2017-10-25 / Front Page

Maspeth Burglar Gets Maximum 16-Years To Life

By Liz Goff
A 38-year-old career criminal was sentenced on October 16 to 16-years-to-life as a mandatory persistent felon – the maximum allowable penalty under the law.

Juan Perez, of Crown Heights, a career criminal with a history of burglary arrests met his match on August 1 at the hands of a Nanny-Cam, prosecutors said.

Perez 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.

Prosecutors said the homeowner was at work 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 called 911 and raced home, where she met with police from the 104th Precinct, 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,” police 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, police said.

The cop managed to fire one round at Perez during the struggle, striking Perez in a testicle a police source said. Perez managed to make a run for it, but was spotted by police, running through the rear of a residence on nearby Hull Avenue.

Perez tried to jump into a nearby backyard to evade arrest, but was captured by police.
Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said Perez was charged with burglary, assault of a police officer, possession of burglar’s tools, petit larceny, criminal possession of stolen property and resisting arrest.

Police said Perez was paroled on June 2, 2016 after serving time on a 5-year sentence for burglarizing a Queens home in 2012. He had previously been sentenced to a 5-year sentence for three burglary convictions in 2011, police said.

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,” police officials 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,” Bratton said.

“The defendant, a persistent felon, violated the sanctity of another person’s home in order to enrich himself,” Brown said. “He has now been sentenced by the court to a lengthy term of incarceration as punishment for his actions.”

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