters who responded to the scene alerted the city Department of Buildings (DOB) that the structure had suffered a considerable amount of damage, fire officials said.
A DOB inspector arrived at the scene a short while later to determine the structural safety of the damaged building.
The driver was taken to Elmhurst Hospital Center where he was treated and released with minor injuries. No other injuries were reported as a result of the crash.
Hunt Sex Attack Suspect
Queens detectives are searching for a suspect in connection with a sexual assault that occurred inside a Queens Boulevard motel.
Cops said the suspect was captured on surveillance video checking into the Elmhurst motel at about 2 a.m. on July 15.
Police said the suspect met the 20-year-old victim at a nearby bar earlier that night and the two went to the motel together. Once inside the motel, the suspect attacked the woman and fled in an unknown direction.
The suspect is described as an Hispanic male, 25 to 30 years old, five-feet, seven-inches tall and 160 pounds, with black hair. He was wearing a short-sleeved, button-down shirt and dark slacks at the time of the attack.
Anyone with information is urged to call the Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS or click on www.nypdcrimestoppers.com.
Manhole Blast Empties Commercial Strip
Firefighters responding to a smoky manhole fire on July 16 evacuated more than a dozen stores along a busy Jackson Heights commercial strip, a fire spokesperson said.
The blast occurred at about 3 p.m. on July 16 at a manhole at 95th Street and Roosevelt Avenue, and sent shoppers and pedestrians running for safety, eyewitnesses said.
Firefighters battled the blast for about 35 minutes, fire officials said. Con Edison crews arrived at the scene within minutes of the blast and worked into the evening to restore power to the area, police said.
A Con Edison spokesperson said there is no word on exactly what caused the fire and explosion.
Manhole fires are common during extreme heat conditions, when overheated underground wiring ignites trash tossed on the street, the Con Edison spokesperson said.
No one was injured in the explosion, fire officials said.