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Boro-Wide Blotter

Compiled By Liz Goff

104th Precinct
Deadly Passenger

Police arrested a 36-year-old Queens man on August 19, after he shot a hole in the roof of a car traveling on Myrtle Avenue in Glendale.
Cops said Bryan McMenamin opened the rear driver side door of a 2006 Dodge that was stopped at a traffic light at 78th Street and Myrtle Avenue at about 9:45 p.m. on August 19.
McMenamin asked the startled driver for a ride and offered to pay, but the driver refused – and told him to get out of the car, police sources said.
A woman riding in the front passenger seat spotted a gun in McMenamin’s waistband, moments before he fired one round into the roof of the Dodge, police said.
McMenamin bolted from the car after firing the weapon and fled on foot along Myrtle Avenue, police said. The driver discovered the bullet hole in the roof of the car after McMenamin fled.
Cops caught up with McMenamin a short while later and charged him with reckless endangerment.

108th Precinct
Fatal Woodside Stab Suspect Busted

Police responding to 911 calls on August 26 found a 37-year-old Queens man, with stab wounds to his neck and shoulder, slumped on a sidewalk at 69th Street and Woodside Avenue, authorities said.
The victim, identified as Enrique Morales Martinez, was taken to Elmhurst Hospital Center where he was declared dead on arrival.
Cops nabbed Ramiro Martinez, 28, at the scene and charged him with murder and criminal possession of a weapon.
Investigators are trying to determine a motive for the attack.

109th Precinct
Bodega Trashed

An out-of-control customer was arrested on August 11 after he trashed a College Point bodega, police said.
Cops said a clerk at the College Point Grocery had asked rowdy Joe Quiroz, 20, to leave the store on College Point Boulevard and 19th Avenue at about 10:50 p.m. on August 11.
Quiroz ignored the request and allegedly started tossing merchandise from shelves to the floor of the store, police said.
Cops responding to 911 calls arrested Quiroz, who was charged with harassment and criminal mischief at his arraignment at Queens Criminal Court.

110th Precinct
Bus Driver Busted

Cops arrested the driver of a yellow school bus on August 30, when he tried to leave the scene after crashing into an MTA bus, authorities said.
The 3 p.m. crash involved the school bus, a Q23 bus and several other vehicles at 108th Street and the Horace Harding Expressway in Corona and left 18 people injured, police said.
Two victims refused treatment and 14 others were taken to Forest Hills Hospital with minor injuries, fire officials said. There were no children on the bus at the time of the crash, fire officials said.
The bus driver was charged with leaving the scene of an accident.

112th Precinct
Businessman Jailed In Tax Cheat

The owner of a Forest Hills Internet currency exchange business was sentenced last week to two years in prison for conspiring to hide more than $390,000 from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).
Prosecutors said Ilya Baruch, of Forest Hills, repeatedly met with several other people on street corners in Queens to pick up “vast quantities of cash” in shopping bags.
Authorities said the people had obtained hundreds of stolen bank account numbers and PINs from overseas conspirators and handed them over to Baruch, who converted the cash through the Russia-based WebMoney system.
Baruch was convicted last month of conspiring to hide the cash from the IRS, authorities said.

115th Precinct
Hunt Bank Bandit

Queens detectives are seeking help from the public to identify and locate a man who held up a Corona bank on August 29.
Cops said the unarmed suspect entered the New York Commercial Bank at 38-07 Junction Blvd. at about 4 p.m. on August 29, where he passed a note demanding cash to a teller.
The teller complied and handed over an undisclosed amount of cash to the suspect, who fled on foot northbound on Junction Boulevard, then eastbound on 38th Avenue, police said. Cops described the suspect as a black or Hispanic male, approximately 40-years-old, five feet, seven inches tall and about 170 pounds, with a salt-and-pepper beard. He was wearing gold-frame aviator-style sunglasses, a red tee-shirt over a white collared shirt, tan cargo pants, white sneakers and white cotton gloves at the time of the holdup, police said.
Anyone with information is urged to call the Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS or click on www.nypdcrimestoppers.com.

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