2016-08-10 / Front Page

Brooklyn Man Charged With Burglary And Assaulting Cop

Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown announced on August 3 that a 37-year-old Brooklyn man has been charged with burglarizing a Maspeth residence and assaulting a police officer, among other charges, earlier this week.
District Attorney Brown said, “The defendant is accused of brazenly burglarizing a home in broad daylight and then, when confronted by the police, engaging in a physical altercation with them before fleeing the scene on foot. His bid to escape justice, however, proved short-lived, as police captured him approximately a block away.”
The District Attorney identified the defendant as Felix Perez, 37, of Crown Heights, Brooklyn. Perez was arraigned on the evening of August 3 before Queens Criminal Court Judge Karen Gopee on a criminal complaint charging him with second-degree burglary, second-degree assault, possession of burglar’s tools, petit larceny, fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property and resisting arrest. Perez, who faces up to 25 years to life in prison as a mandatory persistent felon, was ordered remanded and to return to court on September 6.
District Attorney Brown said that, according to the criminal charges, police officers responded to a 911 call for a burglary in progress on 66th Street in Maspeth on the afternoon of Monday, August 1, 2016, and that when they entered the premises, they observed the defendant Perez to be unlawfully inside. It is alleged that Perez engaged in a physical altercation with one of the officers, who hit his head on the ground during the struggle and required treatment at a local Queens hospital.
Thereafter, it is alleged that Perez fled the location on foot in an attempt to avoid being placed under arrest. In fleeing, Perez was allegedly observed running through the rear yard of a residence on nearby Hull Avenue, and from which police allegedly recovered construction gloves which are commonly used during forcible entries.
Perez was apprehended in the front of a residence on Hull Avenue, which is approximately one block from the burglarized location. Allegedly scattered on the ground in the rear of the location were rings, watches, earrings and a chain, which the owner of the burglarized premises had observed earlier in the day inside the bedrooms of her home.
Perez, who was shot in the groin during his alleged struggle with police, also was taken to a local Queens hospital for his injury following his arrest. He was released earlier on August 3.
The investigation was conducted by police officers assigned to the New York City Police Department’s 104th Precinct, as well as by the NYPD’s Force Investigation Division.
It should be noted that criminal charges are merely accusations and that a defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

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