2015-09-09 / Features

Call To End Club Related Violence In Dutch Kills

BY LIZ GOFF

Police, community leaders and local officials are calling on the State Liquor Authority to investigate and take appropriate action regarding repeated acts of violence in and outside a notorious Dutch Kills gentlemen’s club.

Police are searching for four suspects who attacked and robbed a man in the early morning hours of September 6, as he was leaving a live music performance at Purlieu located at 36-04 34th St. in Long Island City.

Cops said the 30-year-old victim was leaving the club at about 5 a.m. when he realized the keys to his 2014 Lexus were missing from his pocket. The victim alerted a club manager who offered to call a locksmith, police said.

The victim was walking to his car moments later when he saw two vehicles approach his from behind, police said. A black male exited one of the vehicles and shouted, “Does anyone here need the keys to his Lexus?”

As the victim turned to answer, the suspect pointed a gun at the man’s head and threatened to shoot him if he refused to hand over his gold chains and wristwatch. When the victim failed to comply, the suspect punched him in the head and snatched his two necklaces and wristwatch, then removed a Samsung Note and an iPhone 5 from his pocket.

The gunman fired two rounds at the victim as he attempted to run back toward the club, police said. The victim was slightly wounded when one of the gunshots grazed his head.

The gunman then punched the victim in the face and fled the scene with an accomplice in a dark-colored Nissan Altima. Two additional suspects fled the scene in a late-model black car, following the Nissan as it sped southbound on 34th Street toward 37th Avenue.

Police and local officials this week renewed their call for the State Liquor

Authority to review the September 6 attack and another violent incident that occurred at Purlieu on March 6.

Four men were shot and stabbed inside Purlieu, setting off a violent brawl between members of the Bloods and Crips street gangs, police said. The brawl spilled onto the sidewalk outside club, waking and angering neighbors who are up in arms over activities at the club.

Fists and bottles were flying inside the club during the brawl that turned bloody when the suspects pulled knives and other sharp objects.

Four men who were stabbed in the chest during the brawl were taken to a nearby hospital in critical condition. A fifth man who was stabbed in the back was transported to Cornell University

Medical Center in very critical condition, authorities said.

Cops arrested four gang members on stop warrants and released surveillance footage to the media that shows the suspects stabbing victims inside the club.

Police ramped up enforcement in the area following the March 6 incident, including a series of “MARCH” crackdowns (Multiple Agency

Response To Critical Hotspots) that bring response teams from the FDNY, city and state agencies to inspect and enforce conditions at troubled locations.

Police officials at the 114th Precinct stepped up patrols in the area and continue random searches to verify age requirements of club patrons.

Purlieu is located in a largely residential neighborhood, less than a halfblock from two churches and a public high school, and one block from a public elementary school.

Police are urging anyone with information on the two incidents to call the

CrimeStoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-

TIPS or click on www.nypdcrimestoppers.com.

The Hotline is offering a reward of up to $2,500 to anyone with information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspects.

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