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RELEASED IN ERROR RECAPTURED:
A 20-year-old Jamaica man who slipped out of jail on Sept. 30 is back
behind bars – thanks to some eagle-eyed cops at the 103rd Precinct.
Reid was in a cell at Queens Central Booking at about 9 p.m. on Sept. 30,
waiting for arraignment on criminal trespass charges, authorities said.
When a police officer called out for prisoner Corinthian Wright, Reid
slipped out instead – and the judge released him when attorneys failed
to prosecute, authorities said.
“booked it to the street,” an observer said. He was long gone before
court personnel realized their mistake, authorities said.
was picked up a few hours later by a pair of detectives at the 103rd Squad
who spotted him at the corner of 165th Street and Jamaica Avenue.
John Vitale and Police Officer Quang Dao, both assigned to the NYPD Queens
Court Section, were suspended on Oct. 1 or their failure to secure Reid.
DEATH ON QUEENS BOULEVARD:
A truck driver who suffered a heart attack while behind the wheel plowed
into an Astoria woman crossing Queens Boulevard this week, marking the
fifth death on that street this year, a city official said.
Oct. 3 accident occurred on the “Boulevard of Death” at 33rd Street
near the Long Island City Y-MCA where the victim, Mary Felleta, had just
driver, whose name was not released, suffered a heart attack and stepped
on the accelerator instead of the brake, according to Department of
Transportation spokesperson Tom Cocola.
No charges have been filed against the driver, who was removed to
Elmhurst Hospital Center and listed in stable condition, a police official
of 27th Street in Astoria, had just finished swimming at the LIC-Y
according to the Membership Director Maria Tapia. News of the accident was
hard to believe for those at the Y who had just seen Felleta walk out
heard there was an accident but I never imagined it was a member from
here,” said Tapia.
PENDING IN ELMHURST SLAY:
Police in Elmhurst are awaiting a determination by the City Medical
Examiner before filing charges in the Sept. 27 death of a 73-year-old
victim was discovered dead in the home on 79th Street at about 3 p.m. by
her daughter who lived with the woman and provided home care for her,
daughter, who returned from shopping to find her mother’s body, was held
at the scene for questioning, police said.
A flatbed truck carrying a load of lumber made a short turn from
Queens Boulevard onto Grand Avenue on Sept. 29 – flipping its load and
shutting down Grand Avenue for about two hours.
said the truck clipped a fire hydrant as it made the turn, causing the
flatbed to tumble and spilling the lumber.
were no injuries. No one was charged in the incident.
STABBER IN DEADLY DISPUTE:
A 25-year-old Elmhurst man was listed in serious but stable condition
at Elmhurst Hospital Center this week, after suffering critical stab
wounds in an attack on Oct. 1.
said the victim was arguing with another man at about 12:30 in a
commercial building at 86-22 Whitney Ave. when the man pulled a knife and
stabbed the victim in the head. The assailant then fled the scene, police
with information is asked to call the 110th Precinct Squad at (718)
TEENS CHARGED IN GAS STATION ASSAULT:
Police arrested two homeless teenagers on Oct. 3, charged in the Oct. 1
near-death attack on a Woodside gas station attendant.
believed at first that Harjit Singh, 43, suffered multiple skull fractures
during an attempted robbery at the station on 50th Street and Northern
said the suspects confronted Singh at the station because they believed he
had made advances toward the 13-year- old girlfriend of one of the
Adams, 19, and Travis Adams, 16, told police they kicked Singh “a few
times” when he fell to the ground during the attack. But doctors at
Elmhurst Hospital Center said Singh suffered multiple skull fractures and
bleeding on the brain – indicating a much more severe beating.
was found unconscious at the station at about 1:30 a.m. by employees
arriving for work, police said. He is listed in very critical condition at
Queens DA’s Office
Charges in bat
Four Queens youths have been charged with attempted murder and other
offenses in a baseball bat attack on a Douglaston street corner over the
weekend that left three other youths hospitalized, one with critical brain
injuries, District Attorney Richard Brown said.
Brown identified the defendants as Kevin Donaghy, 20, of
Little Neck, David Raneri, 19, of Glen Oaks, Joseph McMahon, 18, of
Douglaston and Alexander Nunez, 15, of Maspeth.
All four boys were charged with second degree attempted
murder, first degree gang assault, first and second degree assault and
fourth degree criminal possession of a weapon on Oct. 6. They face up to
25 years in prison each if convicted.
According to Brown, the incident took place on Oct. 4 at
about 12:40 a.m. opposite 50-36 248th St. near Van Zandt Avenue at a park
The four defendants – along with
numerous other males, all carrying baseball bats in their hands –
allegedly surrounded the victims and swung the baseball bats at them,
three victims sustained serious head injuries in the attack. Gianfranco
Scollo, 18, who underwent neurosurgery of the brain, remains in critical
and unstable condition, Maurizio Scollo, 16, who sustained a displaced
skull fracture, remains in critical but stable condition and Diego
Vallejo, 16, who sustained soft tissue damage, lacerations, contusions,
abrasion, swelling and substantial pain to his face and head remains
Although police said the attack was
drug-related, they could not give any more information, and said an
investigation is ongoing.
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