2013-04-10 / Front Page

Boro-Wide Blotter

Compiled By Liz Goff

104th Precinct

Man Busted In Machete Attack

Police last month arrested a 27-year-old Queens man after he broke into a Ridgewood home and attacked a resident with a machete, sources said.

Police sources said Smail Muratovic, 27, kicked down the front door of an apartment at the house on Grandview Avenue near Harman Street at about 11:50 p.m. on March 14 and shouted, “Where are my keys? Where is my cell phone?”

Cops said Muratovic then hacked tenant Joseph Rosa in the wrist with the machete, fracturing the wrist and forearm, before fleeing on foot in an unknown direction.

Rosa was taken to a nearby hospital where doctors used eight staples to close the wound to his wrist, a fire spokesperson said.

Cops caught up with Muratovic a short while later and charged him with burglary and assault. He was released on $7,500 bail following his arraignment at Queens Criminal Court.

 108th Precinct

Cops ‘Weed Out’ LIC Pot Farm

Agents from the Federal Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), working with the NYPD, busted a massive drug operation in Long Island City on April 2.

The agents carried out the sting operation at about 3 p.m. on April 2, at a warehouse at 11-27 44th Road in Long Island City, where they arrested five “pot farmers” and seized more than 1,000 marijuana plants, grow lights and other drug paraphernalia, authorities said.

The five suspects, who are not yet identified, were charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance, criminal possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and other offenses.

 112th Precinct

 Hunt Serial Burglar

Queens detectives are seeking help from the public to identify and locate a suspect wanted for breaking into four buildings in Rego Park between March 27 and 30th.

Cops said the thief first struck at about 7:30 a.m. on March 27 when he failed in an attempt to break into a medical office on 63rd Drive near Alderton Avenue through the building vestibule.

The suspect struck again two days later, at about 10 p.m., when he attempted to break through the roof of a Realtor’s office on 63rd Drive, police said. The wannabe thief failed to gain entry to the office, but caused damage to the building’s roof, police said.

The hapless thief tried again at about 1 a.m. on March 30, when he slipped through a skylight into a diner on Austin Street – and tried, but failed to steal cash from a register, police said.

The suspect is described as a male white or Hispanic, in his early 20s and approximately 5-feet, 8-inches tall. He was caught on surveillance video wearing a light colored jacket and baseball cap during one of his foiled burglary attempts.

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

 

Queens Transit District 20/NYPD

 

Hunt Subway Groper

Queens Transit police are seeking help from the public to identify and locate a suspect wanted fro groping a woman in a Kew Gardens subway station.

Cops said the 22-year-old victim was walking out of the Union Turnpike station at 10:25 p.m. on March 13 when she felt someone grab her buttocks.

The suspect fled the scene when the woman turned to confront him, police said.

The suspect is described as a black male in his late 20s, 5-feet, 2-inches tall and 160 pounds. He was wearing a dark knit cap and dark-colored hoodie at the time of the attack, 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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