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Brothers Arrested for Armed Robberies

Jan. 26, 2018

Suffolk County Police have arrested two brothers in connection with two armed robberies and a burglary of First Precinct businesses on January 23, 2018. Following an investigation, First Squad detectives arrested the brothers in Wheatley Heights, New York on January 23, 2018 at 8:45 p.m.


Rios-Hurdle and his brother Romeo Rios-Hurdle then broke into Milk N’ Things, located at 1287 Deer Park Ave. in  North Babylon, New York, at approximately 3:35 a.m., and stole cash from the closed business.


Miguel Rios-Hurdle then walked into the Mobil gas station, located at 380 Commack Road in Deer Park, at approximately 4 a.m., displayed a gun, and demanded cash. The teller complied with his demands and the suspect fled.



Miguel Rios-Hurdle, 18, of Wheatley Heights was charged with two counts of Robbery 1st Degree and Burglary 3rd Degree. Romeo Rios-Hurdle, 16, of Wheatley Heights was charged with Burglary 3rd Degree and Grand Larceny 3rd Degree.

NYC Street To Be Renamed By Heroic Soldier

Jan. 23, 2018

More than $300,000 has been raised to aid the families of a Bronx fire’s victims, while plans are in motion to name a borough street for the heroic Army private who died saving lives in the inferno.

City Councilman Ritchie Torres was among the community and religious leaders who gathered at a neighborhood church to announce the amount collected to help the victims of the Belmont building fire, as well as the distribution of donations collected.


The city lawmaker also detailed plans to honor Ghana native and Pvt. 1st Class Emmanuel Mensah.


“It means a lot,” said Mensah’s father, Kwabena Mensah, 62. “Ever since this happened, it’s been tough on us. He is a hero.”


Mensah, 28, was among the 13 victims of the fast-moving fire that destroyed the Prospect Ave. building on Dec. 28.


After the fire broke out on the first floor of the building, the young soldier, who was home for the holidays, saved four lives, officials said.

Cops Try To ID Woman Who Collapsed

Jan. 22, 2018

Cops have released photos of an unidentified woman who collapsed on Jan 21 at a Queens bottle recycling machine in the hope someone will recognize her. She remains hospitalized in critical condition, cops said.


She was feeding plastic bottles into a machine behind the Food Plus store on Kissena Blvd. at Cherry Ave. in Flushing when she fell unconscious at about 2:45 p.m. Medics took her to Flushing Hospital, and she was later transferred to North Shore University Hospital.


Cops describe the woman as Asian and said she wore a black hooded coat, dark pants and tan boots. She had a black purse.


Police ask that anyone with information call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS.

Driver Pummeled With Taser

Jan. 19, 2018

A dozen NYPD cops were videorecorded pulling a driver from his car in Queens before one officer repeatedly used a Taser to jolt the man as he hit the ground.


Sean Marcellin, 24, threatened to break one cop’s jaw and told the officer he was going to harm his children during the melee in Far Rockaway, cops said.


Video recorded by a bystander captured the tense scene at a car wash near Mott Ave. and Beach Channel Drive. Far Rockaway residents said Marcellin was getting hassled for not using a turn signal — and because he’s black.

Homeless Man Found Dead

Jan. 19, 2018

An unidentified man was found dead under the Hell Gate Bridge on Jan 14, and police believe he may have frozen to death.


Cops found the victim, an apparently homeless man in his 50s, on the ground with no obvious signs of trauma just before 4:30 p.m., police said. The Hell Gate Bridge connects Queens to Randalls Island.


The mercury dipped as low as 16 degrees early Sunday, with the wind-chill making it feel like just 1 degree.

Man Fatally Shot On Manhattan Street Corner

Jan. 09, 2018

A love triangle ended with a man shot to death on a Washington Heights street corner, police sources said, and now cops are asking the public's help finding the alleged shooter.


Police on Jan 7 identified 31-year-old Lee Almonte as their prime suspect in the Dec. 3 murder of Yadel Garcia, 27. Garcia and Almonte were romantically involved with the same woman, police sources said.


One man opened fire, hitting Garcia several times in the back, according to cops. Garcia went to NY-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center by private means, but he couldn't be saved.


Police ask that anyone with information about Almonte's whereabouts call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS.

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