2017-09-27 / Front Page

Burglar Faces 16 Years-To-Life In Maspeth Break-In

By Liz Goff
A career criminal with a history of burglary arrests met his match on August 1 at the hands of a nanny-cam.

Felix Perez, 38, of Crown Heights, Brooklyn, pleaded guilty on September 17 to second-degree burglary in the break-in of a home on 66th Street in Maspeth on August 1, 2016. As a persistent felon, Perez faces 16 years-to-life in prison at his sentencing on October 13.

Police said the homeowner called 911 when she spotted Perez roaming through her home on the afternoon of August 16, 2016, on a nanny-cam she was monitoring on her phone.

The woman raced home and met with police from the 104th Precinct, who were responding to her 911 calls, NYPD Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce said.

The woman let the officers into her home and kept saying she was afraid for her dog, Boyce said.

“She was pacing up and down outside the house, and as the officers moved in she walked behind them,” a police source said. “She walked very quickly from the house a few minutes later, hugging her dog.” When the cops spotted Perez hiding inside the home, he entered into a physical altercation with one of the officers. During the struggle, the officer hit his head on the ground and was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment.

The cop managed to fire one round at Perez during the struggle, striking him in a testicle a police source said. Perez managed to make a run for it, but was spotted running through the rear of a residence on nearby Hull Avenue by cops in close pursuit. He tried to jump into a nearby backyard to evade arrest, but was captured by police.

Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said Perez was arraigned at Queens Criminal Court on a criminal complaint charging him with second-degree burglary, second-degree assault of a police officer, possession of burglar’s tools, petit larceny, fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property and resisting arrest.

Police said Perez was paroled on June 2, 2016 after serving time on a five-year sentence for burglarizing a Queens home in 2012. He had previously been sentenced to a five-year sentence for three burglary convictions in 2011.

Boyce and then-Police Commissioner William Bratton said the officers acted appropriately in their pursuit of Perez.

“Perez was found burglarizing a home and he attacked police who tried to arrest him,” a top-ranking police source said.

Bratton said the officers were aware that there was an active burglary pattern in the area.

“They acted appropriately and apprehended this career criminal with his hands in the cookie jar.”

“In pleading guilty, the defendant has admitted to burglarizing a home in broad daylight – violating the sanctity of the victim’s residence – in an attempt to enrich himself by taking another person’s valuables,” DA Brown said. “As a persistent felon, the defendant will find himself incarcerated for a very long time as a result of this criminal act.”

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