2018-10-10 / Front Page

Gazette Crime Watch

By Liz Goff
Welcome to the new Queens Gazette “Crime Watch” featuring comprehensive, “fast read” coverage of local cases that fall under the jurisdiction of the NYPD, state and federal law enforcement agencies, in a format that allows us to present details you won’t find in traditional police blotters.

Chained Body
The body of a 53-yer-old Jackson Heights man was found face down and fully clothed in Flushing Bay on October 3rd.
Cops said the body of Michael Panico was discovered at about 9:15 a.m. in Flushing Bay near the World’s Fair Marina, on Marina Road near Willets Point, with metal chains wrapped and locked around both legs.
The city Medical Examiner will determine the cause of death.

Second Man Dead In Jackson Heights
A passerby walking his dog in Jackson Heights found the badly decomposed body of a man on October 3rd, police said.
Cops said the body was found shortly after noon in a wooded area near 72nd Street and 41st Avenue. It is unclear if the unidentified man was killed at the location or if the body was dumped at the site following the man’s death.
This was the second body to turn up in Jackson Heights on October 3rd, a police spokesperson said. Police do not believe the deaths were related.
The city Medical Examiner will determine the cause of death.

Murder At Shish Kebab Cart
A 32-year-old homeless man is facing murder charges in connection with a stabbing at a Jackson Heights Shish Kebab cart, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said.
Brown said the victim, Miguel Angel Becerra-Perez, 25, was standing near a shish kebab cart on Roosevelt Avenue and 80th Street on the night of September 27th, wearing ear buds and shaking to music when the vendor shouted out that his order was ready. Perez wasn’t listening when the vendor spoke – which angered John Daves, 52, a homeless man who was standing nearby.
The enraged Daves was caught on surveillance video grabbing a knife from the cart and chasing Perez down the block, Brown said. Daves pulled Perez to the ground and stabbed him once in the right arm and once in the chest.
Perez was taken to Elmhurst Hospital Center where he died a short while later, Brown said.
“The defendant used a knife to settle a fight and now, because of this senseless act of violence, a 28-year-old man is dead,” Brown said.  “The defendant faces a very long term of incarceration for his alleged actions.”
Daves, who was arraigned on September 25th in Queens Criminal Court on murder and weapons possession charges, claimed self-defense and was held without bail.
Police said Daves was charged with assault and harassment in January 2018 after he punched another man in the face on Baisley Boulevard in the Jamaica section of Queens.
Daves pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct in that case and received a conditional discharge.

Hunt 2 In Teen Stab
Police are searching for two teenage suspects who allegedly used a sharp object to stab a 15-year-old boy on September 25th.
Cops said the attack began as a fistfight inside the Junction Boulevard No. 7 station at about 5:15 p.m. on September 25th. The victim and his attackers then left the station and walked to 98th Street and 37th Avenue, where one of the suspects stabbed the victim in the neck and fled the scene.
The victim was taken to Elmhurst Hospital Center where he was listed in serious but stable condition.
The first suspect is described as a Hispanic male, 13 to 17 years old, 5-feet, 6-inches tall and 140 pounds. He was wearing a black shirt, black sweatpants and black sneakers at the time of the attack.
The second suspect is described as a Hispanic male, 15 to 17 years old, 5-feet, 6-inches tall and 180 pounds. He was wearing dark colored jeans and white sneakers, and was carrying a white shirt at the time of the attack.
Police are urging anyone with information to call the CrimeStoppers HHOTLINE at 1-800-577-TIPS or click on www.nypdcrimestoppers.com.

Cops Hunt Astoria Houses Shooter
Police are searching for a gunman who opened fire outside the Astoria Houses on September 21st, striking a 21-year-old man in the buttocks.
Cops said the victim was standing outside 4-10 27th Avenue at about 4 p.m. on September 21st, when the gunman opened fire, striking him two times in the buttocks. The gunman then disappeared inside a building at 2-10 27th Avenue, police said.
The victim was taken to a local hospital where he was listed in stable condition.
An NYPD spokesperson said eyewitnesses and the suspect have provided few details on the suspect, other than he was dressed in black and had concealed his face with the hood of a sweatshirt.
Anyone with information is urged to call the CrimeStoppers HOTLINE at 1-800-577-TIPS or click on www.nypdcrimestoppers.com.

Twin Dad Leaps To Death
The dad wanted for questioning in the death of his 1-year-old daughter at a home in Queens jumped to his death from the roof of a Manhattan hotel on October 5th, police said.

Police believe 32-year-old Mohammad Torabi jumped from the roof of the 17-story Renaissance Hotel on East 57th Street sometime Friday and had been dead for almost a day before his body was discovered by a hotel worker on Saturday afternoon. Police said Torabi did not leave a note and investigators are probing the death as a suicide.

Torabi’s wife, Tina, 30, remains behind bars at Rikers Island, charged with the near-fatal beating of their 13-month-old son, Kian.

Police and prosecutors are waiting for autopsy results on the boy’s twin sister, Elaina, who was found unconscious with bruising to the back of her head and genitals, a large wound on her abdomen and open lesions all over her body, inside the family’s basement apartment in Auburndale, Queens on October 3rd.

Authorities have been looking into whether the father had anything to do with the girl’s death, a police spokesperson said.

The twins were born in August 2017 with opioids in their systems and were removed from the custody of their parents for six months, police said. The babies were returned to their mother in March after no evidence of drug use was found in the apartment. Child welfare workers made at least one visit to the home since that time, authorities said.

Tina Torabi was charged with felony assault and was held without bail for beating the little boy. The child was found near death inside the family apartment on the night of October 3rd.
Authorities said Torabi had a history of drug abuse and domestic violence against Tina.

Torabi was convicted in Texas in 2015, of misdemeanor and felony assaults against family members, a police source said. He also has an open arrest warrant for a child support violation in Nashville, Tennessee.

Tina had obtained an Order of Protection against her husband in January that was set to expire on October 10th, a police source said.
Kian was listed in critical but stable condition in the intensive care unit at Cohen’s Children’s

Medical Center with multiple broken ribs, bruises to his groin, a broken hip, a lacerated liver and severe swelling in his abdomen.

Authorities said the couple’s three other children ages 2, 4 and 5, were suffering from severe malnutrition when they were removed from the apartment on October 3rd.

Forest Hills Gunpoint Robbery

Police are searching for a gunman who held up a 59-year old Forest Hills man on October 3rd.

Cops said the gunman approached the victim outside 108-95 70th Avenue at abour 5:35 a.m. on October 3rd, flashed a weapon and demanded that the man hand over hi cash and valuables.

The man complied and handed his cell phone and wallet containing $200 cash and four credit cards to the gunman who fled on foot, south on 70th Street, police said.
Investigators later discovered that the gunman had used the credit cards at two Manhattan locations by mid-morning on October 3rd.

The gunman is described as a dark-skinned male in his 20s. He was wearing a red du-rag, white shirt with red lettering on the front, black sweatpants and black sneakers at the time of the robbery.

Anyone with information is urged to call the CrimeStoppers HOTLINE at 1-800-577-TIPS or click onwww.nypdcrimestoppers.com.

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