2019-02-13 / Front Page

Crime Watch

Compiled by Liz Goff

Astoria Storage Room Robbery

Police are seeking help from the public to help identify and locate a suspect who stole several electronic devices from a storage room inside an Astoria building on January 7th.
Cops said the man entered the building on 34th Avenue near 33rd Street through an unlocked door at about 9:30 p.m. on January 7th and made his way into the basement storage room, which was also unlocked.
The man grabbed a Samsung tablet and a Vizio television and ran from the scene, police said.
The suspect is described as a white or Hispanic male, approximately 30 years old and 5-feet, 7-inches tall. He was wearing a black hooded winger jacket, camouflage pants and black sneakers at the time of the robbery.
Police have released a surveillance photo (see photo) of the suspect and are urging anyone with information to call the CrimeStoppers HOTLINE at 1-800-577-TIPS or click on  www.nypdcrimestoppers.com.

Hunt Suspects In Knifepoint Robbery

Police are searching for two knife-wielding suspects who held up a man in Astoria on February 6th.
Cops said the 38-year-old victim was walking along 34th Avenue near 41st Street at about 1:15 a.m. on February 6th when the suspects approached him from behind.
One of the men pulled a knife and threatened to cut the victim while his accomplice stole an ATM card from the victim’s wallet, police said. The suspects then forced the victim to give them his PIN number and ran from the scene.
The victim was not injured in the attack, police said.
Police said the victims used the stolen ATM card at two unidentified locations where they made off with a total of $106 cash.
Anyone with information is urged to call the CrimeStoppers HOTLINE at 1-800-577-TIPS or click on www.nypdcrimestoppers.com.

LIC Man Facing 7-Years In Pup Beating

A 26-year-old Long Island City man remains behind bars this week on torture and animal cruelty charges stemming from his brutal beating of a helpless puppy, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said.
Luis Jimenez, of 10th Street, was captured on surveillance video brutally beating the tiny pup with a metal rod on December 20th, Brown said.
A criminal complaint alleges that Jimenez got into a fight with the brother of the dog’s owner just after 9 p.m. on December 20th. After the fight, the dog owner’s mother saw the eight-pound mixed-Chihuahua named “Gigi” walk toward Jimenez, according to the complaint.
Jimenez was then caught on surveillance footage beating the defenseless two-year old dog in the head, face, eye and cheekbone with the metal rod, causing her to yelp in pain, the complaint alleges.
The complaint further states that detectives took Gigi to the ASPA on December 21st, where a veterinarian completed a comprehensive examination of the pup that showed she had suffered severe damage to her right eye, she had a broken cheekbone and injuries that were consistent with having suffered blunt force trauma to the head.
Prosecutors said that, due to Jimenez’ actions, Gigi now lives with excruciating pain and is permanently blind in her right eye.
Gigi is still undergoing treatment at an ASPA hospital, where doctors say she may require surgery to remove her right eye, Brown said.
Jimenez was charged with criminal mischief, overdriving, torturing and injuring animals, failure to provide assistance and aggravated cruelty to animals at his arraignment at Queens Supreme Court on February 5th, where he was held in lieu of $15,000 bail.
“The defendant allegedly whacked a small, defenseless animal that approached him when he and a former friend got into a physical altercation,” Brown said. “The two-year-old pup suffered severe injurie3s to her face and right eye.
“This kind of alleged brutality against an eight-pound dog is both senseless and heartless,” Brown said. “The defendant will be held accountable for allegedly inflicting immeasurable3 pain on this poor animal.”
Jimenez is facing seven years in prison, if convicted.                                

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